Behavioural Difficulties

Are you finding your child or teen increasingly oppositional and defiant? Do they seem to be pushing the boundaries more and more everyday? Behavioural difficulties in children are common but the underlying causes of these behaviours are often not given enough attention. Behind difficult behaviours are often emotional difficulties. Our team can help your child to make sense of the current difficulties they’re experiencing and develop a plan to get things back on track.

Back on track

All children can be argumentative, defiant and impulsive from time to time. This is perfectly normal. However, some children or teens have extremely challenging behaviours that are difficult to understand and resolve and can lead to emotional problems, self-destructive coping mechanisms and family difficulties.

If these behavioural difficulties are not addressed, they can have short and long term negative effects on an individual’s personal life, including getting in trouble for arguing with authority figures or having difficulties maintaining healthy friendships.

Thus, the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome is likely to be. At the Kids Clinic, we offer various treatment and support options to help you and your child.

We can help with…

  • Teaching parents how to communicate with and manage their children’s emotions 
  • Helping your child  control their own thoughts and behaviour
  • Developing your child’s social skills –  learn how to play cooperatively with peers, for example
  • Helping your child recognise the signs of their growing frustration and explore a range of coping skills designed to defuse their aggressive behaviour

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What to expect

Making your first appointment

Once you’ve decided to try therapy, call our kind and caring admin team on (02) 9139 0126 to discuss what you are having difficulty with and book your first appointment.

Attending the initial consultation

In the initial consultation, your therapist is looking to build a picture of how you’ve come to where you are today and what you are looking to get out of therapy. Your therapist will do their best to address any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Creating a treatment plan together

Over the first three sessions, your therapist will work collaboratively with you to establish goals for therapy. They are designed to be specific, realistic, and tailored to your needs.

Undergoing therapy

As your therapy goes on, you will continue the process of building a trusting relationship with your therapist. You will work with them to find alternative ways of thinking and behaving, build resilience and learn new skills that will help to see yourself and the world differently, and promote helpful actions in life.

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Not sure where to start or have a question?

There can be lots of questions that come up when you’re trying to make a decision about whether to see a psychologist. If you have a question that we haven’t answered in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.