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Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Michele Kambolis from Harbourside Family Counseling Centre aired August 11th

One in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder; one in eight experienced clinical levels of anxiety. Amidst these extremes, every family must deal with some level of childhood stress: worries about changes at home, school pressures and scary headlines. What caused this surge in anxiety in our young people? How can parents combat this? Esteemed child and family therapist Michele Kambolis combine theory and practical, play- based activity to help this ‘generation stressed’.

Kambolis shows how to translate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques from her book Generation Stressed into fun, playful exercises that can be practised by parents with their children. CBT is the top, evidence-based toolset to reduce childhood anxiety; it teaches children powerful ways to change their thinking patterns and actions to decrease stress and increase resiliency.


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Children experiencing high levels of anxiety are more likely to be physically sick, experience additional social problems, suffer from weakened brain development, and be less financially independent in later life. At a time when mental health is at the forefront of many parents’ priorities, Kambolis demystifies methods that ensure our children’s mental well-being. At the heart of these methods is a focus on joyful parenting and the relationship between parent and child.

Michele Kambolis (MA) is a registered Child and Family Therapist and Parent Educator dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues. She is currently pursuing her PhD program in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University and is passionate about supporting global health initiatives. Her book, Generation Stressed, has received widespread praise from therapists, families and media alike. Kambolis writes a popular weekly parenting advice column, Parent Traps, for The Vancouver Sun.

Michele shares with us an easy to use handbook which offers original, engaging and effective exercises developed by Kambolis that you can use at home, on the road and in social settings to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety in your child.

Michele Kambolis, MA/RCC
Harbourside Family Counseling Centre

1727 Fir St. | Vancouver, BC | V6J 5J9

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