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10 Tips for Parents of Out-of-control Teens

Consult a Therapist
A family counseling session
A family counseling session
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A therapist or psychologist can play an important role in getting your teen and your family back on track. Regular therapy gives your child a space to work out his or her issues with an objective third party, and therapists can teach your teen how to recognize and change destructive behaviors and how to find better ways to solve problems. Parents may also benefit from having someone to talk to about their problems, and it's possible that family therapy, in which the teen and the parent see a counselor together, may be beneficial. When choosing a therapist, parents need to do some homework. Research the counselor's background to ensure that he or she is familiar with the kind of issues you face as a family, and you may want to interview the professional before commencing therapy. And trust your gut -- if a therapist doesn't seem like a particularly good fit for your family, try another one.