Our Anxiety/Depression tutors are all qualified teachers with additional experience and qualifications in supporting children with Anxiety and/or Depression. We believe one to one support can make a huge difference to a child’s education. Our tutors can provide support across a range of school entrance, GCSE and A-level subjects. Below, you will find a list of our tutors and further information. Refine your results by using the search box above, or view all Anxiety/Dyslexia tutors below:
Emily is a full-time educator with over six years of experience. She is an English Literature graduate (BA) of the University of Aberystwyth where she especially enjoyed papers in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, female empowerment and Viking Sagas.
11 hours available per week
Josephine is one of our most experienced tutors, having taught and tutored English for the past 20 years, 14 of which were spent in the classroom.
Josephine is now a full-time, professional tutor and draws on her years' of experience - both as a teacher and examiner - to help students excel in public exams (including GCSEs and A Levels) and school entrance exams at 11 Plus and 13 Plus.
4 hours available per week
Cecilia is a recently retired secondary school teacher, having worked with learners across the curriculum including those who are bilingual. She is English subject trained and has worked as a local education advisor from KS1 - KS5 (ages 5-18).
4 hours available per week
Jacqueline studied at Oxford University, graduating with a 2.1.
0 hours available per week
Meredith is a passionate and engaging teacher who has over 11 years of teaching and tutoring experience in London and abroad. After gaining a First in Psychology she went on to complete her PGCE at the prestigious teacher training department of the University of Roehampton.
2 hours available per week
David has 12 years of experience teaching geography as a classroom teacher and Head of Department across KS3, GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level and IB at leading independent schools in North West England. David also holds an MSc in psychology which he has used in his extensive pastoral work with vulnerable children and is currently towards a doctorate in educational and child psychology.
2 hours available per week
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According to the mental health charity MIND, the most common mental health challenges we can experience are anxiety and depression. A child or young person experiencing these struggles may find it difficult to focus on their studies, face social challenges in the classroom and even develop an avoidance of school altogether. This can be compounded by a negative feedback loop of anxiety and depression – where students feel trapped in a cycle of worrying about falling behind in their learning and not keeping up with their peers – leading to ongoing feelings of anxiety and low mood.
Anxiety is a broad term for a range of symptoms including worry, stress or panic. Psychologists consider anxiety to be an emotion closely related to fear. Anxiety symptoms can affect how you think, feel and behave. If you are feeling anxious, you may notice your thoughts are racing, more intrusive and repetitively focused on negative outcomes that cause further stress and worry. You may notice catastrophising thoughts such as: ‘If I fail this exam, I won’t be able to get a good job and my life will be ruined.’
Anxiety symptoms are also very visceral and felt in the body. This can include tension, restlessness or a sense of agitation. It is common to be aware of tightness, movement or cramping in the stomach (guts) area, shallow breathing and it may feel very difficult to relax, be still and even sleep. At times, physical symptoms may build up very quickly and be experienced as panic attacks.
Feeling anxious can also affect how you behave, for example, you may find it difficult to do things slowly, focus on one task at a time, or feel relaxed in social situations. You may engage in behaviours that try to minimise the feelings of anxiety, such as avoiding a task, distracting yourself with TV or social media and even using numbing substances or other self-harming behaviours.
It is important to know that anxiety is a very valuable, ancient response that has developed to keep us safe. You may have heard of the ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response. These are defense mechanisms our body instinctively uses in times of threat or distress. Animals are able to return to a state of relaxation once the threat has disappeared (ever seen a video of an animal shaking in the wild after being chased? That is its way of calming its body down), but, as humans, we seem to find this more difficult without modelling (someone showing us how), or focused intention and effort.
Depression is often experienced as: a ‘low mood’, feeling tearful or sad for a prolonged time without obvious situational explanation, feeling ‘flat’, losing interest in what was once enjoyable, a lack of motivation and energy, feelings of low self-worth, sleep disturbances (not sleeping enough or sleeping more than usual), and changes in appetite (eating more or less than usual).
Anxiety and depression very often go hand in hand.
Going to school, hours of homework, exam pressure, dealing with friendships and relationships, social media and generally navigating the trials and tribulations of growing up can feel challenging enough. When depression or anxiety are added to the mix, things can feel downright impossible.
Anxiety and depression can substantially impede a young person’s ability to function and cope with the demands of school life. What we may see as simple tasks or situations can easily feel overwhelming or incredibly scary to somebody suffering with anxiety or depression.
This can lead to: an inability to focus in the classroom or on homework, difficulties in friendships, challenges speaking up or reading aloud in class, overwhelming stress / worry around meeting deadlines and exams, forgetting/ memory problems/ challenges to being organised, feelings or low self-worth or negative comparisons to others, insomnia leading to tiredness and irritability the next day and ultimately avoidance of school.
When someone we care about is suffering we want to do all we can to help them feel better. Here are some things that can help a child or young person to feel better in themselves:
Listen and empathise
Most importantly, it is essential for a child or young person to be listened to, REALLY listened to!
This means honouring and validating their feelings in an empathic way. Often we attempt to help but unintentionally dismiss feelings in the process. Who hasn’t said things like, “It’s nothing to worry about” or “There’s no need to be so upset about it”? Despite good intentions, these responses dismiss the feelings the child is experiencing and makes them feel unseen or unheard. If emotions are not processed then the child gets ‘stuck’, which leads to anxiety and depression. Feelings literally get ‘stuck’ in the body.
Instead, you might reflect back feelings and reassure them that this feeling is not permanent: “Things feel really difficult right now, but it won’t always be this way.’
Name the feeling and offer support: “I can see you’re really overwhelmed with your studies right now. Is there anything I can do to help?”
Observe anxiety through body language: “You’re rocking on your chair right now; I think you might be anxious about your homework.”
Observe anxiety through physical symptoms: “I’ve noticed you have told me you have had stomach aches before school for a few days now. Is there anything going on at school that’s making you feel worried or that you would like to talk about?”
Observe anxiety / depression through behaviour: “I noticed you haven’t wanted to see your friends as much as you normally do. I wonder if you are feeling ok and if you want to talk?”
Essentially, we must allow children to have the feelings they are having, encourage them to express them, feel supported in knowing those feelings are impermanent and that we are there for them.
Regulation or to ‘regulate ourselves’ means the ability to calm ourselves down or self-soothe. Children learn this essential skill from the adults around them. Often us adults do not know how to do this ourselves so children struggle to learn these ways to calm down.
Some brilliant ways to practice doing this (and even better to model this to your child once you are calm!) are:
Model deep belly breathing, star breathing, box breathing, lazy 8 breathing:
Deep pressure: Offer a hug (at least 20 seconds for maximum calming effect!) or model a self-hug with hands wrapped around opposite shoulders
A weighted blanket can help calm an anxious body
Practice yoga and mindfulness
https://calmforkids.com/free-stuff/ has some fantastic yoga and meditation resources
Find your favourite smell and breathe it in (lavender is a favourite calming smell of mine and I apologise to all the beautiful lavender shrubs for stealing from them!)
Listen to some music. Whether it’s music that reflects the mood you’re in, music to calm you down (classical piano or flute is wonderful for this!) or music to get you moving, music is a powerful way to get out of your head and into your body, which can quickly ease anxious feelings and change your mood.
Swinging or rocking (on a swing at the playground or a rocking horse / rocking chair)
Seek professional help
There is an abundance of great therapists ready to help your child if they are struggling. If your child is young and cannot articulate their feelings yet, approaches such as play therapy (with toys, puppets, storytelling, sand etc.) can be hugely helpful. Alternatively talking therapies (counselling) can help older students.
Ultimately, anxiety and depression are very common challenges to face. With the right adult support, children can learn to cope with these feelings and find their way to a sense of ease, worth and well-being.
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After a couple of months our daughter took her UK entrance exam with confidence, and passed.
We highly recommend Owl Tutors and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kelly. We hope to use her ourselves again in the future.