We have been seeing this wonderful new therapist for about 2 months now. She is fully versed in most childhood disorders. She is the one who was a consultant on Sesame Street and worked abroad and on Public Radio. etc. She knows K has had some wonderful suggestions, for home and School. But the most awesome thing is she has been the first to really see N! She is so pro-active on helping her. She is going full boar on helping her deal with her anxiety. First and foremost she wants to address her bathroom fears. Especially since School is starting next week. She has started us on a 12 step exposure ladder. OMG!!! She warned us that this would be hard. She has offered to come with us. We are waiting to have her come until we go to the bathrooms in the mall. We are going to the School first and then working up to public bathrooms. I talked to our Principal, I love this woman. She is offered any help she can! SO the janitor is opening up the bathrooms for us. We went this morning before it became too hot. I pushed her to Step 3. She started to shut down which is what therapist thought she would do. SO we stopped. But she made it through it. We will go back in the morning and start at Step 3 and go from there... The poor kid. But this has been years of this fear. I am reading "Helping your Anxious Child" it is so insightful. I am so happy to have found this therapist. But I have to say I was on the verge of tears in the bathroom. I can let anyone know the steps if they want. Yes this is Cognitive Therapy. I hate doing this but I am also hopeful for N to get over this fear, it has been horrible for her. Holding it for all day. Not going when we are out. Not healthy.