Although anxiety disorders are more common in adults, they can occur at any age. Stressful or traumatic situations can act as a catalyst for childhood anxiety, and as children often have difficulty understanding or communicating their emotions, decoding their anxious behaviour can be very difficult for parents and caregivers.

If you are concerned that your child may be suffering from significant anxiety that is affecting their wellbeing, the London Psychiatry Clinic can help. We specialise in the holistic treatment of child and teenage anxiety, as well as childhood anxiety-related conditions including panic attacks, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and many more.

Our team will work closely with your child to gain an understanding of their symptoms and the impact that anxiety is having on their life. After an initial assessment session, we will create and implement a bespoke treatment plan that perfectly suits their needs.

Our unique approach to childhood anxiety treatment

Left undiagnosed and untreated, childhood anxiety can hinder a young person’s future success. Relationships, academic trajectory and self-confidence are often the most affected areas of a child or teenager’s life, as anxiety weaves its way through their character and impacts on their behaviour.

At the London Psychiatry Clinic, we specialise in helping children and teenagers to overcome excessive anxiety using a unique holistic approach that combines traditional, tried-and-tested methods with modern techniques. Your child’s bespoke anxiety treatment plan will be tailored to their needs and takes into consideration their medical history, personality and behaviours. We will carefully match your child with the right doctor for them ensuring that their therapeutic relationship is comfortable, safe and supportive.

Any required medications can be prescribed in-person or remotely, and many of our psychiatrists offer appointments in the evening or during the weekend.

Learn more about our approach to treating mental health problems

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“Sowing and nurturing the seeds of self-confidence in our young creates a sense of resilience that they can carry with them as they grow.”

Dr Regina Sala
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Childhood anxiety symptoms

Did you know that childhood anxiety can cause the following physical and emotional symptoms in young children and teenagers?

  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Worries and ruminations
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shaking
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tummy ache
  • Dissociation from the world around you

 

If your child or teenager is suffering from an anxiety disorder, they may also be displaying other physical, psychological or emotional indicators of distress in addition to these common symptoms. In fact, anxiety looks and feels different to everyone. That’s why our holistic therapeutic approach is built upon your child’s unique experiences, needs and preferences.

Childhood anxiety disorders we treat

Childhood anxiety is a complex condition that can manifest in the form of several different disorders, as well as associated conditions. If you think your child or teenager is suffering from anxiety, but you aren’t sure which disorder they are experiencing, don’t worry — we’re here to help!

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

If your child has been finding it hard to control their feelings of anxiety for a long time, and they seem to exhibit general anxiety about a range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event, they could be experiencing Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis)

If your child or teenager spends a lot of time worrying about their health and frequently checks for signs of illness or asks you for reassurance that they’re not ill, they could be experiencing health anxiety.

Panic Attacks (Panic Disorder)

If your child exhibits symptoms of sudden overwhelming anxiety, panic or fear, such as a racing heartbeat, faintness or shortness of breath, they may be suffering from panic disorder.

Social Anxiety (Social Phobia)

If your child avoids social situations, actively expresses dislike or fear of social gatherings and asks to be excused from every family party or social gathering, they may be feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and stress when in social situations, and could be experiencing social anxiety.

Phobias

If your child appears to have an overwhelming fear of a particular place, object, situation, feeling or animal, and it’s having a severe impact on their day-to-day life, they could be suffering from a phobia.

Stress (Burnout) (Nervous Breakdown) (Adjustment Disorder)

If your child experiences consistently high levels of anxiety, leaving them overwhelmed with exhaustion and other physical or emotional symptoms, they could be suffering from severe stress.

Dissociation (Depersonalisation, Derealisation or Detachment)

If your child suffers from significant anxiety for a prolonged period, they may develop a dissociative disorder. This can cause them to feel disconnected from themselves, their loved ones and the things they care about.

Agoraphobia

If your child has a strong, consistent fear of being in situations where they’ll struggle to escape, such as when travelling on public transport or visiting a shopping centre, they could be suffering from agoraphobia.

Our specialists in child and teenage anxiety treatment

The London Psychiatry Clinic is a collective of experienced psychiatrists, psychotherapists and medical secretaries who have come together to provide you with the most effective and cutting-edge care for a wide range of childhood mental health concerns.

Dr Srinivas Lanka

Dr Lara Lavadiño

Dr Regina Sala

Treating anxiety in children and teenagers: Our approach

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating any psychiatric condition, including childhood anxiety. There are many types of treatment available, and the most suitable one will depend on a variety of factors, including your child’s personality, unique needs, medical history and lifestyle.

A child or teenager experiencing anxiety may benefit from a conventional treatment approach, such as a medical prescription and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or they may experience better results from modern treatments, such as mindfulness coaching, nutritional analysis and sleep training. Our team of highly-trained psychiatrists will find the right approach for your child or teenager and support them through their journey to better mental health.

It’s essential that you, as your child’s central support system, are fully involved in and aware of your child anxiety treatment plan. We partner with you to carefully oversee their progress, and will always answer any question or address any concerns you have. This gives you the tools you need to help your child overcome their anxiety and enjoy peace of mind.

The childhood anxiety knowledge base

What is childhood anxiety?

Anxiety in children and teenagers can be a natural response to stress that is often triggered by events or situations that worry them, like issues in their personal lives or difficult situations at school. It’s common for them to experience feelings of fear, nervousness or apprehension. For some children and teenagers, this kind of anxiety can actually be a positive influence that spurs them on to achieve what they set out to do and prosper.

However, when anxiety becomes detrimental to a person’s wellbeing, feelings of stress and fear may become overwhelming and stay consistent over a longer period. Rather than being a positive influence that leads to action, anxiety may become debilitating and negatively impact someone’s academic trajectory, home life or social life.

What does childhood anxiety look like?

It’s important to understand that we all suffer from bouts of anxiety from time to time, and more often than not, these do not require treatment. However, when children’s symptoms become consistent and even debilitating, affecting their ability to complete everyday tasks, they would likely benefit from treatment by a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

Anxiety manifests in many different ways, and as we’re all unique, anxiety can present itself in many different ways. Your child may experience psychological symptoms, such as a constant sense of worry or even fear, or intrusive thoughts about bad things that could happen. They may also experience physical sensations such as breathlessness, palpitations, a sense of discomfort in their chest or butterflies in their stomach.

We’re all familiar with anxiety as a general sense of nervousness or unease, but some individuals with anxiety-related conditions might not experience these symptoms. Your child may feel disconnected from themselves and others, as if they are observing their life but aren’t fully present (disassociation), or they may intentionally try to avoid situations they feel they can’t escape from (such as public transport or lifts).

All of these symptoms and more might be a result of an anxiety disorder or condition, but whatever form their anxiety takes, we will carefully assess your concerns, lifestyle and needs to help identify the best course of treatment for your child.

How do I know which kind of childhood anxiety disorder my child or teenager may have?

If the symptoms and conditions on this page resonate with your child, they may be suffering from a particular anxiety disorder. In many cases, you may not be able to put them into any one category — and that’s okay! We’ll match them with the right doctor based on your unique needs and preferences, and they will conduct a thorough assessment of their symptoms, lifestyle, medical history and concerns before providing a diagnosis and recommended child or teenage anxiety treatment plan.

Which form of child and teenage anxiety treatment should I seek – psychotherapy or psychiatry?

When a child has an anxiety disorder or condition, it’s crucial that you find a child anxiety treatment option which works for them and that they feel comfortable with. It is possible to gain effective treatment for their condition from a psychotherapist, or a psychiatrist. Psychotherapists are qualified to offer talk therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which can help identify the root causes of their anxiety and challenge negative thought patterns that can exacerbate your feelings. Psychotherapists do not prescribe medication, such as antidepressants, which can benefit many patients when combined with therapy.

A psychiatrist is a medical professional with specialised training that qualifies them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional conditions and disorders, including anxiety. Like psychotherapists, psychiatrists can also offer talk therapy and CBT. Our collective of doctors are experienced psychiatrists and psychotherapists, which means we can work with your child to develop a dynamic holistic treatment plan comprising talk therapy, medication, or both.

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Gemma Luke

My name is Dr Gemma Luke, a consultant clinical psychologist. I have been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years, and as a qualified clinical psychologist since 2011.

Conditions I treat:
Self-HarmAddictions AnxietyBDDBipolar disorderBehaviour problemsDepression Eating DisordersOCDPanic AttacksPersonality DisordersTrauma & PTSDOffending behaviour (domestic, violent, and sexual abuse)Behavioural issues

I am passionate about promoting positive mental health and strive to work holistically with both mind and body to help my clients achieve lasting change.

Fees

Initial consultations: £245 (1 hour)

Follow-up consultations: £245 (1 hour)

Alexandra Madureira

I’m a Clinical Psychologist who thinks outside the box. I have a creative and passionate approach that focuses on healing emotions while also considering life situations and neurobiological mechanisms.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAddictions AnxietyBDDBipolar disorderBrain inuryBehaviour problemsChronic painDepression Eating DisordersFibromyalgiaMemory problemsOCDPanic AttacksPersonality DisordersTrauma & PTSD

I believe feeling safe is a prerequisite for change and therefore I focus on making people feel comfortable, so they can gain the courage to face and break unhelpful psychological patterns.

Fees

Please contact us for more information

Dr Ana Tsakiri

My Trauma-informed practice and holistic therapeutic approach aims to support children during periods of acute crisis but also help them with long standing emotional and behavioural difficulties. I work with families to understand how adversity and trauma has impacted a child’s world causing emotional and mental health difficulties as well as physical symptoms. I am also a Consultant Psychiatrist specialised in Interventional Psychiatry with TMS therapy for young people with resistant emotional difficulties and severe depression.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAnxietyAutismBehavioural problemsBDDBipolar disorderBrain inuryComplex TraumaDepression Eating DisordersEmotional Difficulties Family workInterpersonal relationship problemsOCDPanic AttacksParental Psychoeducation about Mental Health DisordersPersonality DisordersPhychosomatic symptomsPsychosisPTSDSleep problems

The aim is always for your child to overcome the negative influence of the experience, redefine how they feel and rebuild their confidence

Fees
First Consultation:
£395
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£650
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£790
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£245
(30 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£295
(40 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£395
(60 min)

Dr Jonathan Garabette

I am a Psychiatrist specialising in General Psychiatry and Medical Psychotherapy. I treat most mental health difficulties and offer a range of approaches including medication, psychological therapies and lifestyle modification.
Conditions I treat:
Depression and Dysthymia​Depression and Dysthymia​Depression and Dysthymia​

I always try to focus on understanding you as a whole person and how any symptoms, problems and diagnoses affect you, your life and what is important to you.

Fees
First Consultation:
£475
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£720
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£895
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£275
(30 minutes)
Follow-up consultations:
£320
(40 minutes)
Follow-up consultations:
£475
(60 minutes)

Lynn Gruwez

I’m a Clinical Psychologist with experience across a range of mental health conditions. My goal as a therapist is to see each person as someone unique and human. I seek to understand in depth the nature of any mental health symptoms so that I can flexibly and creatively adapt therapy to suit your circumstances.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAddictions AnxietyBDDBipolar disorderBehaviour problemsChronic painDepression Eating DisordersFibromyalgiaOCDPanic AttacksSleep problemsTrauma & PTSD

I believe in a holistic, non-judgemental approach where clients have the space and freedom to share their fears without constraint. I have a strong interest and passion for Mindfulness.

Fees

Please contact us for more information

Dr Triveni Joshi

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with over 15 years clinical experience. I treat a wide variety of mental health and emotional conditions with an emphasis on holistic treatment and working with parents/carers.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAngerAnxietyAutismBDDBipolar disorderBehavioural difficultiesDepression Emerging Personality DisordersOCDPanic AttacksParentingPsychosisSleep problemsTrauma & PTSD

I love to work with children. I wholeheartedly believe that early intervention is one of the best ways to successfully manage long term mental health problems.

Fees
First Consultation:
£475
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£720
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£895
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£320
(40 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£475
(60 min)

Dr Regina Sala

I am a caring and approachable medical doctor specializing in cognitive, behavioural and emotional well-being in children, adolescents, adults and their families. My ethos is to offer excellence of care based on evidence-based research with respect and compassion.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAutismAddictions AnxietyAttachment difficultiesBDDBehaviour problemsBereavement, grief and lossBipolar disorderBrain injuryChronic painDepressionEating DisordersFamily TherapyFibromyalgiaIntellectual disabilityMedically unexplained symptomsOCDPanic AttacksPersonality DisordersPsychosisPsychosomatic symptomsSleep problemsSocial communication disorderSpecific learning disordersTics and Tourette’s syndromeTrauma & PTSD

I see my patients as human beings and aim to foster a sincere and relaxed environment so that we can build trust during our sessions. I believe in a positive body-mind integration with neuroscience’s principles to empower self-awareness, resilience and personal growth

Fees
First Consultation:
£475
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£720
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£895
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£320
(40 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£475
(60 min)

Dr Maria M. Herves

I am a General Psychiatrist with great interest in childhood and adolescence psychiatry. I have been working specifically in this field over the last 10 years. I believe that supporting mental health at early stages in life can prevent it from developing further into more persistent difficulties in adulthood.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAnxietyAutismBehaviour problemsBipolar disorderChronic painComplex trauma and PTSDDBT(Dialectical behaviour therapyDepressionEmotional DysregulationFamily workFibromyalgiaMemory problemsOCDPanic AttacksParentingPersonality DisordersPsychosisPsychosomaticSchool bullying and cyberbullyingSleep problems

I regard the patient as the product, not the problem. They are a result of their environmental, genetic and social influences, all of which can be addressed and supported with professional help.

Fees
First Consultation:
£475
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£720
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£895
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£250
(30 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£320
(40 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£475
(60 min)

Dr Iyas Assalman

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist specialised in General Adult Psychiatry. I treat a wide variety of mental health and emotional conditions and I have an expertise in treating Adults with ADHD.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAnxietyBDDBehaviour problemsBipolar disorderDepressionMemory problemsOCDPanic AttacksPsychosisSleep problemsTrauma and PTSD

Rather than seeing you as a diagnosis or trying to change your personality, I want to understand my patients as a whole person.

Fees
First Consultation:
£495
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£745
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£980
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£290
(30 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£385
(40 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£495
(60 min)

Dr Luis Alameda

I am a General Adult Psychiatrist and a Neuroscience Researcher. I specialise in severe mental conditions including trauma. I offer an individualised intervention integrating psychotherapy and medical approaches.

Conditions I treat:
AnxietyBorderline Personality DisorderBipolar disorderBrain inuryBehaviour problemsChronic painDepression Dissociative disordersNarcissistic Personality DisorderOCDPanic AttacksPersonality DisordersPsychosisReactions to acute stressSchizophreniaSchizoaffective DisorderSleep problemsTrauma & PTSD

I believe that difficulties in managing mental health are a normal part of life and far more common than you might think. They present an opportunity to understand the problem, become more self-aware and progress on your journey.

Fees
First Consultation:
£395
(1 hour)
Follow-up consultations:
£220
(30 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£330
(45 min)

Dr Lara Lavadiño

I am a General Adult Psychiatrist specialised in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have specialist expertise in managing complex and long term conditions. I am an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) certified psychotherapist also integrating Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy principles.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAnxietyAutismBDDBehaviour problemsBrain injuryChronic fatigueChronic painDepressionDissociationFibromyalgiaLearning DisabilityOCDPanic AttacksPanic/AgoraphobiaParentingPerformance anxiety in Music, Acting and SportsPerinatal PsychiatryPersonality DisordersPsychosisSleep problemsSocial phobiaTinnitus and VertigoTrauma & PTSD

I believe in a positive psychiatry approach, empowering both children and adults to overcome any difficulties by providing education and support on their condition, along with a holistic and personalised treatment plan.

Fees
First Consultation:
£475
(1 hour)
First Consultation:
£720
(1.5 hours)
First Consultation:
£895
(2 hours)
Follow-up consultations:
£320
(40 min)
Follow-up consultations:
£475
(60 min)

Dr Srinvas Lanka

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Adult Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. I treat a wide variety of mental health and emotional conditions and have specialist expertise in managing complex and long term conditions.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAutismAddictions AnxietyBDDBipolar disorderBrain inuryBehaviour problemsChronic painDepression Eating DisordersFibromyalgiaMemory problemsOCDPanic AttacksPersonality DisordersPsychosisSleep problemsTrauma & PTSD

I try to understand your treatment goals, values, limitations and preferences, so we can personalise your treatment using the best approach that gives you sustained recovery.

Fees
ADHD Initial Consultation:
£1160
(2 hours)
Initial Consultation:
£870
(1.5 hours)
Follow-up Consultation:
£290
(30 min)
Follow-up Consultation:
£580
(1 hour)

Dr Jonathan Garabette

I am a Psychiatrist specialising in General Psychiatry and Medical Psychotherapy.
I treat most mental health difficulties and offer a range of approaches including medication, psychological therapies and lifestyle modification.

Conditions I treat:
Addictions AnxietyBDDBipolar disorderBorderline Personality DisorderComplex TraumaDepersonalisationDepression Eating DisordersInsomniaOCDSleep problemsPanic AttacksPsychosisTrauma & PTSD

I always try to focus on understanding you as a whole person and how any symptoms, problems and diagnoses affect you, your life and what is important to you.

Fees
Initial Consultation:
£1160
(2 hours)
Initial Consultation:
£870
(1.5 hours)
Follow-up Consultation:
£580
(1 hour)
Follow-up Consultation:
£290
(30 min)

Dr Nagore Benito

I am a General Adult Psychiatrist with extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of most mental health conditions. I offer a person-centered and holistic approach.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAnxietyBDDBipolar disorderDepression OCDPanic AttacksPsychosisSleep problemsTrauma & PTSD

The best six doctors anywhere, and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, and air, exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing Your mind they’ll ease Your will they’ll mend And charge you not a shilling
– Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Dr Alberto Pertusa

I have a strong interest in behaviour modification, lifestyle optimisation and the use of self-quantification as a way to foster wellbeing and increase performance.

Conditions I treat:
ADHDAddictionsAnxietyBinge EatingOCDOrthorexiaSleep problems

I always strive to provide the highest standards of care to all my patients.
I endeavour to offer personalised and bespoke treatment in order to meet your specific needs