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

The family that grows together, grows together.

— Ari Hoffman, Counselor in Denver, CO

My training and experience are rooted in relational conflict resolution. I am comfortable with the whole family in the room, or with individuals needing support through asserting different boundaries with family. The theoretical perspectives that influence my work most are Structural Family Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy.

— Margaret  Certain, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

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

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

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

I have worked with families that have high conflict. I have worked with the children of divorce and the parents with co-parenting.

— Angeline Baucom, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Carlsbad, CA

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

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

By using systems thinking, I consider every person's perspective in session and seek the chance to find common ground between you and those you love. Specific interests: mothering, fathering, parenting, blended families, co-parenting during and after conflict, fictive kinship/presumed family, family building (child free, birth, infertility, surrogacy, adoption), and family stressors around coming out/disclosing

— Laura McMaster, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA

Working with families to help you repair your relationships with the people you care about the most. Bringing families together to share and work through their issues in an accepting and non-judgmental environment. We will work together so families can achieve more intimacy, learn better communication skills, set health boundaries and resolve underlying issues.

— Iris Haugen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

We are trained to consider presenting issues from a contextual family systems lens and are always considering complex intergenerational trauma and other family dynamics in our work with all clients- whether you come to therapy with your family or as an individual.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

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

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

In my practice with families and couples, I utilize aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to support development of communication and emotion regulation skills. I also incorporate advanced training I received through the Ackerman Family Institute that draws from a number of Family Treatment Models, including a relational model that looks at relationships outside of the family (old and new, with people and systems) that impact family dynamics.

— Nicole Goudreau-Green, Counselor in Pleasantville, NY

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