Helping Child Behaviour Problems With Complementary Therapy

Helping child behaviour problems with complementary therapy

Anti-social behaviour, violent crime and knife crime among teenagers has hit the headlines over the last few months. Knife crime has doubled in the last two years and as more teenage lives are claimed by knife attacks the UK government is looking for ways to combat this growing problem. While many people feel tougher laws will tackle the issue, others believe the answers are to be found in parenting problems and child behaviour.

Complementary therapy is at the forefront of understanding and treating child behaviour problems using positive parenting. Complementary therapies such as counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and nutrition link the balance of parental child development, emotional literacy, healthy diet and positive attitude to a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. With statistics highlighting an urgent need in these areas, complementary therapy can help the parent and child to learn better life skills.

Complementary therapy helping child behaviour problems

To understand what complementary therapy can do for a child’s behaviour it’s first important to highlight what problems the nation’s children are facing. Statistics currently show that half of teenagers feel they can’t talk to their parents. GPs are prescribing antidepressants to over 40,000 children a year as they wait for psychological therapy. Every 22 minutes on average a teenager attempts to take their own life. In the UK, young people are more violent, take more drugs and binge drink more than teenagers in other European countries. Anti-social behaviour is costing the country nearly £4 billion per year.

These worrying statistics could be improved by complementary therapies that address the need for positive parenting through self-evaluation and coaching. Complementary therapy from counselling and psychotherapy can teach practical parenting skills while addressing any emotional and communication problems that are affecting the relationship. Complementary therapy from hypnosis can help unlock any deep rooted issues a parent may have that could have been passed down by their own parents – such issues may be proving harmful in raising their own child. Nutritional therapy can address the poor dietary concerns that have been linked to poor performance in school and erratic behaviour.

Improving child behaviour problems with complementary therapy

Complementary therapies can help parents to teach by example so their children develop core values and behaviours for better social and emotional skills. Intervention by a parent has proved to be the most cost effective and powerful way to combat behavioural problems in children. Complementary therapies are readily available for parent and child and can become the centre piece for positive development.

Complementary therapy allows a child to communicate negative feelings rather than acting them out through anti-social behaviour or violence. A successful parenting program can influence the way a child develops confidence, interacts with others and reaches their own potential. Complementary therapy can help parents to take responsibility of the way they raise their children by changing any negative emotions, beliefs or behaviours that are affecting parental child development.

Working with a complementary therapist to help with parenting should not be seen as a sign of failure. In fact, identifying that a problem may develop or has developed is a successful step in preventing or overcoming it. The quick-fix solution is not always the best and complementary therapy views positive parenting as a long-term effort that focuses on what is important in life.


Article Submitted By
Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

Date Published
06/06/08

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