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Marvin S. Beitner, Ph.D.
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Marvin S Beitner PhD, Psychologist Lic. PSY1036, Marriage Counselor Lic. M646, Long Beach Office convenient to Lakewood, Los Alamitors, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Cerritors, Cypress, Fountain Valley Office convenient to Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, ZIP 90803 90804 90806 90807 90808 90811 90812 90813 90814 90814 90822 92708 92660 92661 92662 92663 92657 92627 92649 92648CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS' PROBLEMS

Parents ordinarily handle and resolve problems presented by their children using a combination of love, discipline, understanding and common sense. It is frustrating and worrisome when our children fail to respond to these efforts. The most common problems which I see in my practice fall into the following three broad categories.

Category I
The child shows symptoms of emotional distress which may include fearfulness, social withdrawal, depression low self-esteem, anxiety, low frustration tolerance, a lack of self-confidence, poor social skills, school avoidance or poor academic performance. The child may complain that no one likes him or her and may cry or become upset easily. Identifying the cause of these problems and treating them effectively usually includes treatment of the child and parental or conjoint counseling.

Category II

There is excessive conflict, anger, resentment, rebelliousness and poor communication in the parent-child relationship. In this case the normal desire of the child to assert his or her individuality has taken on a distorted and conflict-ridden form.  The job of the psychologist is to determine the causes of the problem and to help the family find an effective solution. 

How does it happen that a loving relationship between parent and child becomes so full of conflict? Part of the answer is  quite obvious. Included in your job as a parent is the responsibility for control, discipline and education of your children.  This means that you may often frustrate the child's desires and impulses which may lead to anger or resentment in the child.  Sometimes these feelings can be handled successfully by the family but there are many complicating factors which may prevent a successful resolution of these problems. The temperaments and personalities of the parents as well as the child, the parents' own upbringing, the child's relationships with brothers and sisters, the quality of the marriage, the impact of divorce and the influence of our changing social environment are some of the complicating factors to be examined.

Category III

The third category of problems involves alcohol or other drug abuse.  In this case the problems discussed above are complicated by the destructive effects of alcohol or drug dependency or addiction. The substance abuse problem must first be addressed in order to then deal with the other problems. This type of problem is sometimes successfully handled on an outpatient basis. Sometimes a brief period of inpatient treatment is required first.

General Treatment Approach for all Categories

In the treatment of children and adolescents, most psychologists will start with a history taken from the parent about the child's development and about the family structure. The child may be seen in a format determined by the age and maturity of the child, including simply talking to the child, using play materials, using psychological testing or seeing the child with other family members. The psychologist will complete an initial evaluation and then report results and recommendations to the parents.

Effective treatment may consist of parent counseling, psychotherapy for the child, sometimes involving play materials, family therapy or a combination of the above, depending on the age of the child and the nature of the problem.

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If you live in Long Beach, Lakewood, Los Alamitos, Cerritos, Cypress, Signal Hill, Rolling Hills or Palos Verdes you have easy access to the Los Angeles County Office at 5199 E. PCH, Long Beach CA 90804 (562) 498-0777. If your live in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Anaheim, Villa Park, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, Costa Mesa or Fountain Valley you have easy access to the Orange County office at 11770 Warner Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708 (714) 966-6634 or (949) 644-4641. 
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