Interview with Sharon Selby, Author of Surfing The Worry Imp's Wave

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Hello there CBT School Community,

I am so excited to share with you some wonderful tools and skills shared in Sharon Selby's amazing children’s book, Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave.  

Before you click away form this blog post thinking, “This doesn’t apply to me.  This is about kids stuff!”, wait up! 

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After reading Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave, I have loved using these techniques with some of my adult clients and they LOVE them too.   This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast brings some helpful tools and tricks that can be used at any age to manage anxiety, panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and perfectionism.

Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave is a science-based resource that uses the same mindfulness tools and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) tools I use all the time with my clients and members of the CBT School Campus with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Phobias.

During the episode, Sharon and I discuss what inspired her to write this incredible resource for children and BIG children alike ;)  Sharon has had a career working with young children who have anxiety and she shares what tools she has found to be super helpful and give children a chance to reclaim their life from anxiety. 

As I mentioned about, I have found that these tools are helpful for us BIG kids too (adults).   Sharon also tells us about some of the games involved in the books and some helpful tools to manage fear, perfectionism, separation anxiety, and panic.

You guys know how much I LOVE a good story or metaphor, and there are plenty in this book.  Here is one I want you to think about.  In the book, Sharon talks about how our brains need to make mistakes to grow.  If we make a mistake, it is like water on a plant.  Mistakes help our brains grow into smarter and kinder people.  When you make a mistake don't beat yourself up.  Just know that this is a necessary event that will help us grow into the person we need to be.    I just adore this concept of the book and it is something I have implemented for myself and with my child AND adult clients.   When I make as a mistake, I now close my eyes and imagine my brain neurons growing and thriving. This is just one of the wonderful tools that Sharon talks about.

I cannot wait for you to listen to this week’s podcast and read this book.  Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave is a bookshelf must have if you have kids with anxiety. But don’t forget,  THIS big kid loves it too!!!

Forward we go!