Talking about sex

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Talking to your teen about sex can be one of the most difficult things to do because it is not something that you want to picture or imagine that they are going to have sex; but it's one of the most important conversations to have with your child, for a couple of reasons. The first one is to make sure that they are not doing anything dangerous, and the second thing is to overcome the shame. The first thing you need to do to communicate is to get calm and comfortable with the whole topic. Go through and talk about the nuts and bolts of the aspect, but go ahead and talk about the emotional aspect. Knowing when they are ready and things of that nature. You got to make sure that you are ready to have this conversation and be entertaining some difficult questions. They may ask you what certain terms are and what they should do. Be prepared for that as well.

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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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