Ep. 131: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Kids and Teens with Dr. Shadab Jannati

May 2, 2023 | 0 comments

Let’s continue our conversation about treatment today with a discussion on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and issues with mood. CBT has shown to be an effective treatment for individuals with anxiety and depression, and research shows substantial support for CBT as an effective first line treatment for children. More research shows that up to 60% of children and teens treated with CBT experience significant decreases in symptoms that are lasting for 4 years or more.

But what is Cognitive Behavior Therapy? Today’s guest, Dr. Shadab Jannati, has seen firsthand the impact CBT has on children and teens with anxiety and depression. In this episode, she explains what CBT is, what a session might look like, and what this form of psychotherapy does to help children, teens, and their families.


Show Notes:

[3:05] – CBT is a form of psychotherapy established in the 1960s that has evolved over the years.

[3:57] – This form of therapy is goal-oriented and focused on the here and now.

[5:27] – Children and teens without a formal diagnosis still benefit from CBT.

[6:44] – Dr. Jannati gives examples of scenarios where children and adolescents experience anxiety.

[8:18] – CBT also gives kids and teens the ability to listen to body cues and their feelings.

[9:49] – When these feelings come up, kids and teens can then recognize that they are anxious and change their thinking.

[11:24] – Anxiety can show up in many ways, but common problems are negative thinking and “mind-reading,” which are irrational.

[12:59] – The first step is being aware of the feelings and negative thinking. The next step is to find the right coping strategies.

[14:15] – Like waves, feelings come and go.

[15:42] – For younger children, play-based strategies are also used in CBT.

[17:13] – CBT is appropriate for most ages; Dr. Jannati works with children ages 4 to 16.

[20:04] – There is a sense of relief and hopefulness with CBT. Anxious feelings are validated, and children and teens can learn what to do.

[22:05] – It is ideal when parents can be involved in the sessions as well.

[23:53] – 80% of kids with problematic anxiety don’t receive treatment. 

[24:43] – CBT doesn’t last for years. The number of sessions varies per person but 12-24 sessions is average at about 6 months to a year.


About Our Guest:

Dr. Shadab Jannati is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in West Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Irvine in 2001 and completed her doctoral studies at Alliant International University in 2006. She has over 20 years of experience working with children with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Dr. Jannati provides an empathic, strength-based approach and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral strategies, play therapy, and mindfulness practice to assist children in managing and coping with their emotional struggles.  Additionally, she provides parent consultation, as parents are an integral part of the child’s treatment and progress. As a mother of two, Dr. Jannati understands the daily struggles that affect children and parents and is passionate about helping families find strategies to improve their daily lives. 


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