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.

Meet the specialists

Having much experience working with families with diverse backgrounds has allowed me to connect and support them in many ways. It's important that families, especially ones with young children, to feel Acknowledged, Validated, and Supported in difficult times when parenting. Both children and caretakers need to have the tools and support (therapist, family, community, resources) to be on the right path and nurture their children. It does take more than one person to help Raise that child :)

— Hala Pietrangelo, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton Twp, MI

I facilitate you, your partner, and/or other family members in identifying and communicating your needs and wants to each other. Conducive to this process is the ability to experience a reasonable degree of conflict in your relationships and the willingness to believe that your relationships can improve. Transitions in families can be difficult. There are specific stages at which couples and families can anticipate major life transitions: marriage, the birth of a child, entering school, graduation (from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, from high school to college), military or something else, and transition into adulthood. These life transitions can make couples and families vulnerable to high levels of stress, which can be taxing on relationships. Blending Families: The transition into a blended family is rarely a smooth process. Some children may resist changes and parents can become frustrated when the new family doesn't function like their previous family. While changes to family structure require adjustment time for everyone involved, sometimes four to seven years, blended families can work out their growing pains and live together successfully.

— Kathy Hardie-Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tigard, OR

I am an expert in healing family relations. I have a lineage trauma based view and understand family dynamics.

— Jack Blackwell, Therapist in Boulder, CO

My Masters Degree is in Counseling with a special focus on Marriage, Couple, and Family. I’ve worked with families for over 5 years and take special pride in the work I do to help not only the client but their whole system of care.

— Leslie Gleason, Counselor in Blue Springs, MO

I have worked in Systems Theory for years and truly believe that families all play a role in the conflict they face. I help family members organize the conflict they are experiencing and provide new meaning for why it's occurring. Often times, parents are struggling in their marriage or at work, with finances, whatever it may be and this tension is felt by the children. I help families develop new ways of targeting these underlying issues rather than avoidance.

— Heidi Schnakenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

I often see conflicts within immigrant families. I have seen clients who are the 1st generation complaining their kids becoming too Americanized and also seen clients who are the 2nd generation blaming their parents for putting unrealistic expectations on them. There is no universal way to "fix" it. I hope therapy can help navigate them to the healthier path.

— Junko Yamauchi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Family Conflict focuses on Marriage, Pre-Marital, & General Relationship Counseling. Nearly every marriage begins with good intentions. But life has a way of butting itself into even the best love stories, and rather than working to re-balance the relationship after it has veered off course, many couples simply suffer in silence until conditions become intolerable. I help couples reclaim their common ground and reopen the channels of communication in a constructive, compassionate way.

— Dr Stem Sithembile Mahlatini, Counselor in Altamonte Springs, FL

Growing up, I had much experience with family conflict. I also have much experience working with parents and children and helping them develop more positive relationships. I mediate and make sure that both sides get heard.

— Amy Huang, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carson, CA

Let's face it: families are hard! Being part of a family myself, I can tell you that it's no walk in the park. Naturally, families move through periods of tension and heightened stress. It would be a privilege to work with you and your family in moving through tough times. It is my goal to use family conflict to create lasting changes and stronger, healthier, and more satisfying familial relationships. I am experienced in working with families of all sizes, as well as blended families.

— Derek Whitney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

I half-jokingly say that when someone is able to successfully love and navigate their familial relationships, then that person is able to deal with ANY relationship. Family relationships are tough! There seems to be so much at risk because we care the most about what our family members think about us (especially our parents in many cases). I can play a more mediator role to help make sure communication is actually happening and create a healthier family experience.

— Timothy Yen, Clinical Psychologist in Dublin, CA

I have significant clinical experience in assessing and treating family conflict, specifically through providing individual therapy to adults and adolescents using cognitive behavioral techniques, direct use of pragmatic (structural and strategic) family therapies, behavioral therapy targeting school/ work behavior and performance, motivational interviewing, marital therapy using behaviorally-based approaches, solution-focused therapy, anger management, and behavioral therapy.

— Daniel Floyd, Therapist in Broadway, VA

It is getting harder and harder for families these days. The world seems to be spinning everyone apart. The solid foundation is crumbling away. In my Family Therapy sessions, I work closely with parents to create structure, routines, traditions, and rituals that support a healthy family culture and identity. Goals focus on creating positive, connecting experiences for families. So often, families do not know how to take the time to prioritize activities and events that build family cohesion. I give parents and families tools to improve communication, resolve conflicts, solve problems and build trust. Families learn to strengthen attachments and bonding so that children feel secure and confident as they venture out into the world and launch into healthy adult lives.

— S. Abigail McCarrel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arcadia, CA

I approach therapy with a family systems lens because I believe that family is at the heart of immigrant populations. It's hard enough finding your place in the world, but when your dreams and life ideology clash with your family, it might feel impossible to differentiate yourself without disrupting your family system. My goal is to help you navigate family conflicts through individual and family sessions so that you can communicate more effectively and openly with your family.

— Sharon Kwon, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA

A family does not mean that everyone is biologically related, but rather it focuses on improving the relationships of a group of people who would like to function as a cohesive unit. This type of therapy includes treatment for blended families (parents, stepparents, stepchildren), roommates or a group of friends who may be experiencing conflict, and/or business partners/coworkers.

— Miya Moore-Felton, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Antioch, CA

Knowing that our early life experiences in our family of origin provide a framework for how we operate in relationships, Elizabeth is focused on helping clients process and heal from emotional wounds and then identify and break free from long standing patterns that maintain couple distress, and help couples find new ways to connect that promote intimacy and wholeness. The goal of EFT couples therapy is to create a more secure emotional bond that leads to more satisfaction, intimacy and trust.

— Elizabeth Pankey-Warren, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, FL

As a trained Family Systems therapist, I focus on understand how the WHOLE family functions and to help you find new healthy ways to operate and interact in order to reduce BLOW UPs and create a sense of peace and calm in your family.

— Danna Markson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in LIVINGSTON, NJ

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

I have experience delivering Functional Family Therapy (FFT) to under-served families in Miami Beach. I am FFT-certified and have also participated in a training for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for LGBTQ youth and their families

— Amanda Baquero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

If you’re struggling with controlling your anger, anxiety or depression, my therapeutic solutions are the pathway for change that will strengthen your relationships. Everything we do in life is enhanced by our ability to successfully bond with family members. All family structures, including blended families and extended family members, will benefit from this program.

— Dr. Carolyn Becker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Worth, TX

It's called Family Therapy—but we know that family can include any human you feel connected to. As Family Therapists we are trained to navigate the various relationships represented in the room and to assist each person in finding their voice. Family Therapy is a unique experience, and requires skilled professionals Issues that can be addressed from a Family Therapy perspective include: -Grief/Loss -Illness -Remarriage -Blended families -Life transitions -Resolving past hurts -Accepting a family member’s sexuality -Supporting a family member struggling with sexual identity Our skilled therapists can support you in coming together to find the best ways for your family to relate to each other. Our relaxed atmosphere creates a comfortable place to grow together.

— Refresh Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA

There are no perfect families, many of us have experienced conflicts within our family of origin or current families. Unresolved conflicts of past or present can have an overpowering effect on the quality of our existence. It is valuable to make the effort to resolve such issues in order to live a more authentic life and to learn as much as we can about our selves.

— Shay Phillips, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cypress, TX

Back to the basics- the family. We were all raised in one. There are many different family configurations and even more styles of parenting. Come explore the family you grew up in and see how that is influencing the way you are parenting. Would you like to make some changes and need guidance as to how to implement them? Do you need teaching on what to expect for different ages, personalities and situations? Perhaps you thought you had it all under control until that phone call came from the school, or the police, or your daughter just shared that she's pregnant. Maybe you're not even a parent yet and are thinking there's no way you want to have children if "those" people would be the grandparents. Or what if your partner's family hates you or you can't stand them? Is there hope? What if your children are fighting so much you think one might be seriously injured before they'd quit? All of these situations and many more have been worked on in therapy with me, or experience by me. There is hope.

— Michelle Broweleit, Counselor in Ellensburg, WA

Are you currently in conflict with a family member? Do you notice patterns in your family of origin or choice? Do you wish you could share how you feel with a loved one? Is there a past or present hurt in your family that is unspoken or unprocessed? Let’s talk through what this all means to you, and how you can navigate it gently and with compassion.

— Matt Poon, Psychologist in New York, NY

I love working with the whole system. We are all connected no matter who we might with not to be. I believe in strong and compassionate boundaries, educating about stages along the process and giving all members practical tools to use when the going gets rough and above all else celebrating what is working!

— Rami Vissell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA

The stresses of life can leave our relationships neglected and filled with unnecessary conflict. Growing up, we learn to sacrifice and even lie in order to get out needs met by our caregivers. Those patterns that helped you survive are causing problems. Avoidance and manipulating now block you from experiencing intimacy. I work with couples experiencing conflict using a step by step process using inner process work and communication skills that takes about six months.

— Triva A. Ponder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I have over 4 years of experience working with families who have gone through divorce, other cultural transitions (immigration, gender, age needs), loss, experience of abuse, presence of severe mental health needs, as well environmental stress.

— Clara Robles-Guerrero, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have facilitated scores of one or two session family meetings over the last 35 years. I love working with families and I’m very comfortable including several members in the sessions. I’ve seen up to 7 or 8 family members at one time. I can help each family member identify and clearly and directly communicate what they need for meaningful and effective interactions. Family members often discover in our sessions that early abandonment fears and experiences color their relationships. These messages have been passed down to second and third generations. By recognizing the language of rejection and identifying the cultural patterns that may be connected to rejecting behaviors, we can tame the cycle of negative messages that reverberates through the generations.

— Elayne Savage, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA