Behavioral Issues Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Kevin Dalton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Waitlist for new clients
You may have learned to build walls around feelings or memories that are too painful to touch or you may be frustrated with behavioral concerns such as procrastination, perfectionism, or an inability to enjoy life.
In therapy we learn to address problems we've been avoiding because they cause us pain or discomfort. For many, avoiding problems has become a problem in itself. You may experience issues with personal productivity, mood, traumatic memories, substance use, or social anxiety. These concerns can be distressing, but they are all manageable with the right skills. A great therapist, Carl Rogers, said “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself, just as I am, then I can change.” Therapy can help you learn skills to get this process of self-acceptance and positive change started.
You may have learned to build walls around feelings or memories that are too painful to touch or you may be frustrated with behavioral concerns such as procrastination, perfectionism, or an inability to enjoy life.
In therapy we learn to address problems we've been avoiding because they cause us pain or discomfort. For many, avoiding problems has become a problem in itself. You may experience issues with personal productivity, mood, traumatic memories, substance use, or social anxiety. These concerns can be distressing, but they are all manageable with the right skills. A great therapist, Carl Rogers, said “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself, just as I am, then I can change.” Therapy can help you learn skills to get this process of self-acceptance and positive change started.
(480) 841-9101 View (480) 841-9101
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Dalisa Jimenez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Parenting can be difficult. This is especially true when your child is experiencing behavioral problems. Whether it’s problems within the parent-child relationship, academics, peer relationships, or difficulty managing emotions, I can help. Young children are unique in their experience of the world and the challenges they face. My experience in the Birth to Five field as well as working with individuals of all ages has provided me the opportunity to help families from many different backgrounds with a variety of problems.
Parenting can be difficult. This is especially true when your child is experiencing behavioral problems. Whether it’s problems within the parent-child relationship, academics, peer relationships, or difficulty managing emotions, I can help. Young children are unique in their experience of the world and the challenges they face. My experience in the Birth to Five field as well as working with individuals of all ages has provided me the opportunity to help families from many different backgrounds with a variety of problems.
(480) 470-3644 View (480) 470-3644
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ABRA Health “Dr. Gadson”
Licensed Professional Counselor, DBH, LPC, MPC, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85034
I’m a Bilingual “Spanish and English” African American/Black Psychological Therapist with a Doctorate Degree. I work with all client ages, backgrounds, and behavioral needs. With an in-depth understanding of psychological disorders, treatment techniques, diagnosis, interventions, and referrals. This includes performing assessment and psychological testing with multiple disciplinary teams in Primary Care, Integrated Care and mental health settings. I provide solution to problems by using client’s strengths to combat challenges. I integrate the role of the mind, body, and spirit in therapy.
I’m a Bilingual “Spanish and English” African American/Black Psychological Therapist with a Doctorate Degree. I work with all client ages, backgrounds, and behavioral needs. With an in-depth understanding of psychological disorders, treatment techniques, diagnosis, interventions, and referrals. This includes performing assessment and psychological testing with multiple disciplinary teams in Primary Care, Integrated Care and mental health settings. I provide solution to problems by using client’s strengths to combat challenges. I integrate the role of the mind, body, and spirit in therapy.
(602) 671-0119 View (602) 671-0119
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Heidi Hostetler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85020
I have a background with individuals on the spectrum & with behavioral disorders & I help children navigate challenges in these areas .
Making life changes can feel overwhelming; my goal, as a clinician, is to help foster personal growth and provide you with skills needed to manage & overcome difficult life stressors. I believe every person has the potential to improve his or her mental health; looking for a therapist who is right for you is the start to understanding what you or someone you love needs to thrive. As a therapist, I am concerned with the total health & well-being of the individual or the family unit. I have a passion for working with older children, adolescents, adults & couples to help them increase skill sets for healthier relationships.
I have a background with individuals on the spectrum & with behavioral disorders & I help children navigate challenges in these areas .
Making life changes can feel overwhelming; my goal, as a clinician, is to help foster personal growth and provide you with skills needed to manage & overcome difficult life stressors. I believe every person has the potential to improve his or her mental health; looking for a therapist who is right for you is the start to understanding what you or someone you love needs to thrive. As a therapist, I am concerned with the total health & well-being of the individual or the family unit. I have a passion for working with older children, adolescents, adults & couples to help them increase skill sets for healthier relationships.
(602) 353-7465 View (602) 353-7465
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Micaela Miller
Counselor, MS, LAC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Not accepting new clients
Whether the needs are behavioral, relationship based, or trauma related her mission is to provide a safe environment and support mental health wellness. Micaela will discuss your unique needs and goals to develop a smart, supportive plan towards success. Every client wants to be heard and meet achievements. Micaela's desire for therapeutic partnership paired with experience can provide the balance needed to facilitate growth and meeting desired goals.
Whether the needs are behavioral, relationship based, or trauma related her mission is to provide a safe environment and support mental health wellness. Micaela will discuss your unique needs and goals to develop a smart, supportive plan towards success. Every client wants to be heard and meet achievements. Micaela's desire for therapeutic partnership paired with experience can provide the balance needed to facilitate growth and meeting desired goals.
(602) 536-4876 View (602) 536-4876
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Linda Wiskerchen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85044
I collaborate with parents to bring about positive behavior changes.
My name is Linda Wiskerchen. I am a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist supervisor with 20+ years experience and passion working in the mental health field. I specialize in the treatment of families and young children who are struggling at home, in school, and in the community, with individual and family counseling.
I collaborate with parents to bring about positive behavior changes.
My name is Linda Wiskerchen. I am a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist supervisor with 20+ years experience and passion working in the mental health field. I specialize in the treatment of families and young children who are struggling at home, in school, and in the community, with individual and family counseling.
(480) 467-3380 View (480) 467-3380
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Gail Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Some of my specialities include; Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma focused (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.
Currently taking new clients, virtual only. I am dedicated, compassionate and committed to the betterment of those I serve. It is my goal to impact each individual positively while I help them first, identify challenges and barriers to happiness and a good quality of life and second, to overcome them. Through the use of therapy modalities such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, psychotherapy and psychoeducation, as well as other evidence-based practices, I have been successful at helping countless adolescents and adults achieve therapy goals. Thank you for viewing me, I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
Some of my specialities include; Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma focused (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.
Currently taking new clients, virtual only. I am dedicated, compassionate and committed to the betterment of those I serve. It is my goal to impact each individual positively while I help them first, identify challenges and barriers to happiness and a good quality of life and second, to overcome them. Through the use of therapy modalities such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, psychotherapy and psychoeducation, as well as other evidence-based practices, I have been successful at helping countless adolescents and adults achieve therapy goals. Thank you for viewing me, I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
(623) 209-5235 View (623) 209-5235
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Marian C Eberly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RN
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Marian C.Eberly LCSW,RN: Dually licensed, Providing a unique blend of compassionate, highly experienced, mental and behavioral health care with 30 years of inpt/outpt treatment center Leadership.Competencies include: treating children, adolescents, families, marriage, adults: integrating the psychological, medical & spiritual needs of a person; with the unique knowledge of understanding the pharmacology, nutrition and medical conditions co-occurring with mental disorders. Exper inDiagnosing mental disorders such as Autism L-1/ (Formerly known as Asbergers) Anxiety/Depressive Disorders & Marriage Counseling and Adolescent Therapy.
Marian C.Eberly LCSW,RN: Dually licensed, Providing a unique blend of compassionate, highly experienced, mental and behavioral health care with 30 years of inpt/outpt treatment center Leadership.Competencies include: treating children, adolescents, families, marriage, adults: integrating the psychological, medical & spiritual needs of a person; with the unique knowledge of understanding the pharmacology, nutrition and medical conditions co-occurring with mental disorders. Exper inDiagnosing mental disorders such as Autism L-1/ (Formerly known as Asbergers) Anxiety/Depressive Disorders & Marriage Counseling and Adolescent Therapy.
(623) 321-2080 View (623) 321-2080
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Donn R. Yeager
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LISAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85021  (Online Only)
Donn Yeager is a Substance Abuse Counselor that has been in the industry since 2012. His experience includes having been a Residential Therapist at Calvary Addiction Recovery Center, later was the Clinical Director at Recovery in the Pines in Prescott, AZ and currently working at St. Luke's Behavioral Health Hospital. Donn has a passion for serving others and finds satisfaction in finding individuals troubled with addiction become productive citizens that further leads to the family's healing.
Donn Yeager is a Substance Abuse Counselor that has been in the industry since 2012. His experience includes having been a Residential Therapist at Calvary Addiction Recovery Center, later was the Clinical Director at Recovery in the Pines in Prescott, AZ and currently working at St. Luke's Behavioral Health Hospital. Donn has a passion for serving others and finds satisfaction in finding individuals troubled with addiction become productive citizens that further leads to the family's healing.
(602) 600-0102 View (602) 600-0102
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Amanda Hineline
MEd, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85054
My approach uses Applied Behavior Analysis, a scientific cornerstone of evidence-based techniques to unravel the intricacies of human behavior.
Here you are, fully immersed in the role of a dedicated parent, actively shaping the ideal environment for your child. Every day presents new challenges, with the added complexity of addressing behavioral challenges. In the midst of this journey, you find yourself grappling with concerns about your child's behavior, eager for solutions that go beyond the basic or surface-level and delve into a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges at hand. Right now, you're in the process of seeking a genuine understanding of behavioral principles, eager to apply this knowledge to lovingly guide and support your precious child.
My approach uses Applied Behavior Analysis, a scientific cornerstone of evidence-based techniques to unravel the intricacies of human behavior.
Here you are, fully immersed in the role of a dedicated parent, actively shaping the ideal environment for your child. Every day presents new challenges, with the added complexity of addressing behavioral challenges. In the midst of this journey, you find yourself grappling with concerns about your child's behavior, eager for solutions that go beyond the basic or surface-level and delve into a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges at hand. Right now, you're in the process of seeking a genuine understanding of behavioral principles, eager to apply this knowledge to lovingly guide and support your precious child.
(480) 680-7434 View (480) 680-7434
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Michael A Israel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85044
I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Life Coaching.
Clarity makes life a bit simpler! Everyone deserves to heal and thrive. I take a holistic approach and focus on treatment of the whole person. That is, I consider social and mental factors, rather than just the symptoms. My goal is to help you shine in life and find meaning and purpose with a newfound calling.
I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Life Coaching.
Clarity makes life a bit simpler! Everyone deserves to heal and thrive. I take a holistic approach and focus on treatment of the whole person. That is, I consider social and mental factors, rather than just the symptoms. My goal is to help you shine in life and find meaning and purpose with a newfound calling.
(520) 523-8482 View (520) 523-8482
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Tonya Whitaker: Bridge Consulting Services Llc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Through utilizing an eclectic approach with emphasis on interpersonal, cognitive behavioral and strengths-based practice, one can acquire tools to assist with creating healthier choices, lifestyle and productivity.
"In life one will face many obstacles and with strategies to address them the barriers can be overcome." Bridge providers offer counseling services that address a variety of issues. The majority of her work has been with children, adolescents, families and couples. They work in collaboration with clients to identify solutions in order to resolve life hurdles such as divorce, depression, anxiety, school issues, peer problems, parenting, parent-child conflict and work stressors.
Through utilizing an eclectic approach with emphasis on interpersonal, cognitive behavioral and strengths-based practice, one can acquire tools to assist with creating healthier choices, lifestyle and productivity.
"In life one will face many obstacles and with strategies to address them the barriers can be overcome." Bridge providers offer counseling services that address a variety of issues. The majority of her work has been with children, adolescents, families and couples. They work in collaboration with clients to identify solutions in order to resolve life hurdles such as divorce, depression, anxiety, school issues, peer problems, parenting, parent-child conflict and work stressors.
(623) 552-6463 View (623) 552-6463
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Melissa Wye Geraci
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, BIA, TF-CBT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85022
In addition I have a Behavior in Autism certification that emphasizes that positive approaches to maladaptive behaviors.
What makes my practice unique is my personal and professional background in disabilities that goes back 52 years in Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, hearing and vision impairments and cerebral palsy. While I am 64, I have worked with families and children for the last ten years in the Southwest and Baltimore helping to meet their multitude of needs for intervention and education. In addition, I have 33 years of sobriety and am experienced working with people with substance abuse issues.
In addition I have a Behavior in Autism certification that emphasizes that positive approaches to maladaptive behaviors.
What makes my practice unique is my personal and professional background in disabilities that goes back 52 years in Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, hearing and vision impairments and cerebral palsy. While I am 64, I have worked with families and children for the last ten years in the Southwest and Baltimore helping to meet their multitude of needs for intervention and education. In addition, I have 33 years of sobriety and am experienced working with people with substance abuse issues.
(928) 455-8454 View (928) 455-8454
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Brandon Walters
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85001  (Online Only)
My approach combines Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) for self-exploration and acceptance with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for practical tools to reshape thoughts and behaviors.
My goal is to empower you to unlock your potential, develop coping strategies, and foster a sense of balance in your life. Together, we can navigate the complexities of your experiences and work towards building a foundation for lasting positive change.
My approach combines Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) for self-exploration and acceptance with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for practical tools to reshape thoughts and behaviors.
My goal is to empower you to unlock your potential, develop coping strategies, and foster a sense of balance in your life. Together, we can navigate the complexities of your experiences and work towards building a foundation for lasting positive change.
(623) 343-8172 View (623) 343-8172
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Dr. Jennifer McChristian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85040
I draw from various modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and trauma-informed interventions.
Welcome to The Crest. We are a comprehensive mental and behavioral health organization that serves diverse individuals from a diverse perspective. I am the primary therapist and I understand that seeking therapy can be a courageous and vulnerable step towards healing and growth. With licenses in AZ, IN, NM, Nevada, and TX and a commitment to person-centered, evidence-based therapy, I am here to offer you a safe haven on your journey.
I draw from various modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and trauma-informed interventions.
Welcome to The Crest. We are a comprehensive mental and behavioral health organization that serves diverse individuals from a diverse perspective. I am the primary therapist and I understand that seeking therapy can be a courageous and vulnerable step towards healing and growth. With licenses in AZ, IN, NM, Nevada, and TX and a commitment to person-centered, evidence-based therapy, I am here to offer you a safe haven on your journey.
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CLTatum & Associates Behavioral Healthcare
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85029
CLTatum & Associates Behavioral Healthcare is a mental health clinic that provides in-office, in-home, Telehealth counseling and psychotherapy services. Our team of experienced and licensed therapists work closely with our clients to provide personalized treatment plans that We have extensive practice with adults, teens, children, relationships, and families. Issues such as, breakups/heartache, self-identity, sex-identity, parenting, marital discord and lack of coping skills and more will be addressed to your satisfaction. Call now and find the joy and meaningful life you deserve.
CLTatum & Associates Behavioral Healthcare is a mental health clinic that provides in-office, in-home, Telehealth counseling and psychotherapy services. Our team of experienced and licensed therapists work closely with our clients to provide personalized treatment plans that We have extensive practice with adults, teens, children, relationships, and families. Issues such as, breakups/heartache, self-identity, sex-identity, parenting, marital discord and lack of coping skills and more will be addressed to your satisfaction. Call now and find the joy and meaningful life you deserve.
(623) 254-4621 View (623) 254-4621
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Anthony Webster
MAEd
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Youth and adults who come to me often struggle with social-emotional and behavioral issues affecting academic progress, job functioning, peer/family relationships and self-image. These issues are often rooted in family conflict, identity confusion and trauma and can lead to more serious issues of anxiety and depression. As an interventionist, I will first help you resolve interpersonal conflicts and move outward to address family relational, social, academic, cultural and spiritual functioning.
Youth and adults who come to me often struggle with social-emotional and behavioral issues affecting academic progress, job functioning, peer/family relationships and self-image. These issues are often rooted in family conflict, identity confusion and trauma and can lead to more serious issues of anxiety and depression. As an interventionist, I will first help you resolve interpersonal conflicts and move outward to address family relational, social, academic, cultural and spiritual functioning.
(480) 207-2084 View (480) 207-2084
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Cynthia Ramos
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCTS-I
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85054  (Online Only)
I use sandplay, art, storytelling, and games to help children work through emotional and behavioral challenges.
Welcome, I'm delighted that you've embarked on this journey of self-discovery, growth, and healing. I would be honored to provide you with a safe space to work towards your healing and transformation. As a Latinx therapist, I am passionate about serving the Spanish-speaking community and helping to lessen the stigma of accessing mental health services. I am equally as passionate about working with children, teens, and their families so that they may overcome any challenges they are facing. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families using a variety of evidence-based methods that are tailored to you.
I use sandplay, art, storytelling, and games to help children work through emotional and behavioral challenges.
Welcome, I'm delighted that you've embarked on this journey of self-discovery, growth, and healing. I would be honored to provide you with a safe space to work towards your healing and transformation. As a Latinx therapist, I am passionate about serving the Spanish-speaking community and helping to lessen the stigma of accessing mental health services. I am equally as passionate about working with children, teens, and their families so that they may overcome any challenges they are facing. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families using a variety of evidence-based methods that are tailored to you.
(623) 288-0419 View (623) 288-0419
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Jillian Shively
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85006
I am excited to offer the services of my private therapy practice for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as adults, Through the Woods Therapy AZ, LLC.   For the past 11 years I have worked with children and their families who have struggled with issues including but not limited to: suicide attempts and ideation, homicidal ideation, family conflict, behavioral issues, aggression, anxiety, emotional and physical abuse, ADHD, defiance, and emotion dysregulation. I also provide therapy services for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management, as well as other difficulties.
I am excited to offer the services of my private therapy practice for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as adults, Through the Woods Therapy AZ, LLC.   For the past 11 years I have worked with children and their families who have struggled with issues including but not limited to: suicide attempts and ideation, homicidal ideation, family conflict, behavioral issues, aggression, anxiety, emotional and physical abuse, ADHD, defiance, and emotion dysregulation. I also provide therapy services for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management, as well as other difficulties.
(480) 853-1674 View (480) 853-1674
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Ryan Shelby Butler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85085
In helping clients with a variety of psychological, social, behavioral, and emotional needs, I provide values-based mental health services in addressing career, abuse, addiction, couples, individual, or marital and family situations, as well as crises and trauma, for any age, gender, and cultural background.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), working under the private agency: Becoming Transformed, LLC. I come from a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, where I was able to apply my unique counseling skills in a diverse community of teaching, accounting/finance, analytics, and guidance for students and school leadership. I spend much of my spare time with family, serving in church leadership, reading/writing, and enjoying the great outdoors.
In helping clients with a variety of psychological, social, behavioral, and emotional needs, I provide values-based mental health services in addressing career, abuse, addiction, couples, individual, or marital and family situations, as well as crises and trauma, for any age, gender, and cultural background.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), working under the private agency: Becoming Transformed, LLC. I come from a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, where I was able to apply my unique counseling skills in a diverse community of teaching, accounting/finance, analytics, and guidance for students and school leadership. I spend much of my spare time with family, serving in church leadership, reading/writing, and enjoying the great outdoors.
(623) 526-4743 View (623) 526-4743
Behavioral Issues Therapists

What happens in therapy for behavioral issues?

No matter the type of therapy, individuals form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is often therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Individuals learn to identify situations that are especially troublesome for them and acquire new patterns of thinking and behaving. In therapy for ADHD, one of the most common behavior issues for children, individuals learn how to improve frustration tolerance, control impulsivity, manage attentional focus, and gain skills of self-organisation.

What therapy types help with behavioral issues?

Many types of therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Perhaps best-known and most widely tested is cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT), in which individuals learn new behavioral strategies and curb reactivity to frustrating or distressing situations that trigger disruptive behaviour. Anger, anxiety, mood disorders, impulse control problems are commonly addressed in CBT. Family therapy or parent management training is often helpful to reduce parent-child conflict and behavioral difficulties at home.

How long does therapy last for behavioral issues?

Among popular approaches to treating behavioral concerns, CBT is considered a short-term therapy intended to be administered in 15 to 20 weekly sessions. Parent training in behavior management, often used when the underlying cause of behavior issues is ADHD in children under 12, usually occurs in weekly sessions for 8 to 16 weeks. When behavioral issues stem from persistent aggression or defiance, therapy may last for months, and usually targets both children and their parents.

How effective is therapy for behavior issues?

Studies show that therapy for behavior issues in children is highly effective and may prevent the development of antisocial behavior later in life. Family intervention—parent management training or family therapy, both of which involve parents and children together—is considered most effective, notably for children under age 12 who persistently engage in aggressive, defiant, rule-breaking or other disruptive behavior. Whether provided alone or in combination with medication, CBT is highly effective in helping people regulate their emotions, and for people with ADHD, it addresses impulsiveness, hyperactivity and attentional focus.