Behavioral Issues Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Marcia K Garceau
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92129  (Online Only)
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, PhD, LMFT with over 15 years of clinical experience helping individuals and couples acquire strategies and solutions to overcome general anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, panic, PTSD, phobias, depression, relationship problems, weight loss, other self-sabotaging behavior, career and life transitions, grief, and parenting/family issues.
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, PhD, LMFT with over 15 years of clinical experience helping individuals and couples acquire strategies and solutions to overcome general anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, panic, PTSD, phobias, depression, relationship problems, weight loss, other self-sabotaging behavior, career and life transitions, grief, and parenting/family issues.
(858) 281-2734 View (858) 281-2734
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Child Wellness Consulting Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
We offer treatment for OCD, Anxiety, depression, ADHD, opposition, behavioral difficulties, Autism Spectrum and more.
Child Wellness is a mental health clinic that focuses on solutions to complex childhood diagnosis, parent management training and sever Anxieties such as OCD. We have coaches on staff that are willing to go the extra mile in teach and coaching parents and their children how to have a more meaningful and peaceful life.
We offer treatment for OCD, Anxiety, depression, ADHD, opposition, behavioral difficulties, Autism Spectrum and more.
Child Wellness is a mental health clinic that focuses on solutions to complex childhood diagnosis, parent management training and sever Anxieties such as OCD. We have coaches on staff that are willing to go the extra mile in teach and coaching parents and their children how to have a more meaningful and peaceful life.
(442) 245-5119 View (442) 245-5119
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Kristen Nurkowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92107  (Online Only)
Previous roles include behavior mod special ed teacher, prison re-entry counselor, IOP case manager and therapist.
Do you have counterproductive behaviors that create more issues than they solve? Do you recognize maladaptive thought patterns that disrupt and hinder you from reaching your goals? Only by taking the time to explore your inner-workings, can you begin to identify and eradicate what doesn’t work by developing strategies & moving towards what does, allowing a healthy authentic adult version of you to emerge. I personally believe it's the struggles we endure and the obstacles we overcome that create our character.
Previous roles include behavior mod special ed teacher, prison re-entry counselor, IOP case manager and therapist.
Do you have counterproductive behaviors that create more issues than they solve? Do you recognize maladaptive thought patterns that disrupt and hinder you from reaching your goals? Only by taking the time to explore your inner-workings, can you begin to identify and eradicate what doesn’t work by developing strategies & moving towards what does, allowing a healthy authentic adult version of you to emerge. I personally believe it's the struggles we endure and the obstacles we overcome that create our character.
(760) 263-6810 View (760) 263-6810
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David Rosen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
In addition to my clinical work I am a trainer with Triple P America, teaching clinicians how to work with parents struggling with behavior problems with their children and work with service members and their families as a Military Family and Lifestyle Counselor.
The strongest person is the one who knows when to ask for help. Everyone struggles, but why do some people handle life's challenges so well? My goal is to help my clients have a happy and fulfilling life. What this means is clearly different from person to person. My aim is to identify the behaviors that are keeping this from happening, implement these changes, practice them in real life and moving on. I am a short term-solution focused therapist. The more you do outside of therapy, the faster you can achieve the changes you desire.
In addition to my clinical work I am a trainer with Triple P America, teaching clinicians how to work with parents struggling with behavior problems with their children and work with service members and their families as a Military Family and Lifestyle Counselor.
The strongest person is the one who knows when to ask for help. Everyone struggles, but why do some people handle life's challenges so well? My goal is to help my clients have a happy and fulfilling life. What this means is clearly different from person to person. My aim is to identify the behaviors that are keeping this from happening, implement these changes, practice them in real life and moving on. I am a short term-solution focused therapist. The more you do outside of therapy, the faster you can achieve the changes you desire.
(909) 833-7229 View (909) 833-7229
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Emmi Fowler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I'm so glad you are here! It takes strength and bravery to seek out help, so I commend you for taking the first step in your/your child's healing. My passion is supporting emotional growth and healing through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, childhood and adolescence. I enjoy working with youth who face difficult life transitions, anxiety, depression, bullying, autism, ADHD, social and behavioral issues. I enjoy working with adults on strengthening their parenting skills, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and women's related issues such as pregnancy/postpartum struggles.
I'm so glad you are here! It takes strength and bravery to seek out help, so I commend you for taking the first step in your/your child's healing. My passion is supporting emotional growth and healing through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, childhood and adolescence. I enjoy working with youth who face difficult life transitions, anxiety, depression, bullying, autism, ADHD, social and behavioral issues. I enjoy working with adults on strengthening their parenting skills, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and women's related issues such as pregnancy/postpartum struggles.
(619) 598-0043 View (619) 598-0043
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Keri Rosen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
When you are worried that your child is not at their best and may be suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety or behavioral problems, it can be difficult to know what to do. Making the decision to put your child in therapy can be a difficult one that comes along with fear of judgement, failure and anxiety. At the same time, we want what is best for our children and we want them to grow and succeed in life. It is my goal to assist children and families to be healthy, happy and thriving.
When you are worried that your child is not at their best and may be suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety or behavioral problems, it can be difficult to know what to do. Making the decision to put your child in therapy can be a difficult one that comes along with fear of judgement, failure and anxiety. At the same time, we want what is best for our children and we want them to grow and succeed in life. It is my goal to assist children and families to be healthy, happy and thriving.
(619) 780-1596 View (619) 780-1596
Jordyn Skaggs
Registered Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109
I treat children, adolescents, and young adults with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, eating disorders and trauma by changing their mood, thought patterns, acceptance, and the way they approach their struggles. I believe in managing issues from a holistic perspective and that the right support and tools can help impact a positive change. I am also qualified to complete psychological assessments and evaluations.
I treat children, adolescents, and young adults with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, eating disorders and trauma by changing their mood, thought patterns, acceptance, and the way they approach their struggles. I believe in managing issues from a holistic perspective and that the right support and tools can help impact a positive change. I am also qualified to complete psychological assessments and evaluations.
(858) 289-0898 View (858) 289-0898
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Marie Secrist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92128  (Online Only)
I value building on your resiliency to facilitate growth towards your personal goals. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Specifically, I focus on treating trauma and am a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist. I strive to help individuals who struggle with trauma symptoms by providing trauma informed care. Also, as a clinician who values working with children with behavioral difficulties, I provide quality Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to restore the parent-child relationship for children 2-7 years old.
I value building on your resiliency to facilitate growth towards your personal goals. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Specifically, I focus on treating trauma and am a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist. I strive to help individuals who struggle with trauma symptoms by providing trauma informed care. Also, as a clinician who values working with children with behavioral difficulties, I provide quality Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to restore the parent-child relationship for children 2-7 years old.
(858) 704-2346 View (858) 704-2346
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Crystal Horton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92120  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, ADHD, grief/loss, self-esteem, behavioral issues, and interpersonal difficulties.
Do you struggle with stress, anxiety, or depression? Do you feel stuck in your life or in your relationships? I can help! We will work together to help build insight, explore healthy strategies to improve your mental health and navigate life adversities. Welcome! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in California. I have experience working with children, teens, adults, families, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ communities across various therapeutic settings.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, ADHD, grief/loss, self-esteem, behavioral issues, and interpersonal difficulties.
Do you struggle with stress, anxiety, or depression? Do you feel stuck in your life or in your relationships? I can help! We will work together to help build insight, explore healthy strategies to improve your mental health and navigate life adversities. Welcome! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in California. I have experience working with children, teens, adults, families, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ communities across various therapeutic settings.
(562) 620-4208 View (562) 620-4208
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Gather Your Strength Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
As a Certified Geek Therapist through Geek Therapeutics, I utilize Geek Therapy techniques alongside with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Welcome, my name is Michael Garrett. I work with youth, adults, families, and couples who are challenged by everyday life stressors. As a Geek therapist, I am able to use the psychology of geek culture in order to better ourselves and avoid unwanted behaviors. Do you find yourself feeling extremely sad, lonely, or have difficulty getting out of bed? Do you feel so anxious that it is difficult to get through each day? Perhaps you or even someone you know is struggling with finding a balance between video games and life. If any of this sounds familiar to you, I’m here to help.
As a Certified Geek Therapist through Geek Therapeutics, I utilize Geek Therapy techniques alongside with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Welcome, my name is Michael Garrett. I work with youth, adults, families, and couples who are challenged by everyday life stressors. As a Geek therapist, I am able to use the psychology of geek culture in order to better ourselves and avoid unwanted behaviors. Do you find yourself feeling extremely sad, lonely, or have difficulty getting out of bed? Do you feel so anxious that it is difficult to get through each day? Perhaps you or even someone you know is struggling with finding a balance between video games and life. If any of this sounds familiar to you, I’m here to help.
(619) 494-0485 View (619) 494-0485
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Cassidy O'Brien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
I work with children and teens of all ages, and specialize in working with “littles” (ages 0-5), with extensive training in early childhood mental health. I specialize in helping children cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions, and often take a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach adaptive coping skills to help kids manage challenges. I approach my work with children by viewing them in the context of the whole family, using a family-systems lens and attachment-based approach to strengthen family relationships and to support parents in developing tools to feel equipped to manage behavioral challenges.
I work with children and teens of all ages, and specialize in working with “littles” (ages 0-5), with extensive training in early childhood mental health. I specialize in helping children cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions, and often take a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach adaptive coping skills to help kids manage challenges. I approach my work with children by viewing them in the context of the whole family, using a family-systems lens and attachment-based approach to strengthen family relationships and to support parents in developing tools to feel equipped to manage behavioral challenges.
(858) 544-3412 View (858) 544-3412
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Rachel Mitchell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
I specialize in issues surrounding life adjustments, depression and anxiety, school/sports performance, domestic violence, intrapersonal relationships in families, developmental disabilities, mindfulness, and behavior modification.
Are you looking to increase your healing and well-being? It is common for our instincts to lead us to stay away from uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Sometimes we may feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or plain tired from issues that arise that we may not be able to solve on our own, and that is ok! Whether you have a short-term goal that can be reached in a few weeks or a long-term goal that can be reached in a few years, we will work together step by step to break down barriers and set you up for success on a daily basis.
I specialize in issues surrounding life adjustments, depression and anxiety, school/sports performance, domestic violence, intrapersonal relationships in families, developmental disabilities, mindfulness, and behavior modification.
Are you looking to increase your healing and well-being? It is common for our instincts to lead us to stay away from uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Sometimes we may feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or plain tired from issues that arise that we may not be able to solve on our own, and that is ok! Whether you have a short-term goal that can be reached in a few weeks or a long-term goal that can be reached in a few years, we will work together step by step to break down barriers and set you up for success on a daily basis.
(619) 367-8873 View (619) 367-8873
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Kelsey Mudge
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127
Therapy is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about yourself and the challenges you face. Struggling with motivation? Feeling anxious? Trouble focusing? These are just a few of the challenges I can help you with in therapy.  I'll help you grow in self-awareness, improve your mental health management skills, strengthen your coping skills and self-care, and provide a safe space for you to grow and be heard. I work with individuals, teens, young adults, student athletes, and families by using different types of treatment modalities and interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Art Therapy.
Therapy is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about yourself and the challenges you face. Struggling with motivation? Feeling anxious? Trouble focusing? These are just a few of the challenges I can help you with in therapy.  I'll help you grow in self-awareness, improve your mental health management skills, strengthen your coping skills and self-care, and provide a safe space for you to grow and be heard. I work with individuals, teens, young adults, student athletes, and families by using different types of treatment modalities and interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Art Therapy.
(858) 602-1271 View (858) 602-1271
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Ruth Her
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92154
If I had to choose the conditions I enjoy treating the most it would be High functioning Mood/Anxiety, Behavioral problems, Chronic pain, Family conflict, Life Transitions, School issues, Men/Women issues, Trauma, Stress, and Grief.
Welcome to my Profile! My name is Ruth Her and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I'm happy you made the choice to find what I hope may be a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings. Not knowing what to expect from therapy can sometimes make us feel some sense of anxiety. This feeling is normal and understandable. Especially now, it is very important to take care of our mind and body. There is so much happening around us and to us. It is so important to take time to look after our mental health and well-being. During our first therapy session, it is my intent to set your heart at ease and introduce myself to you.
If I had to choose the conditions I enjoy treating the most it would be High functioning Mood/Anxiety, Behavioral problems, Chronic pain, Family conflict, Life Transitions, School issues, Men/Women issues, Trauma, Stress, and Grief.
Welcome to my Profile! My name is Ruth Her and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I'm happy you made the choice to find what I hope may be a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings. Not knowing what to expect from therapy can sometimes make us feel some sense of anxiety. This feeling is normal and understandable. Especially now, it is very important to take care of our mind and body. There is so much happening around us and to us. It is so important to take time to look after our mental health and well-being. During our first therapy session, it is my intent to set your heart at ease and introduce myself to you.
(619) 566-1518 View (619) 566-1518
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Alaina Bigger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92107
My therapeutic orientation/expertise is cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic and systems.
I am licensed in California & Ohio with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. I believe that you are the expert on your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
My therapeutic orientation/expertise is cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic and systems.
I am licensed in California & Ohio with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. I believe that you are the expert on your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
(619) 313-5549 View (619) 313-5549
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Personal Evolution Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Is excessive worry or sadness limiting your life? Do you want to feel better and live a life worth living? Helping our clients overcome social anxiety, depression, communication & relationship issues, panic, excessive worry & depression is our primary focus. Visit Us at www.PersonalEvolutionPsychotherapy.com. By using proven therapy methods (We are Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT specialists) we will focus on specific problems, solutions, skills & reachable goals. We provide much more than traditional talk therapy & help you get results to help control your emotions & your life. By doing this we can help more quickly. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Is excessive worry or sadness limiting your life? Do you want to feel better and live a life worth living? Helping our clients overcome social anxiety, depression, communication & relationship issues, panic, excessive worry & depression is our primary focus. Visit Us at www.PersonalEvolutionPsychotherapy.com. By using proven therapy methods (We are Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT specialists) we will focus on specific problems, solutions, skills & reachable goals. We provide much more than traditional talk therapy & help you get results to help control your emotions & your life. By doing this we can help more quickly. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
(619) 787-6676 View (619) 787-6676
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Sawyer Franklin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
I specialize in supporting children, teens, and young adults cope with attention difficulties and ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, trauma, and life transitions. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), First Approaches Skills Training-Behavior (FAST-B), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have a proven track record of helping kids, teens, and young adults overcome their challenges and lead more fulfilling, happy lives.
I specialize in supporting children, teens, and young adults cope with attention difficulties and ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, trauma, and life transitions. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), First Approaches Skills Training-Behavior (FAST-B), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have a proven track record of helping kids, teens, and young adults overcome their challenges and lead more fulfilling, happy lives.
(858) 753-4287 View (858) 753-4287
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San Diego Kids First
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130
Every child is unique. To help children overcome social, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and/or academic challenges, we can't be preoccupied with simply signing labels. Rather, we need to identify a child's individual strengths as well as their weaknesses in order to design effective strategies that suit their needs. We work closely with parents, schools, and other professionals to establish a comprehensive picture of the whole child. It's from this highly individualized approach along with the collaboration with those that know the child/teen well, that we are able to create the most significant and dramatic change!
Every child is unique. To help children overcome social, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and/or academic challenges, we can't be preoccupied with simply signing labels. Rather, we need to identify a child's individual strengths as well as their weaknesses in order to design effective strategies that suit their needs. We work closely with parents, schools, and other professionals to establish a comprehensive picture of the whole child. It's from this highly individualized approach along with the collaboration with those that know the child/teen well, that we are able to create the most significant and dramatic change!
(858) 215-1923 View (858) 215-1923
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Personal Evolution Psychotherapy - Soojin Poole
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Is excessive worry or sadness limiting your life? Do you want to feel better and live a life worth living? Helping our clients overcome social anxiety, depression, communication & relationship issues, panic, excessive worry & depression is our primary focus. Visit Us at www.PersonalEvolutionPsychotherapy.com. By using proven therapy methods (We are Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT specialists) we will focus on specific problems, solutions, skills & reachable goals. We provide much more than traditional talk therapy & help you get results to help control your emotions & your life. By doing this we can help more quickly. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Is excessive worry or sadness limiting your life? Do you want to feel better and live a life worth living? Helping our clients overcome social anxiety, depression, communication & relationship issues, panic, excessive worry & depression is our primary focus. Visit Us at www.PersonalEvolutionPsychotherapy.com. By using proven therapy methods (We are Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT specialists) we will focus on specific problems, solutions, skills & reachable goals. We provide much more than traditional talk therapy & help you get results to help control your emotions & your life. By doing this we can help more quickly. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
(619) 787-6676 View (619) 787-6676
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Blooming Behavior Services
Michelle Felix, MEd , BCBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
At Blooming Behavior Services, you can count on personalized programming from a team of caring professionals, along with consistent, innovative, and achievable plans that have proven to be successful.
Was your child recently diagnosed with Autism, at risk for Autism, intellectual, developmental, neurological disability, and/or has comorbidity diagnosis? Do they have difficulty completing daily life skills, in school, or making friends? If so we would love to help you and your family by creating tailored treatment goals that have lasting change.
At Blooming Behavior Services, you can count on personalized programming from a team of caring professionals, along with consistent, innovative, and achievable plans that have proven to be successful.
Was your child recently diagnosed with Autism, at risk for Autism, intellectual, developmental, neurological disability, and/or has comorbidity diagnosis? Do they have difficulty completing daily life skills, in school, or making friends? If so we would love to help you and your family by creating tailored treatment goals that have lasting change.
(858) 244-9320 View (858) 244-9320
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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.