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Oppositional/Strong-Willed Child/Teen Counseling


Why does everything have to be so difficult?  Is this their rebellious phase?  Why does a simple task become a project with lots of emotion or attitude? Don't laugh but it's true, studies have shown disobedience in children can be an indicator of future success when harnessed for good.  These are our out of the box thinkers that do not play by the rules.


Whatever the case, help is needed in order to take control of the chaos and restore peace within the family unit.  The defiant child needs tools and assistance to meet their needs, understand their world and express themselves in a way that doesn't drain the people around them.   Opposition at it's best presents like a Strong-Willed Child and at it's worst is Oppositional.  When the child is operating from their strong-willed nature it behoves them to gain a greater understanding of this part of them in order that they can harness it into a thing of beauty.  


Strong-willed children/teens have the traits of business owners, CEO's, world leaders, world class athletes and successful entrepreneurs to name a few.  They are determined, committed, passionate, non-confirming, confident, persistent, resourceful, creative, intelligent and bold.  We've heard them described as having more creative potential and strength of character than the average person.  However, opposite can look like an annoying tendency to be overly passionate, very intense to get their way, test the limits over and over again, quick tempered, argumentative, defiant, deliberately annoying, doesn't take responsibility, easily annoyed, angry and resentful and often spiteful and vindictive.  


Tracy Trautner says it best stating, "with patience, respect and an understanding of where these powerful personalities are coming from now and where they can take youth in the adult years, the tantrums and stubbornness become a little easier to tolerate. In the end, you want to raise a child who is self-disciplined, takes responsibility and is considerate."

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What's the Process

Traveling Light Counseling we will help your child develop a healthy response to life by helping them:​


  • manage flooding

  • increase self awareness of triggers and calming techniques

  • gain a new perspective on life, family and self 

  • create healthy lifestyle choices in order to implement good self care.

  • discover their inner power, in order to use their intense personality traits for good

  • develop skills in order to live a fulfilling life, full of balance and intentionality.

  • learn skills to manage stress, communication challenges, school pressures, peer relationships and conflict

Some children and teens struggle with special circumstances which contribute to their struggle such as:​

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety

  • Life transitions

  • Death 

  • Grief and Loss


  • Emotional Dysregulation

  • Attachment Issues

  • Divorce

  • Stress

  • Sensory Processing

  • HSP traits

We specialize in helping children and adults learn, grow and manage their sensitivity trait and find a greater sense of satisfaction in their lives and relationships.


Contact us today to get started.

Additional Resources for your Journey

Ready to begin the unpacking your child's Opposition?

Let the adventure begin to a lighter and brighter tomorrow with the unpacking of today's struggles in order to receive tomorrow's blessings!  We are honored that you have chosen Traveling Light Counseling to meet the unique needs of your situation!

Call 772-361-8448 x1 or click  to schedule a therapy session with us today to do some valuable work.