Dr Mark Lauderdale is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice with over 30 years experience helping children with anxieties and fears. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada). He was a Past President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Alberta), an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Calgary and a consultant to several in-patient mental health and paediatric programs. He has training in many therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy, hypnosis and family therapy.
The Wellspring Method, refined over 20 years in my practice, is actually several effective therapies blended together into one step-by-step process. Basically, it helps children feel strong and confident when facing a challenge, such as sleeping by themselves in a darkened room. In a case review of children with clinical anxiety treated with the Wellspring Method 84% were totally improved and another 10% achieved partial improvement. We are currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Wellspring Method with childhood anxiety in a research study at the University of Victoria.
You might find tips or strategies on websites or magazines, but every time you use advice that fails it reinforces your child's belief that they can’t sleep by themselves. ShrinkinaBox for Bedtime Fears is different because it motivates your child to solve the problem themselves. No other program and very few counsellors ever do this, but I have found that real change always occurs best from the inside out.
Kids love computers, especially when they can interact and make things happen. Not only can your child type in their own responses, but things also happen within their mind as they visualize and tap into their personal power.
Work on the issue when it’s convenient for you and your child (but not at bedtime). It’s best to plan a few weekly sessions to work on the problem and track your child’s progress throughout the week.
Instead of your child spending months with an unfamiliar counsellor who may or may not be able to produce a significant change, create an empowering experience for both your child and yourself in the comfort of home.
Dr Lauderdale is available to assist via telephone or video chat. If you live in British Columbia his time is covered by the Medical Services Plan.*
*A referral from your doctor is required in BC. Otherwise the fee for a telephone or video session with Dr Lauderdale is $50 per 15 minutes.