Therapeutic Responses to Anxiety in
Adolescents and Young People 11-25 years


Anxiety is a future-focused mood state in which one is ready or prepared to attempt to cope with anticipated upcoming events that are perceived as negative. Experiences of psychological distress as a result of overwhelming anxiety are common in our modern ways of living. Anyone working with young people is bound, at some stage and to some degree, to meet with cases of problematic anxiety. This workshop aims to explore a range of therapeutic responses to such anxiety.

Course Content

This one-day workshop will introduce participants to key concepts that help professionals to understand anxiety and develop the means of supporting adolescents and young people struggling with anxiety.

  • Types of anxiety
  • Recognising anxiety – spotting the cues
  • Neuro-bio-psycho-social considerations
  • Importance of self-regulation and coping skills
  • Creative mediums
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Parents/therapist as partners
  • Therapeutic approaches useful with anxiety
  • Narrative therapy
  • CBT techniques


  • Sunday, 22nd July 2018, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This course will be of interest to professionals and volunteers who work with young clients in counselling or mental health services in general.


  • Certificate of Attendance and Participation
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €90.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


About the Workshop Facilitator

Gayle Kearney
Gayle KearneyIICP Module and CPD Lecturer
Gayle holds a Master’s Degree in Practice Based Play Therapy, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Gayle is a play psychotherapist and the company director of Butterfly Children Ltd.
She is accredited by the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists and the Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy. Gayle is also co-founder and developer of the WOW (Wipe Out Worries) programme. She has worked for the HSE, Barnardos and in private practice as a child and adult psychotherapist.