We have a small problem with our 7 year old and its getting worse. After 2 years I've decided that we will need help of a professional - I just dont know what kind of professional.
At the begginning it was "normal" stuff. She was scared of the dark, wanted to sleep with the door open and hallway lights on. The problem slowly has progressed over time to a point where:
- She cant be alone in any room by herself (day or night) due to monsters or other ills
- She cant fall asleep without someone in the room and the person in the room *must* be awake
- After she falls asleep, she wakes up in the middle of the night and wont go back to sleep unless someone stands beside her to wait for her to doze off
- She wont close the bathroom door during toilet visits for fear of the unknown
She is truly terrified and no amount of niceness, incentives, logic, explanation have worked and its getting worse and not better. What we thought was a normal kiddie anxiety is progressing to a level of paranoia. Her other 2 siblings (9 and 5 year olds) have no problems and are quite normal, but she is the exception.
I'm looking for any advice as to where to turn for professional help. Psychologist? Psychiatrist? Sleep therapist?
Any advice and/or recommendations would be most welcome.