Summit 2019

SESSION 2: Rachel Busman PsyD | The Anxiety Toolkit for Parents of Bright & Quirky Kids

Talk Description, Speaker Bio, and Resources

Anxiety and being a 2e kid can sometimes go hand-in-hand. Rachel Busman gets to the heart of what our 2e kids need from us to help them manage worry and anxious thoughts by meeting them where they are and stretching the comfort zone. In this talk you will learn:

    • What to do with your child’s anxiety triggers - avoid or lean in?
    • The difference between accommodating, rescuing, and enabling your child’s anxious thoughts and behaviors
    • How “exposure” to anxious situations, when properly planned for and practiced, can help reduce your child’s anxiety level
    • How to set a “time and place” for anxious worries
    • At what point anxiety or worry is a problem and when professional help is needed

Rachel BusmanRachel Busman, PsyD, is the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute. She leads a team of clinicians providing evaluation and innovative treatment to children with selective mutism. She has extensive experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, teenagers and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders, school difficulties and behavioral problems. She also has specific interest and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias.


Website & Social Media:


  • Child Mind Institute
    101 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022