A lot of children struggle with behavioral issues at some point in their lives. It’s not always a sign of bad parenting. Sometimes a child may have ADHD or autism, or be struggling because of a bad environment at school. Sometimes they are acting out frustrations for another reason, and they just need a helping hand from someone who is an expert in working with children to help them to show their emotions and control their behavior in a productive way.
Behavioral therapists help children to understand what they are feeling and what is going on in their lives. They assist them to cope with the difficulties that they are having, and to understand how to release their frustration and communicate their issues in a positive way.
Some children respond well to punishment; others need to be reasoned with in other ways. Some can be treated like miniature adults; others need help to find an outlet for their emotions. You cannot use one-size fits all approach with children, and a good therapist understands that.
The challenge is finding one that is qualified. Some therapists, especially ones that are attached to schools or religious organizations, favor specific methods and aren’t very flexible. This can backfire if the way that the therapist prefers is not something that your child will respond to. Therapists that are qualified through proper medical or psychiatric courses will understand how to relate to children and identify their needs, how to spot signs of abuse (And therefore potentially save a child if their behavioral issues are caused by abuse at school or from a family friend). They also understand how to put together a useful program that the child will respond to, so they get back on track at school and in the home.