Family Conflict

Experiencing occasional conflict is very common, even in the closest of families. Sources of everyday conflict are typically things like miscommunication or misunderstandings. Serious, long-term conflicts can arise from things like substance abuse, financial problems, marital problems, a birth, a job change, or a big move. Whether the source of a families discord is major or minor, ongoing conflict can cause a lot of stress. Allowing conflict to linger and fester can cause lasting damage to familial relationships. If you and your family are experiencing ongoing conflicts, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s family conflict experts today.

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Resolving conflict with loved ones can be hard. Within relationships, whether intrafamilial or extrafamilial, people generally want to be heard, validated, and feel like their needs are being met. I work with clients to not only assist in exploring the conflict but also challenge them to recognize their role in the conflict, whether as the injured party or the conflict initiator. We also explore whether resolution is possible and establish a plan to get there.

— Tracie Carter, Clinical Social Worker

I am fascinated by families and I always have been. It was the first therapy that I started practicing as a clinician. Families are incredibly complex. The tendency of a family system is to maintain homeostasis, in other words, resist change. The trouble with this is that the systems surrounding the family are always changing, as are the individuals in the family. I can help your family adapt to changing roles, rules and challenges.

— Paige L. Freeman, Ph.D., PLLC, Psychologist in Houston, TX

When addressing family conflict I like to look at it as a complex and multidimensional problem. I concentrate on identifying the different risks factors that cause conflict and disruption in the family system then focus on decreasing those risk factors and on increasing protective factors that directly affect the entire system. A lot of family conflict includes needing to address communication patterns, improve problem solving skills and increasing the level of respect in the entire system.

— Jaleesa Black, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

A family session looks a lot different than individual therapy. I invite each member to each session and treat the family as a whole. I provide a safe space for members to share who they are and what they are feeling in order to move towards a connected, communicating family.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Our work in Family Law has equipped us with expertise in working with interpersonal violence and other family conflict. We are here to help you manage the significant challenges in a relationship with IPV and assist you on issues of safety and restructuring your boundaries as you move through the process. This includes working with parents and children in improving their relationships and with parents on strengthening their abilities to co-parent.

— Paula E. Bruce, Ph.D. & Associates, A Psychological Corporation, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - trained in systems and family relationships.

— Mary Jarnagin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lexington, KY

When couples or families seem to have the same arguments and with little resolution, relationships get strained and a feeling of disconnection can become the norm. I help partners or family members get underneath these frustrating dynamics, learn skills, and make new choices in communications which can bridge disagreements and rebuild connection. I teach families how disagreements can actually bring you closer together.

— Robin K. Schnitzler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Middleton, WI

Family conflict affect every aspect of your life even if you try to ignore it. If you are experiencing some sort of family conflict you are stuck in a cycle that is confusing and difficult for you to see. Make an appointment so we can unravel it.

— Jocelyn Morris-Bryant, MA, LMFT, LPCC, MPA, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Family conflict can take many different forms. Possibly it looks like disconnection between you and your children. Or you may be fighting with your partner while wishing for more stability. As a Marriage AND Family Therapist I have been trained in working alongside these types of family dynamics, targeting and strengthening the bonds between each family member. I believe in the importance of working with everyone involved and look forward to working with your unique family.

— Kristen Skowronski, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in The Woodlands, TX

I enjoy working with adult children and their parents to help open the lines of communication and change old relationship patterns. I think adulthood is a great time to work on re-working relationships with parents and siblings so you can have healthier connections going forward.

— Sheila Addison, Counselor in Oakland, CA

With a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, I have specialized training in assessing and providing insight into patterns and cycles that can keep relationships stuck

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

Family conflict is one of the most unique areas of therapeutic work. By taking a relational look at family conflict, I help families learn what one another is really feeling and meaning in their words and actions. By giving each member a voice, I help heal the family structure and unit.

— Lindsey King, Counselor in Bensalem, PA

Relationships are complex and the way we interact with those closest to us can be impacted by stress, grief, substance use, judgement, distance and unique events. I help individuals identify their needs/wants, tune into their inner-voice, decide what boundaries are healthy to put in place, and understand the role that they play in conflicted interactions.

— Meredith Waller, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

The family unit may experience significant stress because of work, school, or the personality differences of various family members. In addition, as children grow and enter new phases in their lives, parents and children may need help in a safe environment to explore ways of coping with these changes. Our clinicians work with families and/or with a parent and a child to help them learn how to navigate transitions, communicate effectively, and develop an empathic, secure connection.

— Washington Psychological Wellness, Mental Health Practitioner in Gaithersburg, MD

My approach to treating families and couples is unique simply because each family and relationship is unique. From couples who are seeking a tune up or in crisis while dating, engaged, married and/or blended to those with one or multiple children, I apply a new systems theory & mode of therapy, The Gottman Method with my patients which has profound and powerful implications.

— Christina Eller, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY