Children often show passing fears of all kinds of things: thunderstorms, rain on the roof, dogs, and the dark. But sometimes these fears seem to get stuck and won’t respond to what the child’s family patiently tries to do for them. At other times children seem to have a long-term pattern of particular fears such as separation from their parents or fear of social gatherings.

Anxiety can be crippling for a child – they don’t have the life experience to tell them that one way or another things will usually turn out alright. Many factors can make things more complicated and so it is no wonder that families often find this one hard to eradicate. Anxiety issues often respond very well to sympathetic intervention – and they are the No 1. reason for children being referred to our practice.