Difficult Children

Violence, acting out, disruptive behavior, depression, isolation, emotional outbursts, grief & loss, disobedient behavior toward authority figures

Difficult children or adolescents can unsettle the most experienced parents or teachers. Children functioning under the influence of negative emotions are often provocative, stubborn, insolent, aggressive and impulsive.


In order to help these children/adolescents break negative patterns, we must examine their temperament to determine the root cause of their difficulties. Doing so will help to avoid triggering inappropriate or destructive behavior when facing conflict.


A more comprehensive understanding of these children is helpful in providing support for parents, schools and health professionals by offering insightful solutions for change.


Having a deeper understanding of what motivates these children to “act out” helps us determine whether a therapeutic and/or drug treatment is the best course of action.


It is important not to minimize the adverse health impact of these behavioral problems. Recent studies have shown that children under the dominant influence of negative emotions are more likely to develop mental health problems in later life. In our attempts to improve aberrant behavior, we must take care not to identify the children with their inappropriate behavior.


Regardless of the cause, making the most of the enormous creative potential these children hold is an excellent starting point to help them adjust and improve their negative behavior.

WHAT CAN CAP DO for Difficult Children?

CAP offer services to facilitate change in children and adolescents who are struggling with behavioral challenges, developmental milestones and psychological instability.


During childhood and adolescence many youths have a difficult time understanding their feelings and being able to verbally communicate their emotions. The frustration felt can often turn into anger, high-risk behavior, shyness or lack of confidence.


Listening to music and expressing their feeling through drawing is a safe and a meaningful way for children to connect with their inner essence and creativity.  Often this process helps them to discover their gifts and talents for coping with the challenges of life creatively.


CAP is a way to help our youths to experience a better life and to free themselves from burdensome emotional baggage.


The CAP method also offers a way for parents to discover unknown attributes of their child. The comprehensive CAP assessment provides parents with valuable information that enables them to grow into a more conscious parent.


Therefore, CAP enables children and teens to:

  • better manage their emotions
  • identify the origin of the unconscious emotions or events that trigger undesirable behavior
  • experience improved relationships with parents, siblings, teachers and peers
  • enrich their creativity
  • better accept and cope with life’s challenges
CAP provides parents with a new perspective on their child and his/her behavior enabling them to adopt a communication method that is better adapted to their child or teenager. See how Alex, age 6, resolved his tears and fears in school.

Jacque - Life Oasis Director

TEDDY 6 years old

See how Teddy resolved his outbursts of anger and crying episodes.

Teddy's parents divorced two years ago, and his custody was entrusted to his mother. The child missed his father’s presence and was not able to spend as much time with him as he desired.


After the divorce, Teddy was often angry, cried a lot, had trouble relating with others and, whenever he needed to face a new situation, would always say: "You’re asking too much of me, it's too hard."


His mother decided to enroll Teddy in the CAP program because she felt that her little boy was unhappy and the negative emotions he was experiencing was holding him back. She was also concerned about Teddy’s lack of concentration and his teachers’ concerns about the challenges he was having in learning how to write.


By participating in the CAP program, Teddy’s true potential was revealed.  The child’s drawings helped his parents understand him better by bringing his vibrancy and creativity to light. The CAP process also motivated Teddy’s father to be more present and take a more responsible role in his son’s life.


Shared custody has helped Teddy better cope with life challenges. Today, he is a very intelligent, sensitive little boy who is open to new ideas and experiences. He communicates well, plays with others, makes friends easily and gets good grades at school. He is proud to help his little brother with his schoolwork!

TEDx Limoges France

Keynote Presentation

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Reference Drawing #12 without music

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Our process makes it safe to go back and get into your backlog, or whatever emotions you've been repressing.

This is a gentle and unintrusive method to provide you with an ongoing process to release emotional blocks,

unproductive behaviors, and cultivate a deeper inner awareness of your patterns.




Chantal Desmoulins

11150 W Olympic Blvd Ste# 915

90064 Los Angeles • USA

When therapists choose to use the CAP methodology that combines drawing under musical induction, writing and verbalization, they provide their clients with a very efficient tool to become active participants in their own treatment and thus facilitate self-discovery, change, and restoration.

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Disclaimer: This program is not a replacement for psychological counseling nor medical diagnosis or treatment. It is intended for self exploration, and is not suited as a therapeutic intervention for mental health issues. Artistic abilities are not required, only a willingness to express yourself through the medium of drawing, while listening to music.