Speaker: Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst
Date: Tuesday, January 15th
Location: Family Center Upper Lounge, Room 201
ANXIETY – Barking Back at Worries:
Playful strategies for managing childhood & Adolescent anxiety
Everyone has worries. Not all worries are bad—some worries actually keep us safe and healthy. Some worries, however, are so powerful that they undermine healthy coping skills and decision making. For these types of worries, children need developmentally appropriate (and playful!) tools to “boss back” their worries. In her presentation, Dr. Ohlenforst will share the strategies portrayed in her first co-authored children’s picture book, Moose the Worry Mutt Goes to Doggie Daycare. She’ll model interactions aimed at teaching your child to identify, evaluate, and reframe his/her worried thoughts, much in the way that a loveable Lab named Moose learns to bark back at Fret the Flea. This presentation is geared to parents of children in lower and Middle school, ages 5-14
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Kristen M. Ohlenforst, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual and family-based interventions for children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her doctoral training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and subsequently completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Stanford School of Medicine.
Shortly after returning to Dallas, Dr. Ohlenforst founded Therapy Dallas, a group practice offering coordinated and comprehensive psychological services for children, adolescents, and adults in the Dallas area. Her primary areas of specialty include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals with Anxiety Disorders, and individualized Parent Consultation for parents of children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral difficulties.
You may read more about Dr. Ohlenforst, her speaking engagements, and the services available through Therapy Dallas at www.therapydallas.com.