How to help children overcome fears

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How to help children overcome fears

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Children can be very fearful of things like elevators and bees. You want to understand more about your child's specific worries. What is it that she's worried about, about bees and about elevators? Listen to that and once you know more, you'll be able to think with her about what she needs to do to overcome her fear. One thing might be she may have some misinformation s getting from accurate information the two of you studying together about elevators work or what bees do might be really helpful. Gradual exposure to the things she’s afraid of might be helpful as well. Taking an elevator just one floor up maybe much more doable for her than five floors up and will help her build her confidence.

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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