Many families find themselves burnt out or at the end of their ropes when managing a child or teen with behavioral challenges. Parents often state that they do not feel like they have the tools to change their child's behavior or that they feel as if they have tried everything that they know, without success.
Based on your child’s age and challenging behaviors my goal is to not only explore the possible source of the behaviors, but also create a plan to reduce each challenging behavior. Some of the most effective ways of identifying and reducing behaviors can include play therapy, positive reinforcement, boundaries, consistency, and clear expectation. These interventions can also aid in restructuring the family system to create a more appropriate family hierarchy.
Behavioral therapy can be greatly beneficial for children and adolescents that are oppositional, anxious, overly angry, engage in school avoidance, engage in verbal or physical aggression, and defy parents / authorities.
Behavioral therapy and behavior modification is not geared at changing what makes your child who they are, but is focused on building on your child's strengths and finding ways to increase your child's success and happiness.
Some children and teens may not struggle with challenging behaviors but rather struggle with age-appropriate social skills. This can be seen as difficulty in school, family gatherings, and day-to-day situations. The source of social skills difficulty can be the result of various factors including, but not limited to, difficulty with decision making, impulsivity, lack of social skills practice, opposition, ADHD, and being on the Autism Spectrum. Some of the most common areas to address in social skills psychotherapy include, but are not limited to:
Accepting "No" as an answer
Following instructions / rules
Utilizing anger management
Resisting peer pressure
In addition to teaching children and adolescents new ways to manage social interactions, social skills psychotherapy can also focus of teaching behavioral management to parents. This can aid in the reduction of social skills challenges through consistency, effective praise, and positive reinforcement.
"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things."