The girl child's current method of separating the Rational from the Irrational is to remove the physical source of her anxiety, if applicable. For example...she brought one of her American Girl dolls (hand-me-down, not purchased) down to us late one night because it was scaring her. A few nights later, Curious George joined the doll. Huge steps from the screaming and hours of talking her down!
Tomorrow? We will be conducting a full purge of dolls, including Barbies.
But not the stuffed animals, because those only fart and snore.