Separation anxiety is normal from 8 months – 14 months. However, if your child continues to experience extreme anxiety when separated from you to go to school or visit homes of relatives and friends without you, they may be suffering something more severe. We understand that watching your child struggle with anxiety can be very difficult. The intense clinging, crying and pleas for you to stay with them can be heart-wrenching (and sometimes frustrating to deal with), Your attempts to help your child may not be working.
We specialize in separation anxiety and, after a brief consultation, we will be able to tell you if the difficulties your child is exhibiting are something that will pass as a normal stage of development or if it something more serious that can cause further difficulties if not treated. Anxiety is genetically inherited much like eye or hair color. If anxiety runs in your family, this is even more reason to address it as early as possible. Our clinicians at McCaskill Family Services specialize in the most empirically effective treatment for anxiety known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Through our extensive training and experience using this treatment approach, your child will learn strategies in a caring, supportive environment to effectively manage their symptoms of anxiety and you, as the parent, will know exactly what to do to help your child.