Parent and child work together to improve problem behavior. Supportive parenting groups teach skills.

Many parents bring children with defiance, ADHD, or anger management issues to therapy to decrease problem behavior. We work from a family oriented perspective and offer group classes, family sessions, and individual counseling to teach both children and parents new skills for relating, while also seeking to understand the underlying emotional causes.
In private therapy sessions, parent and child work together.

We use an array of creative therapy strategies to help you manage the disruptive or oppositional behavior of children from 3 - 13 years old. Our licensed therapists assess and treat the emotional causes and motivation for your child's unwanted behavior, as well as attending to the immediate needs of improving daily life in your home by modifying family patterns that support the status quo.

More about oppositional behavior. Most young children have some difficulty listening and minding. In some cases, however, a child's defiance, inability to follow directions, and aggression towards other children can interfere with peer relationships, school success, and cause major stress in families. About 50% of preschoolers with behavior problems are likely to be diagnosed with a disruptive behavior disorder or ADHD when they reach school age. Fortunately, these problems can be effectively treated—especially if they are addressed early. The inclusion of behavioral therapy with the creative arts techniques is designed to improve the parent-child relationship, parenting strategies, and to teach the child how to control his own behavior.

Learn more about the innovative, research-based, behavioral approach that we borrow from at

*In current research studies PCIT has been proven effective for children with: Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and disruptive behavior associated with ADHD. If your child has not been evaluated, but you suspect he or she may meet some, but not all of the criteria for a disruptive behavior disorder, PCIT may still be an effective intervention.

**Therapy is provided based on the methodology of PCIT research. New York Creative Arts Therapists is not a certified PCIT therapy facility. To locate a certified practitioner visit the national website of or contact the Child Mind Institute, located in Manhattan.


"A parent's ability to manage their own reactions to their child's behavior sets the stage for how the behavior will resolve itself. If you feel like you struggle with your reactions as a parent, or if you have simply run out of ideas, we can help you reconnect with yourself and your child to take back control of your family's interactions."

Nadia Jenefsky, LCAT
Director of Child and Family Services