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    Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) in NYC

    As a parent, you’re always seeking the best ways to support your child, especially when they are dealing with anxiety. SPACE is a unique approach to help you in this journey.

    What is Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)?

    Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach designed specifically for parents. It empowers you to help your child overcome anxiety and related issues. Unlike traditional therapy that involves direct intervention with the child, SPACE focuses on modifying parental behavior to support your child’s emotional needs.

    How does SPACE help parents of anxious children?

    SPACE can greatly benefit parents who have children and teenagers dealing with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other stress-related symptoms. This therapeutic option becomes particularly useful if you notice that your child is not ready or willing to participate in therapy themselves.

    The SPACE approach acknowledges the vital role you as a parent play in your child’s emotional well-being and aims to equip you with the necessary tools and strategies to effectively support your child’s mental health. By offering guidance and support to parents, SPACE helps you become a significant source of comfort and guidance for your anxious or distressed child.

    What are the benefits of Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)?

    One of the primary benefits of SPACE is that it recognizes the limitations some children may have in engaging in traditional therapy, such as resistance, lack of interest, or developmental challenges. Instead of attempting to force therapy upon the child, this approach focuses on equipping parents with the necessary skills, tools, and understanding to face challenges within your own family environment.

    By providing you with the valuable knowledge and tools to better comprehend your child’s anxiety and related conditions, SPACE empowers you to create a nurturing and supportive atmosphere at home. This approach helps parents foster an environment that promotes open communication, effective coping mechanisms, and the development of healthy strategies to manage anxiety and stress.

    Additionally, SPACE can assist you in understanding the various triggers and factors that contribute to your child’s anxiety or difficult symptoms. With this awareness, parents and caregivers can tailor their support to meet their child’s unique needs, while also reducing accommodation behaviors that unintentionally reinforce the problematic thoughts and behaviors associated with anxiety. Over time, these changes in parental support can lead to a decrease in symptom severity and improved overall emotional well-being for your child.

    Who Can Benefit from SPACE?

    This approach is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, OCD, and other stress-related symptoms.


    NYC Therapists who specialize in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

    Connecting with the right therapist is the most important factor in your search. We’re here to help you find a great match.

    Issues Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) Helps With:

    • Childhood anxiety

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • Social anxiety

    • Separation anxiety

    • Generalized anxiety disorder

    • Panic disorder

    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    • Selective mutism

    • School refusal or avoidance

    • Perfectionism

    • Specific phobias (e.g., fear of spiders, fear of heights)

    • Performance anxiety (e.g., test anxiety, public speaking anxiety)

    • Health anxiety (e.g., excessive worry about illness or physical symptoms)

    • Emotional dysregulation (e.g., difficulty managing emotions, frequent outbursts)

    • Sibling anxiety (anxiety in relation to a sibling’s condition or behaviors)

    • Family-related anxiety (anxiety within the family system, such as parental divorce or conflict)

    • Issues related to childhood trauma or adverse experiences that manifest as anxiety symptoms

    • Anxiety-related difficulties in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    How SPACE Works and What to Expect

    SPACE therapy involves several key steps:

    • Understanding Your Child’s Anxiety: Learning about how anxiety affects your child.

    • Parental Response: Identifying and modifying how you respond to your child’s anxiety.

    • Supportive Changes: Implementing supportive changes that encourage your child to face their anxieties.

    • Regular Sessions: Attending sessions to discuss progress, challenges, and strategies.

    In SPACE sessions at Clarity, you can expect a collaborative environment where your role as a parent is both respected and empowered. Parents using the SPACE approach also benefit from increased confidence and assurance in their abilities to address their child’s mental health concerns. By actively participating in your child’s therapeutic process, parents can develop a greater sense of control and efficacy in dealing with their child’s anxiety-related challenges.

    How can I learn more about Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)?

    It may be helpful to do your own research to understand if SPACE is right for you. We encourage you to explore the recommended reading, research articles, podcasts, and various resources on the SPACE website to learn more.

    Interested in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)?

    Get in touch today.

    A parent, you play a pivotal role in your child’s mental health journey. SPACE at Clarity Therapy NYC offers a unique, empowering approach to help your child navigate anxiety and related challenges. Reach out to us to learn more and begin this transformative journey.

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