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Roberto was 12 years old when his parents brought him to WYS with concerns about his escalating level of anxiety. He was easily distracted, had trouble focusing in school and at home, and when talking he was easily excited and nervous.
The WYS clinician working with Roberto, began a treatment plan that included family and individual therapy with the focus on reducing his anxiety, and fostering relationships with his family and others. It was art therapy that had the biggest impact.

High levels of anxiety need to be brought down before therapy can start to work. When the hands and mind are busy creating art, anxious feelings begin to subside. This is exactly what happened with Roberto. As he started to relax and enjoy himself, he started to open up and express his feelings to the WYS clinician.

We are happy to share that after treatment Roberto is no longer feeling so stressed, his parents report that he is happier and is having fun with his friends, doing better in school, and he is finding it easier to communicate with his friends and family.

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