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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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

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

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

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

I help couples and families create a safe approach to managing difficult conversations. Whether you tend to be arguers or avoiders (or some of both) we can create a plan and common language to work through heated topics, avoided hot buttons, and past hurt that has occurred in conflict.

— Maureen Bethea, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fairfax, VA

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

I'm a certified family and systems therapist. Helping families to understand their strengths and ways to shift the patterns which have contributed to conflict is something I really enjoy. I also provide caregiver support and consultations - parenting is equally the most incredible and amazing gift and the hardest job you could find. You deserve support to show up as your preferred parent self and for the days this simply isn't possible.

— Amanda Starfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

When we feel overwhelmed, we often do harmful things whether that be hurting ourselves, doubting our self-worth, or acting out towards those we love. The relationships in our lives suffer, and we feel more and more distant from who we want to be. By exploring the underlying issues, changing our self-talk, and learning new skills, life can start to feel easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

— Devan Briggs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

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

Parents often unknowingly bring their own issues into their children's lives. And at the same time, children come into this world with their own temperament & are impacted by their own experiences that can contribute to family dynamics. I help family members truly see, hear, know & understand one another. I help parents develop healthy empathic relationships with their children, which helps the children feel loved, supported & respected. The result is greater harmony and ease in the family.

— Annette Barnett, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA

Through therapy we will work on increasing communication, identifying styles of relating, learning healthy conflict management, and finding ways to increase healthy boundaries. Family therapy is intricate work as every individual brings their own personality and difficulties when relating to other family members. Together we will work on stopping toxic cycles and increasing cohesiveness and understanding within the home.

— Devan Briggs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

Family conflicts can take many forms. The difficulties can be between parents and a child, siblings, or even involve issues with extended family. Sometimes the difficulties relate to a current event but other times the issues are more chronic and longstanding. My approach to working with families involves combining effective communication and conflict resolution skill development with a blend of family systems therapy and structural family therapy tecniques.

— David Shapiro, Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

As adults it can often be a struggle to understand and make sense of how profoundly our families affect our lives. These relationships often change in ways we may not be prepared to process and can contribute to immense stress. In my professional experience, I have supported many individuals on their journeys to creating meaning from these experiences and managing these relationships effectively in the present.

— Cathy Ranieri, Licensed Professional Counselor in chicago, IL

Throughout life, it's common for our own cultures to diverge from the cultures that were given to us by our families. And often, this process can be accompanied by pain in the relationship. If you are feeling lost about how to happily and peacefully exist in your family system, we can work through it together in therapy.

— Ji Eun Ko, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Many times people who come to therapy are one of the strongest people in the family. Sometimes individuals come in to cope with family conflict but I also am welcoming to invite the family into the session. Family is complicated because in many ways we can love them but they can also cause suffering. I think it is helpful to explore the bigger picture into why families can go through strains or distress.

— Samantha Schumann, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My course of graduate study emphasized family systems. I then put this study to work with families and relationships who were experiencing distress. I have experience in a therapeutic capacity and in the capacity of a crisis worker reuniting families in lockout or runaway situations, meaning either the child has run away from home or the family has refused to allow the child to return. Having had experience in high-stress situations, I am comfortable working with any level of conflict.

— Meg Six, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI