Early Childhood Anxiety

Just as anxiety can impact adults, it can also manifest in early childhood – affecting a child’s emotional wellbeing and overall development. Identifying and addressing these concerns is crucial to fostering a child’s mental health. Our experienced team at Bridges Therapy Centre can help children to overcome early childhood anxiety, ensuring they can navigate their formative years with resilience and confidence.

Anxiety in early childhood can arise from various sources, with common triggers including separation from caregivers, unfamiliar environments, or new experiences. It’s important to recognise the different forms it can take and address them effectively to prevent long-term consequences.

Identifying early childhood anxiety involves recognising both physical and mental symptoms. These can include:

  • Restlessness: Children may appear fidgety or unable to stay still.
  • Sleeping Issues: Changes in sleep patterns, nightmares, or difficulty falling asleep.
  • Physical Symptoms: Complaints of headaches, stomach aches, or muscle tension.
  • Behavioural Changes: Withdrawal, increased clinginess, or sudden changes in mood.
  • Separation Anxiety: Fear of separation from parents, and reluctance to attend school or nursery.

These symptoms, whether experienced individually or in combination, can significantly impact a child’s daily life and development.


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Overcoming Early Childhood Anxiety

Understanding the signs and addressing anxiety in its early stages is vital for building healthy emotional development in children, laying the foundation for a more secure and confident future. Bridges Therapy Centre employs a comprehensive approach to help children overcome early childhood anxiety. Our therapists utilise evidence-based techniques such as counselling, Play Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT. By working collaboratively with both the child and parents, we aim to understand the root causes of anxiety and develop tailored coping mechanisms.


How We Can Help

Our child psychotherapists and counsellors Shira Barkan-Tal and Hillel Mirvis are both experienced in providing a range of therapies tailored to each child’s unique needs. Whether through individual counselling or a combined approach, our goal is to equip children with the skills to manage anxiety, promote emotional resilience, and foster a positive developmental trajectory.


Contact Us

If your child is exhibiting signs of early childhood anxiety, contact our developmental psychologist in Hendon and Canary Wharf, for personalised support and effective intervention.


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