Reasoning with teens

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Reasoning with teens

Teenagers, I think, you really do need to start to tell them a little bit of why you are doing it. Little kids, you can do a little bit less, but as they get older and understand the consequences of their behavior; you actually want to tell them why you are deciding what you are deciding. It will help them learn how to anticipate consequences. Sometimes you will say, "I need you to come home at midnight because I want to be able to go to sleep." Sometimes it's not because they are doing something wrong, it is just for your convenience. Empathizing with your teen really helps out. Teenager will scream and yell and try to convince you of their plight and try to convince you that they are right.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over ten years. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, and also has administrative, teaching, supervision, consulting, research and psychological testing experience. Dr. Fulton provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy and actively works with a variety of childhood disorders, including: adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Among his most frequent areas of concentration is divorce, for which Dr. Fulton offers therapy for all involved.

Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton's approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. In his work with children, Dr. Fulton involves parents and assists them in developing appropriate responses to their children, since he believes that ultimately the parent will make the most significant impact on the child. Dr. Fulton helps parents establish appropriate boundaries, communication and methods of discipline in order to increase positive relationships with their children.

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