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Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Publication Date:
Jul 26, 2022
Champion Press
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Children who suffer from anxiety can be difficult to treat because they’re more hesitant to trust, have a tendency toward avoidance and negative thinking, and are typically reluctant to face their fears. The challenge of working with younger children is further compounded by their developmental capacity which makes it harder for them to express their thoughts and feelings and understand CBT concepts.

Anxious children are even more resistant to participate in therapy when it is talk-oriented and workbook-based. In Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety, award-winning author and international keynote speaker Liana Lowenstein outlines an innovative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to create a positive therapeutic experience for your clients and augment treatment effectiveness.

This must-have book will equip you to:

  • Integrate therapeutic games, art, stories, and other creative interventions with CBT
  • Create a safe and trusting therapeutic environment
  • Assess anxiety in children
  • Address core treatment components: Psychoeducation, relaxation, affective expression, cognitive coping, exposure, relapse prevention
  • Engage children who are reluctant to follow through with their exposure plans
  • Collaborate with parents and school personnel to augment the child’s therapeutic progress
  • Treat your toughest cases including children suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, separation anxiety, perfectionism, selective mutism, and school refusal

See Liana Lowenstein’s other books, which present more engaging and practical techniques.

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Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S's Profile

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S Related seminars and products

Liana Lowenstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto for over 35 years. Her areas of specialty include treating trauma, bereavement, divorce, anxiety, and ADHD. She integrates play therapy into evidence-based models such as CBT and TF-CBT. In addition to her clinical practice, she provides supervision and consultation to mental health professionals. Liana’s 14 books are used by mental health professionals and children’s support workers all over the world, and several have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Turkish. Her best-selling titles include Creative Interventions for Bereaved, Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce, Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety, and Cory Helps kids Cope with Sexual Abuse. Her latest book, Cory Helps Kids Cope with Grief: Playful Activities for Young Children, helps young grievers impacted by suicide, homicide, drug overdose, natural disasters, mass violence, war, military casualties, and other types of loss.
Liana is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences and agency training events, and has provided workshops throughout North America and abroad, including China, South Africa, Israel, England, New Zealand, Australia, and Slovenia. Liana has trained mental health professionals and grief group facilitators on innovative ways of supporting bereaved children, including presentations at the ADEC conference, The International Death, Grief, and Bereavement Conference in La Crosse, and Canada’s Grief Certificate Program run through the Learning Institute at the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health. 

Liana is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Liana Lowenstein maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant. She receives royalties as a published author. Liana Lowenstein receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Liana Lowenstein is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy, and the Association for Play Therapy.




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