Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide To Managing Anxiety


Dawn Huebner PhD, is a clinical psychologist specialising in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. Her award-winning books have sold nearly a million copies globally and she has given a Top-Ten TEDx talk about facing and overcoming fear.

In this book, which is aimed towards 9-13 year olds struggling with unrealistic fears, she explains how ‘worry’(lower-case)  can quickly shift into ‘Worry’ (upper-case). She then provides guidance on a set of skills including strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and techniques arising from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that have ‘proven remarkably effective in the treatment of anxiety’, when practised consistently.

The style of the book includes the use of cartoons and the author speaks directly to the reader, in a style that is immediately accessible to them , without being overly academic or condescending. She recognises that the ‘worries’ can exert a very powerful influence on an individual child, and she guides the reader through a number of exercises including breathing techniques, developing safety behaviours and mindfulness strategies.

This is a very user-friendly book that helps children to break the anxiety cycle and take charge of their mental wellbeing.

Author: D. Huebner 
Illustrator: K. McHale
Publisher: Jesica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-78592-782-9

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