Behavioral Issues Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Briera D. Nix
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
My passion is to work with children, adolescents, & college aged individuals who struggle with behavioral issues, family conflict, life changes, self-esteem, and anxiety. My ultimate goal is to help our youth understand that it's okay not to be okay and to know that it's okay to seek help! As Robert Kiyosaki once said, “One of the biggest defects in life is in the inability to ask for help." Therefore, it is my belief that in order for a healthier future to occur, we must start by supporting the mental health of our youth, as they are the future generations to come.
My passion is to work with children, adolescents, & college aged individuals who struggle with behavioral issues, family conflict, life changes, self-esteem, and anxiety. My ultimate goal is to help our youth understand that it's okay not to be okay and to know that it's okay to seek help! As Robert Kiyosaki once said, “One of the biggest defects in life is in the inability to ask for help." Therefore, it is my belief that in order for a healthier future to occur, we must start by supporting the mental health of our youth, as they are the future generations to come.
(615) 205-9901 View (615) 205-9901
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Olivia Carrie Taylor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37214
Not accepting new clients
Olivia has extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression and behavioral problems.
Olivia Taylor, LPC-MHSP is a licensed clinician at New Directions Wellness Center in Nashville, TN. Olivia has eleven plus years as a therapist specializing in providing therapy for children, adolescents and families. She has previous experience working with family court, DCS, and juvenile corrections. She comes to New Directions after working with children, adolescents, and adults in a community mental health setting for over 2 years.
Olivia has extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression and behavioral problems.
Olivia Taylor, LPC-MHSP is a licensed clinician at New Directions Wellness Center in Nashville, TN. Olivia has eleven plus years as a therapist specializing in providing therapy for children, adolescents and families. She has previous experience working with family court, DCS, and juvenile corrections. She comes to New Directions after working with children, adolescents, and adults in a community mental health setting for over 2 years.
(615) 437-9503 View (615) 437-9503
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Maggie Ratley
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC, MHSP(t)
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206
Not accepting new clients
If you feel as if life is too difficult and are overwhelmed at the thought of continuing with how things are, we may be a good fit to work together. I provide support for children, adolescents, their families, and individual adults experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harming behaviors, and behavioral difficulties. I help my clients navigate the shame they are experiencing and help lead them to self-compassion and understanding of the 'why' behind their feelings and behaviors.
If you feel as if life is too difficult and are overwhelmed at the thought of continuing with how things are, we may be a good fit to work together. I provide support for children, adolescents, their families, and individual adults experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harming behaviors, and behavioral difficulties. I help my clients navigate the shame they are experiencing and help lead them to self-compassion and understanding of the 'why' behind their feelings and behaviors.
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Guided Path Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, LPCC-S, LCHMC-S, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209  (Online Only)
I have experience using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavior Therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling.
Hi I'm Leah, the owner, CEO, and therapist for Guided Path Counseling. I am happy to have so many wonderful therapists at Guided Path! We will make sure that you are paired with the therapist that best fits your needs. We have experience working with a variety of populations, including incarcerated, inpatient, couples, military, families, adolescents, and children. Besides traditional therapy, I offer assessments for emotional support animals and evaluations for gender affirming care procedures.
I have experience using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavior Therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling.
Hi I'm Leah, the owner, CEO, and therapist for Guided Path Counseling. I am happy to have so many wonderful therapists at Guided Path! We will make sure that you are paired with the therapist that best fits your needs. We have experience working with a variety of populations, including incarcerated, inpatient, couples, military, families, adolescents, and children. Besides traditional therapy, I offer assessments for emotional support animals and evaluations for gender affirming care procedures.
(615) 285-5805 View (615) 285-5805
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Inner Beauty Wellness
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPCMHSP, Temp
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37210
I specialize in behavior modification, mood disorders, youth and adolescents behaviors, life transitions, mindfulness exercises, and organizational consulting.
My focus is you and understanding how your mind works. It is challenging trying to identify with your inner light while going through the motions of life. Searching for strength, courage, happiness, and peace without a clear understanding of life purpose, can be overwhelming. Our partnership in your emotional journey will explore your soul, identify the root of your issues and navigate a plan to elevate your self worth through integrative mental health and holistic approaches. My goal is to empower you to live purposely and authentically.
I specialize in behavior modification, mood disorders, youth and adolescents behaviors, life transitions, mindfulness exercises, and organizational consulting.
My focus is you and understanding how your mind works. It is challenging trying to identify with your inner light while going through the motions of life. Searching for strength, courage, happiness, and peace without a clear understanding of life purpose, can be overwhelming. Our partnership in your emotional journey will explore your soul, identify the root of your issues and navigate a plan to elevate your self worth through integrative mental health and holistic approaches. My goal is to empower you to live purposely and authentically.
(615) 627-9666 View (615) 627-9666
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Icy Diamond
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37206
Trained in an electic mix of modalities, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy, I am constantly engaging in clinical advancement opportunities to ensure my clients grow and never outgrow me! If a radical change is what you're craving for your kiddo, you & your partner, or your family, reach out today for a consultation.
Hello, I'm Icy Diamond, a licensed social worker at Radical Change Therapy where I provide a collaborative and safe environment for children to develop healthy behavior patterns and positive coping strategies while working alongside their families to understand their reactions and behavior through the lens of intergenerational interpersonal trauma. Processing family trauma allows parents to understand and rework how they show up for their children, children to seize the maturity and motivation to create new family legacies, and families as a whole to build the rapport and resilience needed to heal and move forward together.
Trained in an electic mix of modalities, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy, I am constantly engaging in clinical advancement opportunities to ensure my clients grow and never outgrow me! If a radical change is what you're craving for your kiddo, you & your partner, or your family, reach out today for a consultation.
Hello, I'm Icy Diamond, a licensed social worker at Radical Change Therapy where I provide a collaborative and safe environment for children to develop healthy behavior patterns and positive coping strategies while working alongside their families to understand their reactions and behavior through the lens of intergenerational interpersonal trauma. Processing family trauma allows parents to understand and rework how they show up for their children, children to seize the maturity and motivation to create new family legacies, and families as a whole to build the rapport and resilience needed to heal and move forward together.
(615) 857-0458 View (615) 857-0458
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Jessica Davidson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MS, LPC, MHSP-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221
I have also been specially trained to work with children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, behavioral issues and problems controlling anger.
Are you worried about your child? Does your child not seem like themselves? Your child may be irritable, aggressive and defiant. Your child may seem angry or withdrawn. Adolescents often refuse to talk to you, participate in enjoyable activities, experience thoughts of suicide or do things to harm themselves. Your child may have experienced a traumatic event or is having difficulty navigating a life change such as divorce, death of a family member or adoption. You may feel hopeless and not sure how to help your child. If this sounds familiar, I can help. I have experience working with children with these same issues.
I have also been specially trained to work with children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, behavioral issues and problems controlling anger.
Are you worried about your child? Does your child not seem like themselves? Your child may be irritable, aggressive and defiant. Your child may seem angry or withdrawn. Adolescents often refuse to talk to you, participate in enjoyable activities, experience thoughts of suicide or do things to harm themselves. Your child may have experienced a traumatic event or is having difficulty navigating a life change such as divorce, death of a family member or adoption. You may feel hopeless and not sure how to help your child. If this sounds familiar, I can help. I have experience working with children with these same issues.
(615) 434-4227 View (615) 434-4227
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Dr. Gina Crean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209  (Online Only)
This could look like: depression, anxiety, grief, changes in behavior, shame, low self-esteem.
We can't control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we respond." Taking that first step to take control back after control has been taken away from you is a tough one. I want to walk along side you and help in that journey. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults as well as first and secondary responders to overcome adversity while creating a safe environment to focus on an individual's strengths in overcoming events that we don't plan for life to throw at us. I am currently able to see clients in the states of: Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee and Oregon.
This could look like: depression, anxiety, grief, changes in behavior, shame, low self-esteem.
We can't control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we respond." Taking that first step to take control back after control has been taken away from you is a tough one. I want to walk along side you and help in that journey. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults as well as first and secondary responders to overcome adversity while creating a safe environment to focus on an individual's strengths in overcoming events that we don't plan for life to throw at us. I am currently able to see clients in the states of: Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee and Oregon.
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Child Family Therapy Collective
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37207
Waitlist for new clients
I work with children and families to target their clinical concerns in the treatment of of selective mutism, anxiety, disruptive behavior and other behavioral concerns in children and adolescents. Parent training is at the core of my work as you are with your child the most, it is vital that you feel skilled to support your child at home outside of the treatment room. We work with teachers, family, and community when appropriate to treatment to take treatment goals out of the therapy room.
I work with children and families to target their clinical concerns in the treatment of of selective mutism, anxiety, disruptive behavior and other behavioral concerns in children and adolescents. Parent training is at the core of my work as you are with your child the most, it is vital that you feel skilled to support your child at home outside of the treatment room. We work with teachers, family, and community when appropriate to treatment to take treatment goals out of the therapy room.
(615) 857-5654 View (615) 857-5654
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Chanella Clark
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, LPC, MHSP, (Temp)
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
Waitlist for new clients
My approach is from cognitive behavioral therapy that assists in identifying, challenging, and replacing negative self talk.
Do you feel sad, anxious, and irritable and don't know why? Do you lack energy and motivation to accomplish even minor tasks at home, work, or school? Are you struggling to put your life back in order? Therapy will allow you to make meaning of our difficult life experiences and open up to new ways of thinking, feeling, and being. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can learn to identify and express your emotions effectively, develop healthy ways of coping with difficult emotions, improve the quality of relationships, and increase self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
My approach is from cognitive behavioral therapy that assists in identifying, challenging, and replacing negative self talk.
Do you feel sad, anxious, and irritable and don't know why? Do you lack energy and motivation to accomplish even minor tasks at home, work, or school? Are you struggling to put your life back in order? Therapy will allow you to make meaning of our difficult life experiences and open up to new ways of thinking, feeling, and being. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can learn to identify and express your emotions effectively, develop healthy ways of coping with difficult emotions, improve the quality of relationships, and increase self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
(629) 276-5463 View (629) 276-5463
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Metro Knoxville Social Therapy Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37201
I also work with alcohol and drug effected individuals and behavior modification as well as PTSD.
I enjoy working with people young and old. I enjoy the one on one as well as family sessions. I love helping people reach their potential, their goals, etc. Be it young or old, youth or elderly. It's also a pleasure to me to get to meet new people and learn who they are.
I also work with alcohol and drug effected individuals and behavior modification as well as PTSD.
I enjoy working with people young and old. I enjoy the one on one as well as family sessions. I love helping people reach their potential, their goals, etc. Be it young or old, youth or elderly. It's also a pleasure to me to get to meet new people and learn who they are.
(865) 276-8024 View (865) 276-8024
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Sharla Mize
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, MHSP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
I offer expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Neuro-Affective Relational therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
People seek me out because they find their current situation intolerable - they are sick and tired of experiencing shame, intense anger, depression and anxiety. Perhaps they want to work on their addiction - the thing they use to numb the painful experiences. Their relationships are suffering as a result of their behaviors, being closed off, or "too much" for others. Many struggle with feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism and a deep sense of futility, which prevents them from taking charge of their lives and confidently pursuing their heart's desire.
I offer expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Neuro-Affective Relational therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
People seek me out because they find their current situation intolerable - they are sick and tired of experiencing shame, intense anger, depression and anxiety. Perhaps they want to work on their addiction - the thing they use to numb the painful experiences. Their relationships are suffering as a result of their behaviors, being closed off, or "too much" for others. Many struggle with feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism and a deep sense of futility, which prevents them from taking charge of their lives and confidently pursuing their heart's desire.
(502) 443-9272 View (502) 443-9272
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Kate Sjostrom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37217
Waitlist for new clients
Please Note: I started a waiting list due to no current availability. Does your child struggle with expressing his or her emotions, experience meltdowns, aggression, and changes in mood? Do you notice difficulties with regulating emotions and/or energy level? Perhaps you are getting phone calls from your child's school due to behavioral difficulties and disruptions. Or maybe you are noticing behavior challenges and power struggles at home. As a parent, it can be difficult and confusing as to how to best get help for your child. You want to see your child thriving with the necessary support and coping skills to make that happen.
Please Note: I started a waiting list due to no current availability. Does your child struggle with expressing his or her emotions, experience meltdowns, aggression, and changes in mood? Do you notice difficulties with regulating emotions and/or energy level? Perhaps you are getting phone calls from your child's school due to behavioral difficulties and disruptions. Or maybe you are noticing behavior challenges and power struggles at home. As a parent, it can be difficult and confusing as to how to best get help for your child. You want to see your child thriving with the necessary support and coping skills to make that happen.
(615) 697-4539 View (615) 697-4539
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Bruce Theobald
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
Clinically I have worked with mood disorders, anxiety, abuse victims, behavioral issues, couples, and families.
I believe that all of us have suffered from feeling that we are not in control of our lives. When that experience persists then our instinct to protect ourselves can push us into patterns of behaviors that range from bad habits to behavior that damages relationships and threatens our physical and mental health. I help people by focusing on their strengths rather than their weaknesses, to build supportive relationships with themselves and others, and to help them see themselves as unique and worthwhile persons. We do this together through a therapeutic relationship.
Clinically I have worked with mood disorders, anxiety, abuse victims, behavioral issues, couples, and families.
I believe that all of us have suffered from feeling that we are not in control of our lives. When that experience persists then our instinct to protect ourselves can push us into patterns of behaviors that range from bad habits to behavior that damages relationships and threatens our physical and mental health. I help people by focusing on their strengths rather than their weaknesses, to build supportive relationships with themselves and others, and to help them see themselves as unique and worthwhile persons. We do this together through a therapeutic relationship.
(615) 745-1247 View (615) 745-1247
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Amira Mohamad
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211
I specialize in working with victims of domestic violence, adolescent behavioral issues, and with the minority/ undeserved communities.
So many of us are suffering alone from common problems of everyday life: loneliness, grief, depression, anxiety, self-contempt, a love obsession, domestic violence, impotence, irritability, relational issues etc. With so much longing and pain that is easily accessible, I am available and wholeheartedly dedicated to helping clients uncover the roots of these everyday problems. My goal is to help clients develop a better sense of who they are while providing a safe space and research based techniques that are tailored to individual needs.
I specialize in working with victims of domestic violence, adolescent behavioral issues, and with the minority/ undeserved communities.
So many of us are suffering alone from common problems of everyday life: loneliness, grief, depression, anxiety, self-contempt, a love obsession, domestic violence, impotence, irritability, relational issues etc. With so much longing and pain that is easily accessible, I am available and wholeheartedly dedicated to helping clients uncover the roots of these everyday problems. My goal is to help clients develop a better sense of who they are while providing a safe space and research based techniques that are tailored to individual needs.
(629) 260-3429 View (629) 260-3429
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Sarah E. Nehdi
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212  (Online Only)
I have been intensively trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) and lead an online RO-DBT group weekly.
Life can be challenging, especially when feelings of pain, confusion, sadness, and anxiety seem to hold us back. If you're experiencing moments of feeling stuck or overwhelmed, know that you're not alone. Sometimes, receiving an external perspective and validation can help you better understand yourself and embrace that person confidently. I offer tools for empowerment, confidence, and peace.
I have been intensively trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) and lead an online RO-DBT group weekly.
Life can be challenging, especially when feelings of pain, confusion, sadness, and anxiety seem to hold us back. If you're experiencing moments of feeling stuck or overwhelmed, know that you're not alone. Sometimes, receiving an external perspective and validation can help you better understand yourself and embrace that person confidently. I offer tools for empowerment, confidence, and peace.
(857) 576-5227 View (857) 576-5227
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Danielle M McDonough
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
If you identify with any of the above questions, give yourself a shout out for finding a specialist who helps kids ages 2 to 8 years with behavioral and emotional concerns.
Have the terrible 2's never stopped or gotten worse after your child turned 2.5 yrs? Do you have a young child with more frequent, long, or intense temper tantrums and behavior problems than is expected for the child’s age? Does your child seem to get a thrill out of purposely annoying others, get in trouble regularly at preschool, or react with defiance and aggression to adult requests and limits? Or, is your child so anxious that you are dreading daycare or school drop offs because your child has to be pried off of you? Is your child struggling to adjust to a transition like parents’ divorce, a new sibling, grief, or trauma?
If you identify with any of the above questions, give yourself a shout out for finding a specialist who helps kids ages 2 to 8 years with behavioral and emotional concerns.
Have the terrible 2's never stopped or gotten worse after your child turned 2.5 yrs? Do you have a young child with more frequent, long, or intense temper tantrums and behavior problems than is expected for the child’s age? Does your child seem to get a thrill out of purposely annoying others, get in trouble regularly at preschool, or react with defiance and aggression to adult requests and limits? Or, is your child so anxious that you are dreading daycare or school drop offs because your child has to be pried off of you? Is your child struggling to adjust to a transition like parents’ divorce, a new sibling, grief, or trauma?
(423) 564-4642 View (423) 564-4642
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Allison Bender
Psychologist, PhD, HSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
I use a variety of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavior therapy and parent coaching models.
I have over 25 years of experience providing psychological assessment and therapeutic services to individuals across the age span. I employ a strengths-based approach to working with my clients. My philosophy is that both assessments and therapy are most effective when they are a collaborative process, allowing clients to build upon their resources to achieve their goals. My treatment focuses on developmental, behavioral, and emotional challenges including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, social deficits/differences, disruptive behavior, and relationship difficulties.
I use a variety of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavior therapy and parent coaching models.
I have over 25 years of experience providing psychological assessment and therapeutic services to individuals across the age span. I employ a strengths-based approach to working with my clients. My philosophy is that both assessments and therapy are most effective when they are a collaborative process, allowing clients to build upon their resources to achieve their goals. My treatment focuses on developmental, behavioral, and emotional challenges including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, social deficits/differences, disruptive behavior, and relationship difficulties.
(615) 763-4064 View (615) 763-4064
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Brian Teal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204  (Online Only)
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Sometimes worry can feel like a never ending battle in one's head. Not feeling like yourself can lead to feeling stuck or lost. My work centers on supporting clients to recognize how the challenges of their lives impact their perspective and view of the world. My goal is to establish honesty and trust as we seek to understand which patterns are creating emotional discomfort. I work with clients on understanding how life stressors can managed and overcome through healing, developing skills, and living consciously.
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Sometimes worry can feel like a never ending battle in one's head. Not feeling like yourself can lead to feeling stuck or lost. My work centers on supporting clients to recognize how the challenges of their lives impact their perspective and view of the world. My goal is to establish honesty and trust as we seek to understand which patterns are creating emotional discomfort. I work with clients on understanding how life stressors can managed and overcome through healing, developing skills, and living consciously.
(901) 329-3771 View (901) 329-3771
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Calvin Sadler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37201
My ideal client is an individual who may be having difficulty with bio-psycho-social-spiritual behavior changes. These difficulties include but are not limited to the following: difficulty coping with a traumatic event, poor anger management, school or social issue behavior problems, boundaries issues, and sibling rivalry. My ideal client will be motivated in finding self-sustaining coping strategies and insight into the reasoning behind the challenges they face.
My ideal client is an individual who may be having difficulty with bio-psycho-social-spiritual behavior changes. These difficulties include but are not limited to the following: difficulty coping with a traumatic event, poor anger management, school or social issue behavior problems, boundaries issues, and sibling rivalry. My ideal client will be motivated in finding self-sustaining coping strategies and insight into the reasoning behind the challenges they face.
(615) 265-6129 View (615) 265-6129
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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.