The Phases of Anxiety Recovery

Open Communication and a United Working Relationship

There are many phases of the recovery process that parents must learn to navigate through in order to develop a therapeutic alliance, which will help expedite their child’s recovery. Open communication and a united working relationship with your child’s therapist will help guide them to respect the role of their therapist in their treatment plan. Together, we will be able to address behaviors, questions and concerns that may arise.

Staying Together

Having your child at home throughout treatment is the ideal option for any family.

Being away from your child, especially when they are having a hard time, can be painful. With Anxiety institute’s Intensive Outpatient Program, your child is at home where you can monitor their well-being and support their progress. That does not come without its challenges, however because this means that your child is at home where their anxious behavior and your conditioned responses permeate day-to-day interactions.

Typical Phases of Recovery

The typical phases of recovery, in practice, are a little jagged.

The recovery progression, while showing a consistent upward trend, is more likely to be an irregular line with overall upward trajectory. Regression and setbacks are part of the recovery and treatment process. It is important to keep your eye on the big picture when measuring successful treatment. Reframing setbacks as opportunities for growth sends the signal to your child that they have not failed, but in fact have another opportunity to build resiliency and courage.

Typical Phases of Recovery

  • Acclimating & Starting the Work
  • Resisting the Process
  • Pushing Through the Resistance and Responding to Treatment
  • Doing the work and Stepping up the Game
  • Creating Confidence through mastery & Self Advocation
  • Demonstrating Mastery

Your Role as a Parent

Parents are an important role throughout the treatment process, but specifically in the post-treatment period.

It is important to remain vigilant in maintaining a supportive stance and ensuring that you refrain from enabling or “accommodating” old behaviors. At Anxiety Institute, we work together with you to form a team to facilitate the process and improve efficacy of treatment. Our philosophy is to have open, honest dialog assuming its in the best interest of your child. We are here to help you transition from accommodating your anxious child to supporting them. It is a tough transition, but you are not alone. We are here to help prepare you, so you know what to expect throughout the treatment process so that you are well equipped to support your child through each phase of recovery.

In Conclusion

At Anxiety Institute, we have an integrated team of professionals working to deliver advanced anxiety treatment to your child and their parents/caregivers.

For more information about the phases of recovery, or to begin our enrollment process, please contact us today.

About the Author

Daniel Villiers, PhD


Dr. Dan brings over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families in a range of clinical and educational settings.

“My personal knowledge and experience of anxiety and fear, as a victim and as a conqueror, has gifted me the valuable asset of emotional intelligence. Knowledge and experience that will give me the empathy to connect with others and the grit to overcome adversity.”

Dr. Daniel Villiers

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