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“Far too many young people and their families are suffering as a result of anxiety disorders. I opened the TRAINOR Center and wrote a book as part of my life-long commitment to help people apply proven strategies and overcome mental health issues.” Dr. Kathleen Trainor

Dr. Trainor’s Book!

TRAINOR Center founder, Dr. Kathleen Trainor, is excited to announce her book, Calming Your Anxious Child: Words to Say and Things to Do , is published by Johns Hopkins University Press and is available now. What makes this book so long-awaited by parents and practitioners is the introduction of Dr. Trainor’s 7-Step TRAINOR Method.

Order your copy of Calming You Anxious Child on Amazon today! Also available at Barnes and Nobel and other bookstores.


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Dr. Kathleen Trainor

Dr. Kathleen Trainor is a prominent clinical psychologist, instructor, and author. Recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in her field, she focuses on treating anxiety in young people and helping families work together to overcome mental health challenges.

What We Treat

We specialize in treatments for the growing incidences of anxiety disorders. One in four Americans has a psychiatric diagnosis, most often an anxiety disorder.

Dr. Trainor’s Blog

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All On-Call in the Family: Use of Electronics Hooks Teens, Parents, Even Babies! The Result: More Anxiety for Everyone

Much has been reported about the pervasive use of electronics by teenagers and the need for parents to have a screening policy against the overuse of screens.  Well, it turns out that parents are often part of the problem, not the solution, as many moms and dads have become overly attached to their smartphones, iPads, laptops, and social media.  In fact, today’s preoccupation with screens extends throughout the family, with Generation X and Y parents, boomer grandparents, and even babies involved:  Fisher Price is marketing a baby bouncy seat...

“Screening” Takes on New Meaning

Responsible parental screening of their kids’ behavior has always been a good idea.  But in today’s age of increasingly advanced technology, parents face unique challenges.  While there certainly are advantages to instant access of virtually any kind of information, there are also formidable risks associated with our digital age that can be quite damaging to kids if parents don’t exercise appropriate levels of control.  Put another way, if parents don’t do their job. Remember the “good old days?”  We grew up chatting on the “house phone,” which is now...

The Under-Scheduled Child

As parents, we all have heard of the “over-scheduled child” who goes from one structured activity to the next, with no time to relax.  While this can be problematic, as a child psychologist who specializes in working with anxious kids, I am more concerned about what I call the “under-scheduled child.” This is the child who doesn’t like sports, hates music lessons, would never join a club, and won’t do anything after school. The child who through the years “tried” all these things, quit, and then refused to go...

Fall is Here! New Starts, New Expectations, New Rules

With fall and back to school, everything changes. New schedules, new routines. This is a great time to look at what you expect of your child and how to work together to make family life run smoothly. Now is a great time to make changes in rules and limits. Mornings are now busy, and we have to get up and out! Some kids are great at this; others need more help.  No television in the morning is very important if you have kids who do not get ready easily...

Anxiety and Summer

Long Days of Summer Summer is here and if your child is on the anxious side you may find that they easily turn into “homebodies.” They just want to stay home. “I don’t want to do that! I hate going there. Why do I have to?” Gone are the days for most kids where there is a large group of neighborhood kids up bright and early and running outside to play. Some suburban neighborhoods look like ghost towns in the summer because parents are working and kids are in camps. If your child...

The Birds and the Bees for Kids on the Spectrum

Recently, a 13-year old patient of mine did not understand why her mother would not give her nail clippers in the middle of a church mass. Her mother looked at me and said, “It was a teachable moment.”  This mom clearly gets it. Her daughter is on the autism spectrum and did not know mass is not a time to cut your nails.  She now knows. No clipping nails in church. It is a rule, she gets it. Kids on the autism spectrum usually get the “puberty talk” at school and parents have the “sex talk”...

The Good Enough Parent

When I first read Donald Winnicott’s phrase ” the good enough mother” years ago, my first reaction was, “I don’t want to be just good enough!  I want to be a great mother!” Through years of experience as a mother and child therapist, I now appreciate how important the concept of “good enough” parenting is. With so many books, courses, television shows and yes, even blogs, about how best to parent your children, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Listening to other parents can be very supportive unless the conversation turns to what is “best” for...

The Stigma That Needs to Go

One in four Americans have a psychiatric diagnosis, most often an anxiety disorder. In most cases their symptoms started in childhood or adolescence. Yet psychiatric illnesses continue to be a shameful secret for far too many people. The stigma against mental illness in our highly advanced society is alive and well. Most parents who struggle with a child suffering from any form of psychiatric illness continue to feel blamed. They often feel they want to keep it private to protect their child. No other illness, in this day and...