How to Help Your Child with Separation Anxiety by Kristen Estrella, LCSW


How to Help Your Child with Separation Anxiety by Kristen Estrella, LCSW, Bergen County Moms

Is your child visibly anxious at bedtime, going to school, or separating from you in general? If so, then The Invisible String is worth adding to the bedtime story rotation!


This book speaks to the worries children often have when beginning to understand that saying goodnight or saying goodbye means separating from the ones they love. Patrice Karst teaches children that while we may be physically separate, our hearts are always connected to one another, and we are never truly alone!


* Pro Tip by our child/adolescent specialist Kristen Estrella, LCSW: Pair this book with a goodnight/goodbye ritual or a tangible symbol such as putting our hands on our heart and thinking of our loved ones, making a “heart strings” bracelet, or sending them to school with a family picture to remind them of the connections we carry.


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Kristen Estrella, LCSW, a Psychotherapist at Lukin Center Psychotherapy, earned her B.A. in Psychology from American University and her Master of Social Work from Boston University. During Kristen's studies, she practiced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) under the guidance of Daniel Beck, faculty member at the Beck Institute for CBT. Following graduate school, Kristen pursued her interest in working with children ages 0-7. Kristen's clinical expertise earned her national certifications in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, two premier evidence-based practices that address difficulties between children and parents. She is also nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kristen's specialization in infant and early childhood mental health led her to become the Child-Parent Psychotherapy supervisor across three children's programs in outpatient mental health.


 

Konstantin Lukin, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Ridgewood, Hoboken, Montclair Jersey City and Englewood. He has extensive clinical and research experience spanning individuals of all ages, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He specializes in men’s issues, couple’s counseling, and relationship problems. His therapeutic approach focuses on providing support and practical feedback to help patients effectively address personal challenges. He integrates complementary modalities and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each patient. He has been trained in cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavior, schema-focused, and emotionally focused therapy, and has also been involved with research projects throughout his career, including two National Institute of Mental Health-funded studies. He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New Jersey Psychological Association, Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists, New York State Psychological Association, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, The New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACSB) and a regular contributor to Psychology Today.