Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety — Childs Work Childs Play

Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety

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By Liana Lowenstein, MSW

  • Games, activities and stories to address a variety of anxiety symptoms
  • Creative, comprehensive, and appealing CBT techniques for children
  • Techniques include psychoeducation, relaxation, affective expression, cognitive coping & more
  • Geared for children aged 6-12

Packed with innovative cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help child clinicians engage, assess, and treat children with a variety of anxiety symptoms and disorders. Therapeutic games, art, stories, and other creative activities address the key components of CBT: Psychoeducation, relaxation, affective expression, cognitive coping, exposure, and parent training. Includes practical strategies for overcoming common clinical challenges plus interventions and handouts for parents. An invaluable resource for mental health practitioners seeking creative ways to make CBT engaging and child-friendly.

Softcover, 162 pages

About the Author

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT specialist in practice in Toronto, Canada since 1988. She is internationally recognized for her innovative work including numerous books on child and family therapy. Liana is frequently invited to give presentations throughout Canada and abroad. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy for nine years and is the former Education Chair of the Canadian Play Therapy Certificate Program. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada


A very creative, thorough and comprehensive compilation to make CBT appealing to young children, and to enhance rapport and motivation. A valuable resource for therapists, as it provides a range of ideas to engage children in treatment, especially those who are reluctant. -- --Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., The Anxiety Wellness Centre, Author of Worried No More.

Lowenstein offers multiple creative, practical activities for delivering interventions in a developmentally sensitive manner. In conjunction with a strong background in the concepts of CBT, this book will help practitioners translate empirically supported techniques into play. It is highly recommended for child therapists. -- --Susan M. Knell, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Author of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy

This volume provides a clear roadmap for clinicians who work with anxious children and utilizes the therapeutic powers of play to augment CBT treatment for this population. Jamie s story invites children to learn about anxiety through the eyes of a likable character while learning that there is hope for change, while the reproducible handouts for parents invite them deeper into the process and provide psychoeducation that will enhance treatment outcomes. This text will be a welcome addition to the resources of all who work with anxious children. -- --Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, Author of Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids