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Do you often feel afraid, nervous, or worried? Everyone experiences anxiety at times, but some people feel so scared, nervous, or worried that it causes problems for them at home with family and friends or even at school. Do your anxious feelings cause you problems or hold you back from doing things that you want to do, like spending time with friends, going to school, or participating in extracurricular activities? Did you know that about one out of every five children and teenagers experience high levels of anxiety?

Are there times when you feel down or sad and those feelings do not go away for days or weeks at time? Sometimes, when children or teens experience these feelings, they also feel irritable, think badly of themselves and the future, have low energy, have trouble concentrating, and have problems eating and sleeping. They may also feel bored. Are things that used to be fun no longer fun for you? Have others expressed concern about your low mood? Did you know that almost one in five teens experiences depression? Children experience depression, too.

Do you experience upsetting thoughts that keep coming back over and over again, even though you want them to stop? Do you perform certain actions over and over again in order to stop yourself from feeling uncomfortable, even though these actions might seem silly? Do these thoughts and actions take up a lot of your time and cause problems at home, at school, or with friends? Did you know that about 500,000 children and teens in the U.S. have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Have you witnessed or experienced a very upsetting event? Since then, have thoughts of the event kept coming back over and over? Have you felt more on edge and negative regarding the future? Have you been avoiding things that remind of you what happened? Many children and teens have difficulty coping when they have experienced scary events.

Do you have a hard time concentrating or paying attention? Do you have difficulty staying organized and often lose things you need? Do you have a hard time sitting still and feel the need to constantly move around? Do you have a hard time waiting your turn in games? Do these things cause problems for you at school, at home, or with friends? Did you know that close to one out of every ten children and teens experiences these difficulties?

Do you feel frustrated by people around you? Do you frequently get into arguments with your parents and teachers? Do you feel angry about house or school rules and sometimes choose not to follow them? Does it seem that others tend to focus more on the negative things you do rather than the positive things? Did you know that approximately one out of every ten children and teens experiences these problems?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Many children and teens experience these difficulties. Although some youth experience difficulties in one area, it is also very common for youth to experience difficulties in multiple areas.

Here at The Center for Effective Child Therapy at Judge Baker Children's Center, we help youth and teens ages 2-19 who may be suffering from these and other issues. We offer a safe place where you can better understand your feelings and thoughts. We also provide tools for you to use to help manage and decrease any negative feelings you experience. The treatments we provide have proven effective for many children and teens through numerous research trials.

For information about what to expect when you visit our clinic, please read the section below.

What to Expect

When you first come to the clinic, you will participate in an assessment. During the assessment, one of our clinicians will interview you and you will also fill out some questionnaires. The interview and questionnaires are not tests. There are no right or wrong answers. The goal of the interview and questionnaires is to learn about what you have been experiencing and to figure out if the treatments we offer here may be helpful to you. You are allowed to take breaks during the interview if you become tired and are free not to answer any question you do not feel comfortable with answering. As part of the assessment, we will also interview your parents/guardians and ask them to fill out questionnaires. The assessment will last for approximately 3 hours.

Based on the assessment, we will decide whether the treatments we offer may be helpful to you. If the assessment reveals that you are experiencing something that we do not specialize in or that our Center is not a good fit for your family, we will do our best to provide you with a list of places that may work better for you.

If we believe that we can be helpful to you, we will invite you and your parents/guardians to participate in therapy. Typically, therapy sessions last about 50 minutes once per week. Sometimes, we see people more than once a week or for longer sessions. Treatment usually lasts for a few months but may last longer or shorter. Depending on what may be most helpful, sessions may involve you meeting alone with the therapist, your parents/guardians meeting alone with the therapist, or you and your parents/guardians meeting together with the therapist.

Throughout treatment, we aim to build a strong, positive relationship with you. We believe that you are the expert on you and value hearing about your thoughts and feelings. We will work as a team to better understand what you have been experiencing and to explore tools that may help you decrease negative feelings, increase positive feelings, and improve the quality of your life at home, at school, and with friends.