If your child suffers from anxiety, you may encounter the following symptoms:
- Has a meltdown (aggression, tantrums, cries) when he/she is asked to do something they do not want to do
- Excessively avoids talking to unfamiliar adults in school
- Worries a lot about everything on an almost daily basis
- Needs to have things done in a certain way, demands routine excessively
- Difficulty separating from parent at school or sleepovers
- Excessively complains about headaches and/or tummy aches on school days
The Kahala Clinic's proven methods can help you and your family understand and treat the symptoms that you child faces through anxiety.
"Our son had developed a severe debilitating stomach ache 2 weeks into his new school year. After numerous doctor appointments plus subsequent negative gastroenterological tests, he was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. What was causing it was still a mystery and it was suggested he seek psychiatric help. Dr. Jason Keifer was recommended by a close family friend and another highly regarded psychiatrist. After explaining our situation to Dr. Keifer, through his knowledge and experience, he requested we immediately see him knowing there was little time to waste since our son had already missed 3 months of school. He quickly built up a trusting relationship with our son and us. He confidently told us he will be able to help. With his expert guidance and game plan our son was back in school within a month and learning to manage life with IBS. Our sessions were very therapeutic for our son, but also reassuring for us as parents. Our son has adjusted and is now doing very well in school many thanks to Dr. Keifer. Anyone who has doubts about seeking psychiatric help for any reason should make an appointment with Dr. Keifer. We highly recommend Dr. Keifer to our friends and family. His caring and thorough manner will help resolve any issues you may have."
"I met Dr. Keifer in 2011 when I was desperately searching to find help for my son. Dr. Keifer is compassionate to what the patient is going through. He is equally compassionate to the hearts of the families that are faced with a loved one in pain or struggling; and is masterful at bringing harmony to the ohana as a whole. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Keifer to anyone. "
"Have you seen a grown man cry? Wisdom, Structure, Hope. Dr. Keifer helped two parents drowning in despair regain control of our family. No fluff or ambiguity. By implementing simple but strategic practices, we witnessed our combative son discover a confidence and capacity we were afraid might never blossom. We wanted something tangible. A plan. Something powerful. A few months later, our lives, and more importantly, our child’s future, is now on firmer ground. If I could show you a before and after picture, you’d agree … the results were nothing short of a miracle."
"Dr. Keifer is a kind, patient, compassionate doctor who takes time to actually listen to you. This is rare (from my experience) among health care persons today. His office staff is super helpful; getting an appointment was never an issue. Once there, I never had to wait more than 2 min to see him. I think Dr. Keifer is awesome and would recommend him to anyone who wants to make changes in their lives but need help."
"Dr. Keifer is a practical, no non-sense doctor. He doesn't push medication as a first resort. He is solution-focused. He is currently working with our six-year old son which involves working heavily with us as his parents. He is genuine and caring. We have met and worked with a few psychiatrists and also behavioral specialists and psychologists, but none has helped us more than Dr. Keifer. He is not your typical psychiatrist, we think he's much better."
We had never considered seeking help from a psychiatrist before, but we faced a challenge with our child that lead us to The Kahala Clinic for Children and Family. Dr. Bell was highly recommended and now we can add to that. She is upbeat, intuitive, approachable and truly wants to provide excellent care - you will see progress with her help. She is nothing short of extraordinary! We have seen tremendous growth in our child. Now she is happy, maintains good relationships and is finding much success in school (this was not the case before). A very special component offered at The Kahala Clinic (for Children and Family) is that parents can receive assistance from Dr. Bell and Dr. Keifer jointly. Together they provide a wonderful balance. We have gained much insight as parents as well as a couple. Our aha moments come often when we are in their presence! They have a great understanding of the intricacies of family dynamics and provide concrete suggestions. We are very grateful to Dr. Bell and Dr. Keifer. There is no doubt, as a family we are better because of them.
Coming to this clinic is one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made. There are times when it is overwhelmingly difficult to seek help for issues that individuals will often spend their lives trying to hide. However, once the decision was made to seek out help there is no better place to go than here. Dr Bell is kindest person you will ever meet. If there are any spaces where you should feel most comfortable, it is here. Dr. Bell has helped me so much. She has helped me to grow, to aspire, and believe in myself. The reality is when i first met her, i felt as if I didn’t deserve treatment and if I was skewed in some way I should have to live with this difficulty. With Dr. Bell’s guidance, kindness ,and compassion that she’s shared with me, I am starting to feel like a whole person again.