Defiant children and teens are hidden gems. They reflect energy even though it comes out has hostility and disrespect. The negative behaviors actually reflect the underlying issues in the family and once addressed, the defiance and hostility are replaced by openness and love.
Family therapy is the treatment of choice and brings everyone involved in the same room to talk and listen to what is really going on. This approach allows family members to express their true feelings and fears in a safe environment and gives them the opportunity to heal and deal with their hurt and pain so that the underlying love and affection can reassert itself.
Parenting suggestions and support are an important part of this treatment and involving the children and teens are critical as are having both parents "on the same page."