Frustration, disappointment, and anxiety can all manifest as anger and irritability in children and teens. You may be familiar with the response, “I’m mad at you!” or “I’m angry and I don’t want to talk about it.” For kids and teens (and even adults) learning how to identify emotions behind anger can be difficult. Through a CBT approach Light On Anxiety staff help kids learn how to be their own emotion detective and find their triggers to anger, learn ways to respectfully express their feelings, and advocate for their needs. I love working with my clients on “I Statements” where we fill in the blanks of this format: I feel __ when ___ because___. What I need is ___. We also include the parents in creating a behavioral chart and reward system focusing on behaviors that children or teens do right instead of wrong creating positive reinforcement. Through CBT and parent training clients and their families find new ways to communicate and work through tough emotions.