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April 2015
Alleviating Anxiety
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Five Steps to Conquering Panic

"It came out of nowhere.  One minute I was on the bus on my way to school, and the next minute I was dying.  I couldn't catch my breath.  My heart was beating out of my chest, and I was shaking so hard I thought I was having a seizure."

Over the last 20 years, In Step has seen a steep rise in anxiety related suffering among our children and teens. Viewed as an internalizing disorder, anxiety is frequently not obvious to an outsider. This means there are many children suffering in silence.  Panic Disorders (PD), like the one Meryl struggles with, are both terrifying and agonizing. This painful disorder is challenging enough and is compounded when situations that evoke fear of panic are avoided.


It's terribly challenging for the parent of the child with PD to know how to handle both the panic itself and the avoidance behavior. When your child is experiencing real physical symptoms such as a racing heart, chest pain, sweating, trembling, dizziness, and nausea, it's terrifying for you too. If you don't take them to the ER, what if you are wrong and something terrible does happen? When your child, crying hysterically, protests going to school, how can you force them to go?


The following are Five Steps for you to help your child who suffers with panic attacks: read more. 

Q&A with Cathi Cohen
We sat down with In Step Director, Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP to talk to her about her new group. Click through for the answers. 

Why did you decide to lead a group to help kids deal with anxiety?
Anxiety Group Informational Session
Saturday, April 18th at 12pm in Fairfax 


Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP will hold an informal talk for parents who are interested in learning more about her anxiety group for elementary age children. She will discuss in detail the format and treatment modalities of the group and the kinds of issues she will address with the members.


Space is limited. Please find the RSVP link on our website
Moving Meditation classes at In Step Sterling
Qigong classes still open for enrollment

There is still time to register for the Moving Meditation classes being held at our Sterling office. Join us on Mondays and/or Thursdays from 8:30am to 9:30am for 6 weeks starting April 13th/April 16th.


These classes will help you reduce stress, increase energy and focus your mind; all without special equipment or the ability to touch your toes!

Please visit our website for the flyer and information on how to sign up. Space is very limited.