GoZen! is nothing short of great. In simple language, the animated characters explain what anxiety is, how the brain works in response to anxiety, and ways to change your thinking so that you are in charge of your thoughts and feelings. From kids with normal worries and fears to those who suffer from anxiety, this program works.
Dr. James J. Crist, PhD
I’m doing the GoZen! videos in the evening with my 7- and 12-year-olds and they are loving it. I’m amazed how much the 7-year-old is understanding–he is even talking about it at school!
I am so grateful for my GoZen! Programs because I used to have only talk based programs in my toolbox which made it very difficult for me to reach my kids. The animations make it practical, relatable and easy to assimilate concepts. Love the in depth technical information on the biological factors of how body and mind work in stressful situations. Visuals make it easy for kids to understand the difficult concepts. GoZen! Is my primary therapy tool in my toolbox now!
B got on the bus to school today. He hasn’t been on the bus in 3 weeks! I’m not saying he is free from anxiety, but this is huge progress and it’s because of the GoZen! videos.
Your GoZen! program has been my lifesaver. I have recommended it to my daughter’s psychologist and many of our friends who struggle with anxiety. I know she really ‘gets’ the whole anxiety thing but only because of GoZen! You have truly helped our family and especially our gorgeous girl. Of course it’s an ongoing training session for us all as new hurdles pop up from time to time. By the way, my daughter asked me if she could have Widdle the Worrier for her birthday!
I am a mom who has been using GoZen! with my highly anxious sixth grader for the last few weeks with great success. He is starting to name and recognize the things that are happening in his emotional life, and that’s a great first step. I am a meditator of 10+ years, so I like the mindfulness approach to dealing with anxiety, too.
I am always looking for ways to grab students’ attention and find meaningful ways to explain key therapeutic concepts. The GoZen! videos have helped engage even some of my more challenging students. The humor and relatability of the characters help children feel more at ease and ready to discuss their experiences. I have used this program with both elementary and middle school. It provides a comprehensive understanding of anxiety and strategies to manage this uncomfortable emotion. It provides a complete curriculum, but I have also used segments to augment my own lessons. It has been a great addition to my groups and a powerful tool in my arsenal.
Kerine Casteel, LCSW
My 10 year old son has just completed the GoZen! Online Program–he loved it. We (his parents) loved it. It’s been a fantastic tool for us to support my son in his worry and anxiety.
I wanted to let you know how using the GoZen! Programs made such an enormous impact on my son. We thought he was struggling with anxiety and ADHD issues. I ordered your programs and we began watching them together. We accidentally started watching your program that deals with OCD. I was going to shut the OCD videos off because it didn't relate to him and I didn't want him to get thoughts he had OCD. However, we did watch a couple of the animations and he suddenly curled into me tightly and said "no mommy please keep playing these." He said the animations spoke to what he was quietly fighting inside. I will never forget this "lightbulb" moment and we might have never figured it out if we had not watched those GoZen! videos together. Thank you for such amazing work and helping kids everywhere understand what is going on internally. It helps them know they aren't alone and there are ways to help.
Thank you for your innovative video shorts. We bought the GoZen! series and it’s helped my 6 year old daughter with her anxiety a great deal. It mostly helped her identify that the worry (manifesting itself as a physical pain) was probably Widdle.
My son is 9 and has lived with immobilizing panic attacks since experiencing a horrific concussion at 4. He has lost full days being stressed about absolutely everything, throwing up, and all of the other terrible symptoms. It has been the hardest thing to watch and not have all the answers to make it go away when his anxieties try to take over him.
While researching a couple of months ago – neuroscience, MBSR, CBT, home remedies, etc. I came across GoZen! and my son just told me this morning, “Momma, the only thing that helps besides you is GoZen!, especially Widdle.”
I will never be able to thank you enough. Ever.
It actually makes me tear just thinking about how beautiful you are to help children like mine.
Thank you so much! We LOVED the GoHackify program! My son and I did the kid program and I did the parent component as well. He has come so far! Thanks to GoHackify, we were both able to really understand what was happening in his head. I learned so much and could actually support him in helpful ways. It makes me cry to think about how hard OCD was for us in the beginning. Now, he can identify his triggers and differentiate between OCD thoughts (spammy) and real concerns. I cannot thank you enough for what you've given my family.
Animation speaks to kids! Therapists overtalk and kids tune out because cannot relate. Kids like to learn by watching since they grew up looking at screens. GoZen! Is talking their talk. Also, I really like that it is empirically tested product with all the needed research behind it - it is viable, reliable, and proven to work.
Child Behavior Specialist
Grand Island Public Schools
GoZen! has transformed research-based concepts into fun and multisensory learning modules and workbooks that are ideal for teachers and students. Thank you for sharing your words with my audience. The products you have already created are both brilliant and magical. I can’t wait to see what you create next.
Dr. Erica Warren
I absolutely LOVE the GoZen! program. As a specialist in CBT for anxiety and related disorders, I have not come across a program until seeing yours that has been even remotely as well executed, clinically sound, and engaging as GoZen! I am so pleased to have added it to my library of clinical tools and eagerly await anything else you may release.
Dr. Allison Solomon, Psy.D., PLLC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
GoZen! Teaches the skills in a much more engaging way than I can present on my own. My clients love it and they actually look forward to coming to their sessions to see more of their favorite, relatable GoZen! Characters. Parents are happy that their kids enjoy going to therapy. The humor is fun and engaging and allows for many of the difficult concepts of stress and anxiety to become more clear.
Dr. Barbara Burt
I just wanted to reach out and say that your programs and methods resonate more with me and my professional practices than any other program. I have worked as a school social worker for the last three years and GoStrengths! is the best, most engaging, and most comprehensive SEL program I have found after months of research! Finding a program that covered all areas of social emotional learning as laid out by the collaborative for academic and social and emotional learning proved very difficult. GoStrengths! does it in a kid friendly and research based way!
School Social Worker
I bought your program recently and love it! My daughter is much less anxious and gets less overwhelmed. We had so many years of hardship in that area — this program is such a blessing! I am willing to bet that you are receiving many happy stories, but I wanted you to know ours. Thank you for everything.
First I want to say I find your program amazing! We just finished the GoZen! series and my son sleeps nightly with his Widdle doll.
My child has been through everything – and GoZen! has made THE impact for her. We experienced a natural disaster last year in our city and she developed anxiety within days of the disaster. A year later a new psychologist (the 5th) introduced us to this series and it has made the WHOLE difference. Thank you so very much for bringing this in the format kids connect with compared to blowing bubbles and breathing exercises and doing worksheets!
I just had to share a quick story with you. My daughter Ella, who is now 10, has struggled with anxiety since the age of 6. In the past couple years, we've had a very tough time especially with panic attacks. Since beginning GoZen!, Ella has started talking about tools and is even using laddering which has been amazing to see. But I was still worried if she’d be able to use those tools during a panic attack.
When I purchased the program, we received the Widdle the Worrier doll as well. I wasn't sure we’d ever use it, but it seemed like a cute addition. The other night, a panic attack was triggered and first the first time ever, her tools were put to the test. She just happened to grab Widdle for comfort and, to our surprise, we found that he talked!
Using Widdle's suggestions, Ella was able to stay calm until her panic subsided and she was able to do it by herself! A big win for us! 🙂
I am so excited by this program! My 9 year old came to me in tears asking for help. We went to 1 counselling appointment and they wanted to medicate my beautiful girl with outpatient therapy after a 20 min consult stating shes suffering from anxiety. My mom-tuition went off and knew there had to be something for her to better understand. So in my search for child cognitive therapy without drugs, I found you! I showed my daughter the free video, and in 4 minutes of info my daughter fell fast asleep that night for the first time in months, just knowing her Widdle had been going wild! She woke up wanting more so I bought in! I think these are the tools my straight A student needs to get through this time and life. We watched the first module and cant get enough!
Thank you so much!
Wow, GoZen! This is a bite-size, kid-friendly, clinically accurate worry-fighting program where skills are clearly explained and amply reinforced. If you buy one product this year to help your anxious child, make it GoZen! Really. It’s that good.
Dr. Dawn Huebner, PhD.
I have been a loyal subscriber for three years and have used for both kids and their parents in my practice. Love the social to emotional components of the program especially the ETR Model that I use almost on a daily basis. I am constantly recommending to parents and other therapists. It is the perfect “troubleshooting” video for my practice.
Cindy Gogan, LCMHC
I recently purchased GoZen! anxiety relief program and really like it. I highly recommend it to my patients and schools I work with. […] it is very, very well done.
Dr. Evan Kroll, Ph.D.
I love the GoZen! program… I’ve been using it both as a parent and a professional in my private practice! It’s the best program I’ve ever purchased for my practice!
Dr. Limor Tintweiss, Ph.D.
I just wanted to let you know how much I DEEPLY appreciate your work. You have made the BIGGEST contribution to my understanding of anxiety - something that I've always struggled with - and the impact has rippled through to my 2 little girls. My oldest is now 8 and is literally today participating in a regional public speaking competition - something I never would have even dreamed she would do given the anxiety she felt before doing the various GoZen programs. So thank you SOOOOOO much. You're changing people's lives for the better and I thought you ought to know!
High fives and good karma. 😉
Our daughter has always been prone to separation anxiety, but it came to a head when she was 10 and had to go to a 5-day camp. We tried several different approaches, but it was GoZen! that really ‘clicked’ for her. She breezed through the camp, and has handled further challenges like starting high school with much greater confidence.
As a parent of children who struggle with anxiety and a mental health clinician working with many clients who also struggle with anxiety, I have found GoZen! to be informed by empirical research, accessible to both children and adults, engaging and interesting and most importantly, effective. This is the first program that has provided tools my children readily understand and use on their own. The creators of GoZen! brilliantly combine likable, amusing characters whose struggles validate the experiences of many children, with the latest in brain science research on effective anxiety treatment.
Elizabeth Wade, MS, LMHC
I cannot rave enough about how much I have enjoyed using your GoZen! Products and use it with my kids all year long. All my students understand it, even my Kindergarten kids, and they enjoy watching the lively animations. I actually bought the gadgets (fishing net, whistle, etc.) and made my own tool box to coincide with your videos. I am currently going before my school board to present this product so all the schools in my district will have access to it – that’s how strongly I feel about it!
Elementary School Counselor
GoZen! is awesome. It has given me a way to discuss complex topics and challenges with my children. The scenarios described are real and very useful. It completely keeps the kids attention and if I’m honest given the science behind this, I’m learning as much as they are. Do your entire family a favor and invite this intergalactic gem into your home!
I have an 11 year old child dealing with anxiety. We have worked together on it for a few years and have had so much success with the GoZen! program. I am a teacher and work on a committee for Mental Health within our town and have been promoting the program because I believe it is so beneficial and valuable.
Proud Mama & Teacher
I’ve just bought the GoZen! Professional Program, I’ve started using it with clients this week and they are loving it. Thank you so much for coming up with this fab idea and sharing it.
I first want to say thank you for creating this amazing resource for kids! I am an elementary counselor, grades k-4 and work with over 650 students and encounter anxiety every day, in one form or another. I have been looking for resources for kids and parents and hadn't loved anything until I read your articles and watched your masterclass. I am IN LOVE with your ideas and action steps.
I have already implemented many of the ideas into my weekly classroom lessons. I went into the field of counseling, specifically school counseling because I wanted to make a difference and provide kids with the toolbox that I was not given. I am so passionate about your work and can not wait to watch more masterclasses and learn more. You are making such a difference in the lives of so many children and are an invaluable resource. You rock!! Thank you for taking the time to care about others and use your superpowers for good.
Have a wonderful day and keep up the AWESOME work!!
Elementary School Counselor
I teach small special education classes to 6th grade boys and I love your program because it is curriculum based and has online animations that are relatable to my students. You provide interactive games that are so much more effective than teaching from a workbook. My kids are smart, but can get frustrated and angry very easily. Your program provides the structure and multiple animation scenarios to keep them engaged and interested.
Special Education Resource Teacher
Aloha, I live in Hawaii & my daughter has Anxiety. I just wanted to let you know we love this program & my kids actually use it to help each other. Like when my 8 year old daughter is scared & crying because she is too scared to get out of the car at school sometimes her 5yr old sister reminds her it's ok it's just Widdle, come on tell Widdle it's ok & listen to Til. It really clicks & in their mind & she repeats it & tries to breathe more & is able to get out of the car. Thank you so much for speaking their language (cartoons).
I love GoZen! My husband, who I thought we could never get to watch, watched. He did so because he didn't like my daughter and I talking about Widdle and not knowing what it was about. I think whether he knows it or not, that it has actually helped him with his anxiety because of the nonjudgmental approach. Also, my daughter’s therapist now uses it with her clients as a result of my telling her about it. Thank you so much!
I just wanted to say that I used this resource this morning with K and 1st graders! They were very focused and able to understand the message and talk about how they have worries. We discussed big and little worries and calming strategies. I was concerned that the video would be a higher ordered thinking skill for them! Wow did they surprise me. Thanks for the wonderful resource. I am going to forward it to my elementary school counseling colleagues!
GoStrengths! programs address everyday problems kids face and offer concrete ways to solve them. The programs are in an easy to watch & learn format and is something all parents should see with their kids.
Parent Tested, Parent Approved
National Parenting Association
Just simply to say thanks. I passed your strategies forward to a mother with a very anxious son. They are currently in the process of diagnosis. The mother found the information particularly helpful today. Thanks