The TRAINOR Method

The TRAINOR Method is our 7-Step program that helps parents and children work together to overcome anxiety. Developed through Dr. Trainor’s 30-plus years of working with children and teens struggling with anxiety symptoms, the method is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been well researched and is recognized as the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders.

Overall, we have found that this approach is highly successful in teaching parents about anxiety and helping their children in a systematic manner. The treatment is individually tailored based on the specific needs of the child and family. In this light, it is important to note that treating anxiety and other mental illness requires a comprehensive plan that will vary according to the unique circumstances of each individual. While our seven steps provide a solid framework, key to this process is how the steps are applied and how each case is managed. To illustrate how this works in different situations, Dr. Trainor wrote her book about anxiety disorders.

7-Step TRAINOR Method:

  • Targeting anxious thoughts and behaviors.
  • Rating anxiety symptoms.
  • Agreeing upon challenges to work on.
  • Identifying and teaching strategies to practice.
  • Noting practice sessions and recording progress.
  • Offering incentives to motivate.
  • Reinforcing progress and increasing challenges.

We introduce each of these steps incrementally. And each step of the way, Dr. Trainor and her staff support the children, adolescents, and parents on a path that leads to the ultimate goal: reducing anxious behaviors and helping anxious children become healthy children, free of irrational fears.

Dr. Trainor learned early on that parenting anxious children is often counterintuitive. Parents want to protect their children from distress, but anxious children should learn to push themselves to overcome their worries. Knowledgeable and patient parents are most often the key to making progress, and while medication may sometimes be indicated, this is not necessarily the preferred treatment and should be accompanied by therapy.