Behavior problems with kids and teens

Dallas Counseling for Behavior Problems with Kids and Teens

All children and adolescents misbehave at some time or another, but some behavioral difficulties go beyond developmentally appropriate forms of limit-testing, mischief, or rebellion.  Some children and  teens display patterns of hostile, aggressive, or disruptive behaviors which not only affect the child, but also his or her family and community.
 
Warning signs of behavioral problems which are more than just developmentally typical include:
  • Harming or threatening self or others
  • Damaging or destroying property
  • Lying or stealing
  • Consistent decline in school performance or skipping school
  • Early smoking, drinking, drug use or promiscuity
  • Frequent and / or explosive tantrums or arguments
  • Consistent hostility towards figures of authority

Parents of children with behavioral problems often exhaust their supply of disciplinary techniques in attempt to cease relentless patterns of misbehavior.  They try everything from improving communication, to depriving of privileges, to various forms of punishment, but find little success in altering the behaviors.  Often parents will continue to experience difficulty until the psychological roots of the misbehavior are addressed.

If you see signs of a problem, reach out for assistannce. Children and adolescents who exhibit behavior problems are at higher risk for school failure, mental health problems, addictive patterns and even suicide. Therapy can enable the roots of the behavior to be addressed and a therapist can assist both you and your child in reducing patterns of misbehavior and increasing your child’s ability to make appropriate and healthy choices which will carry him or her towards a more productive and content future.

The Insights therapists who specialize in behavior problems with kids and teens are Laura Elpers Pierce and Murphy Foster. Call Insights Therapy today at 214.706.0508, click here to email us, or click here to schedule an appointment. Insights offers flexible scheduling with daytime, evening and weekend appointments.