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Turnaround“1 in 8 children are diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder.

Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are common in younger children, ages 6-9, while Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Panic Disorder are more prevalent between 8 and 12 years; all of these disorders may continue through adolescence.”  (1)

Turnaround is a complete step-by-step audio program which provides you and your child life-changing help for anxiety including panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, phobias and other childhood worries.

Turnaround is unique because it communicates directly to children without sacrificing psychological substance. The result is an ingenious blend of proven clinical treatment with an adventurous tale bristling with curious characters, inspirational stories and the know-how needed to overcome anxiety. Your child is being treated for anxiety as they listen to a fun story! More importantly, it works!

Do It Yourself Programming

Turnaround is a do-it-yourself program that your child can complete with minimal help. Parents are encouraged to listen along, but the program is crafted directly for a child. This program is also a natural compliment to existing counseling or medical treatment.

Ten audio CDs parallel each day of the adventure and form the foundation of the program. A 74 page companion journal full of creative games, tasks and questions will help your child soak in and personalize what they hear.

A Fun Adventure Story

Turnaround invites your child to join 6 other anxious children on an imaginary 10-day hiking trip with two Docs and a mentor teen named Emily. These children struggle with anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), separation and social anxiety. The children learn from Dr. David, Dr. Chris and Emily. They also meet imaginary characters and hear stories from many other children who learned to conquer their fears.

Every element of the program is artistically and scientifically designed to appeal to and positively influence your child. A new and imaginative child-friendly vocabulary will give you and your child a shared language.

Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for anxiety no matter what age. The program is solidly based on CBT and clinical experience. There are great explanations of CBT available in many books. However, what has never been done is presenting this treatment to children directly, by other children, and from the point of view of a child. You can have the finest treatment in the world but it won t help if a child does not understand or connect to it. Turnaround solves this long-standing problem.

The authors, Psychologist Dr. David Russ and Licensed Professional Counselor Christopher McCarthy, have over 30 years of combined experience treating anxiety. They brought to Turnaround professional actors and director, a top-tier audio producer, nationally known designer and illustrator, skilled editor and a published musician. In other words, Turnaround is on par with the entertainment your kids are used to hearing. Set aside your assumptions, you have never heard anything like this program. It is a complete paradigm shift in treating childhood anxiety.

What’s Included?

Turnaround is recommended for children ages 6 to 12. The Turnaround Audio Program includes:

  • 10 CD Audio Program,
  • 74 page Companion Journal,
  • Chill Kit CD (relaxation and breathing guide),
  • 2 CD Parent Information and Guide and
  • Bonus CD with a comprehensive interview about medication and health related issues with James Lee, MD (Neuropsychiatrist).


“After thoroughly reviewing the program on the website, I purchased Turnaround to use in my practice as a licensed clinical social worker. What impressed me was the fact that it was based upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), that it was developed by professional therapists with clinical experience, and that it was very kid-friendly. After 2 weeks a 12 year-old boy who suffered from OCD and panic attacks was able to stop using sleep-aid medication, fall asleep quickly and sleep through the night- something he hadn’t been able to do in over a year! He loves doing the program and now feels he can overcome his anxious thoughts. I’m so thankful to have found a program that offers solid education and hope to anxious children! I’m thrilled at how you have embedded theories and strategies of CBT into such a refreshing, ingenious inter-active program. Honest to God, I’d like to nominate you both for some kind of Humanitarian Award! I enthusiastically endorse Turnaround to all parents and therapists seeking professional help for children who struggle with anxiety!” – Kaye Kellogg, MSW, LCSW

“I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at the University of Utah and am interested in Internet based delivery of mental health treatment and that led me to your program. I have become an active advocate for it. I recommend it to all of my anxious patients and have had great results with it. I even bought a copy for my niece. One anxious boy wouldn’t even get out of the car to come in an talk to me on our first visit, and walked in effortlessly after two weeks on the program. He proudly reported that he had named his fear hispom; which stands for he scared the poop out of me! I wish I could have recorded the almost-giddy look on mom’s face. I have also been giving talks to pediatric and primary care physicians about using technology in pediatric mental health where I talk extensively about your program and make them listen to demonstrations from your website.”  – Matthew Swenson, MD

About the Authors

Dr. David A. Russ is President and a Licensed Practicing Psychologist of Carolinas Counseling Group in Charlotte, NC. He and his partners have built a busy practice with 14 clinicians. His doctoral dissertation was original research about a novel treatment for anxiety. He is co-author of the book, More Than Me, published by NavPress. Dr. Russ has been an adjunct or visiting professor for four different graduate counseling programs. He has been continuously providing care for over 25 years and has been happily married since 1983.
Christopher McCarthy, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating child anxiety disorders, teen behavioral issues, parent-child relationship issues, and couple conflict. He has 3 Masters Degrees in addition to his PhD. He gives lectures on parenting and improving couple relationships. He has been in private practice since 1998 and is married with three children.


Williams, Kimberly S., Psy.D. “Invisible Anxiety: Hiding in the Classroom.Special-Ism. N.p., 10 Mar. 2013. Web. 22 May 2015.
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