March 10, 2023

Fresh Take: Dr. Dana Dorfman on When Worry Works

As parents we try to support our children’s current well-being while also setting them up for future success.  But when worry begins to drive our parenting decisions, it’s time for a reset. Dr. Dana Dorfman, author of WHEN WORRY WORKS, explains how.

How do we know when our anxiety as parents is warranted and when we're catastrophizing? Dr. Dana Dorfman, author of the new book When Worry Works: How to Harness Your Parenting Stress and Guide Your Teen to Success.  gives us a framework for channeling our anxiety into something productive rather than something that hampers us.

Dr. Dana Dorfman is a New York City-based psychotherapist with 30 years' experience treating adolescents and parents in her private practice, schools, and agency settings. In this interview she explains

  • Why anxiety is actually advantageous
  • How to contain our teen's anxiety without absorbing it
  • Cognitive distortions

Knowing your values is key to managing anxiety - what are the three or four core principles that guide everything you do? In a non-anxious moment, reflect on those values, and then use them as your guiding star for parenting decisions - rather than fears you may have about your children's future or current wellbeing.

Here's where you can find Dr. Dorfman:

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