Behavior Problems

Behavior ProblemsDoes your child have a short fuse and lose his or her temper over minor issues?

  • Is it difficult to set boundaries or household rules for your child?
  • Is your child experiencing difficulty at school, struggling socially or exhibiting challenging behaviors?
  • Is your teen experiencing ongoing stress, sadness or mood swings?
  • Does your teen struggle with school or with peers?

Having a child with behavior problems is stressful, frustrating and even embarrassing. Everyday can feel like a constant battle to maintain control. The problems become even more complicated when your child is acting out at school and in public. As a parent, we often try the “intervention guaranteed to work” only to see our child’s behavior remain the same or in some instances worsen. Although some days may be better than others, you may be left wondering if this behavior is a just a phase or something more serious.

Is This A Phase Or Should I Be Concerned?

Children have different temperaments, coping mechanisms and self-regulation skills. Some children are easy going and others experience extreme difficulty adjusting to daily demands. It is not uncommon for children to occasionally experience problematic or defiant behavior. However, when difficult behavior is impairing your child’s ability to function at home, in school or with peers and typical parenting practices are not working, there may be cause for concern. At Innovative Psychological Solutions we can help you to determine if your child is experiencing a typical developmental phase or if we need to look further into the problems and intervene.

Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Reduce Family Stress

The psychologists at Innovative Psychological Solutions will work with you and your child to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Our treatment plans are designed to help your child thrive in the home, school and social settings, as well as to support you and your family. Our experienced child psychologists use cognitive behavioral approaches to help you respond to your child’s most challenging behaviors. Often children with behavioral problems have difficulties with self-regulation (e.g., yelling, tantrums, inappropriate comments) and processing social conflicts. They tend to think “everyone is against them” and that nobody understands what they are experiencing. Due to their disruptive behavior they often miss opportunities to engage with peers, family members, teachers and other service providers in meaningful and productive ways. One of the primary goals at Innovative Psychological Solutions is to improve your child’s self-esteem, positive thinking and their overall ability to cope with difficult situations. This can lead to enhanced school performance, improved behavioral regulation, more effective social skills and a reduction in family stress.

We use treatment approaches that empower you as a parent and provide you with support. We recognize the needs of the entire family, and will thus equip you with education, tools and strategies to reduce stress and undue strain. Your psychologist will also offer you strategies to mitigate behavior problems that can be used on a daily basis. With the help of an experienced and supportive psychologist, you can develop skills to help your child cope with transitions, self-regulate his or her emotions and improve relationships with family and peers.

Although you may feel that your child could benefit from therapy, you still may have questions or concerns about treatment for behavior problems…

Could this just be a phase that my child will grow out of over time?

Children go through many phases during their development. As parents, we help them develop a strong foundation to cope with life challenges and difficulties. The goal of therapy is to help your child expand his or her coping mechanisms. For some children or teens this may mean one or two sessions while others may require more behavioral treatment. Either way, therapy provides the opportunity to build a strong foundation to help children navigate current and future problems and hardships.

How do I know if my child really even needs therapy?

As parents we all want our children to achieve their maximum potential. Our goal at Innovative Psychological Solutions is to ensure we meet the individual needs of each child and tailor testing and interventions accordingly. We would be happy to meet with you and discuss the specific needs of your child so you can make the best decision about how to move forward.

Maybe my child’s behavior will get better with time…

All children are different, and defiance is often part of normal development. While it’s possible that your child’s behavior might improve with time, if his or her behavior is affecting school performance and causing disharmony in your home, we can help you determine if your child is experiencing a typical developmental phase or if we need to look further into the problems and intervene. If we determine that a problem does exist, we can provide you with insight, guidance and strategies to help mitigate and overcome your child’s behavior problems.

We invite you to call 703-273-2198 to request more information about childhood treatment for behavioral problems and our practice or to schedule a free consultation appointment.