Talking about promiscuity or risky behaviors

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If you think that your teenager is promiscuous or engaging in risky sexual behaviors, you've got to have that conversation. Try to take a look to see if there are some causes to it. One thing that causes it, is low self-esteem. For example, with girls, their sense of self and how they feel about themselves, depends on the attention that they might get from a boy. That attention leads to sex. Try to talk about the way they feel about themselves and how they can feel better without engaging in the sexual practices. The other thing you need to tell boys and girls is just the dangers of it. It's best to include things off the internet or material that you can use because they will often discount what you have to say. They will say, "Oh, mom doesn't know what she's talking about." If you get some real material, that is going to be helpful.

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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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