Georgetown Psychology has a dedicated team of clinicians with diverse interests and expertise. Several of our team members are invested and trained in the  SPACE protocol, focusing on long-term help for families with anxious children.

What is SPACE?

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is a parent-based treatment program developed by Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems.

The program includes psychoeducation about anxiety disorders and about ways in which parents can help alleviate their children’s symptoms and enhance their functioning. The program also involves important practical steps such as identifying ways in which parents can modify their own behavior to help their child, as well as specific tools and techniques on how to implement the treatment at home. The main changes that parents learn to make are to introduce or increase supportive responses to the manifestations of their child’s anxiety, and to reduce accommodations they have been making to their child’s symptoms.

Watch Dr. Lebowitz’s TED Talk

The program is designed for parents of children (6+) and teens – emphasizing parental support as a means to improve the child’s agency.

If you'd like to learn more about our SPACE program please reach out to us at (202) 333-6251

FAQ’s about SPACE with Dr. Diana Dinescu

Our SPACE Blogs

Is SPACE therapy for childhood anxiety right for my family?

Watching your child or adolescent struggle with an anxiety disorder can be very challenging. Parents and caregivers often struggle with finding ways to help their children manage their emotions and symptoms, and frequently end up feeling helpless. [...]

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