Dallas Psychologists Team Up Against Childhood Anxiety with New Amazon Bestselling Children’s Book
Dr. Jaime Crowley and Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst, licensed psychologists and debut children’s book authors, hit #1 on Amazon among all new children’s dog books in less than 24 hours with title Moose the Worry Mutt Goes to Doggie Daycare (Brown Books Publishing Group, September 15, 2016). The title, which tackles the subject of anxiety in children and adolescents, also debuted within Amazon’s top 50 children’s books covering the subjects of New Experiences and Emotions and Feelings. Wow!
What makes this book so special?
Moose, a lovable chocolate lab with an enthusiasm for tennis balls, bones, and all things squirrel, but he is a chronic worrier. On his first day at doggie daycare, Moose feels butterflies in his belly when he thinks about the endless worries that Fret the Flea whispers into his floppy brown ear. What if Moose can’t run as fast as the other dogs? What if his parents forget to pick him up? A hero emerges in the form of Mighty Moose, the brave rival to meddlesome Fret. With Mighty Moose’s help, Moose returns to doggie daycare and learns to face his fears and run with the big dogs.
Moose the Worry Mutt Goes to Doggie Daycare is a lighthearted picture book with both popular appeal and therapeutic benefits. Moose’s experiences are models of healthy strategies for managing anxiety, while the book’s bright illustrations and lovable characters make this a tale that kids are sure to enjoy time and time again.
Managing anxiety really is an important tool for starting a conversation with little ones and learning healthy coping strategies.
Roughly one-third of all children and adolescents experience clinically significant levels of anxiety at some point during their youth. Even if a child does not have a diagnosable anxiety disorder, everyone has worries! As clinical psychologists specializing in treating anxiety, Drs. Jaime Crowley and Kristen Ohlenforst work frequently with parents and adult patients who express the wish that earlier in life, someone would have talked openly with them about identifying and managing anxiety. Crowley and Ohlenforst believe that skills related to identifying and managing one’s worries are arguably as important as are the academic and practical skills we aim to teach during the developmental years. Their book is meant to be a playful and accessible tool for starting conversations with children about anxiety and teaching them healthy coping strategies. Crowley and Ohlenforst hope that by starting these conversations at a young age, we can help de-stigmatize anxiety and promote healthy management of stress/worry across the lifespan.
About the Authors:
Dr. Jaime Crowley is a licensed psychologist living in Dallas, Texas, with her anxious but affable dog, Moose. She adopted Moose shortly after graduating Northwestern University with her bachelor of arts in English and psychology. After earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from UT Southwestern Medical Center, she joined Therapy Dallas, where she works alongside Dr. Ohlenforst. Dr. Crowley specializes in treating children and adolescents with Moose-like worries while also providing parent consultation.
Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst is a licensed psychologist living in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in studio art and design, she switched career paths to become a psychologist. Dr. Ohlenforst earned her doctorate at UT Southwestern Medical Center and subsequently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine, where she specialized in treating childhood anxiety disorders. She has run private practices both in San Francisco and now in Dallas (www.TherapyDallas.com), and enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, Gunner, who is entirely obsessed with squirrels.
List Price: $ 16.99