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

I have worked with families through delinquency, anger, alienation, trauma, mental health issues, poor parenting, grief and loss, disabilities, immaturity, Chemical dependency, legal and financial struggles. I have helped families in their homes, through crisis situations, in jail, and currently out of my office. I am very solution-focused and family systems orientated.

— Lynette Imdieke-Struzyk, Mental Health Counselor in Watkins, MN, MN

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 Santa Clara, CA

Individuals and systems are in constant interaction and interdependent. You cannot have one without the other. Your identity is formulated within and in response to your system, whatever that may be, and your system is impacted by your identity. Family therapy is informed by a number of practices and methods to aid communication, acceptance, and understanding of human development, grace, and connection. The specifics beyond this methodology are informed only by YOU.

— The Wellness Counseling Center, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harrisonville, MO

I have worked under the umbrella of “family conflict” for well over a decade. My years of experience in the child welfare field taught me priceless lessons about the struggles foster parents and adoptive families face when caring for highly vulnerable youth. In my work with victims of partner abuse, I dealt with the traumatic effects of divorce/separation, co-parenting, relationship/marital issues, infidelity, family of origin conflict and adolescent/teen violence problems on a daily basis.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

One of my specialty areas is working with adult children of narcissistic/abusive parents, which can often be a painful and long-term process that I can personally relate to. I have training in the use of radical acceptance, self-compassion, and psychoanalytic/attachment theory in helping individuals with narcissistic or abusive family members get "unstuck" from unhelpful patterns of thinking, emotions, and behaviors and work on owning their own lives and becoming the person they want to be, rather than the person someone else wants them to be.

— Jason Wu, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

My clients often find themselves in a pattern of feeling guilty for not being enough sometimes and being too much at others. They struggle communicate in a way that is clear, with having the same arguments with their parents, siblings, and significant others. I help my clients in learn to relate to others in a way that shows respect and dignity to themselves and their loved ones. My clients learn how to really hear what others are saying and communicate in a clear, concise, compassionate way.

— Cynthia Goeller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

Every family has it's struggles. My family systems orientation allows me to objectively see patterns and processes and work with my family clients to communicate and function well.

— Bethany Schaefer, LPC Intern Supervised by Leah McDill, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Round Rock, TX

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

I completed my MS in MFT and have been practicing with families since 2014.

— Christine Mazurkiewicz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Annville, PA

For the duration of my career I have worked with families on how to recover from difficult situations, trauma, divorce, and other stressors they may encounter.

— Jenn Abrams, Licensed Professional Counselor in Newport News, VA

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

Families can be a wonderful source of support for their members, however, when a family is in conflict, that conflict can touch every part of a person's life. Whether you're coming in on your own or with your entire family, my systemic beliefs and approach can create opportunities to examine the boundaries between and among family members, learn how to express yourselves in ways that your family members can hear you, and be given some concrete strategies to solve various problems.

— Leah Abrusci, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Forest Hills, NY

With adolescent families, I have a unique ability in connecting w/ your adolescent’s experience. Through our connection, I can support your teen in understanding their discomfort. Then we create space for open & honest communication, supporting each person in feeling seen & understood. As the family relationships feel more secure, we will co-create the way your family will tackle challenges feeling united, rather than adversaries.

— Melissa Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fairfax, VA

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

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

The same fights, the same hurts, the same resentments. You don't have to just count the days until the kids are grown so you can leave. Together we can untangle the knot once and for all.

— Stefanie Rosen, Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

I have worked with many individuals going through issues involving family conflict, with my goal being to help the individual understand the conflict more clearly, explore goals related to the conflict and to find peace in whatever way that might look.

— Jenny Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Coral Gables, FL

We all have a family of origin and the ones we create and choose. Whether you're struggling with your sister, having difficulty with dad, or finding that getting married and mixing two families is more than you bargained for, I've got you covered. Maybe you're a parent and can't stand the way your kids treat one another. I still got you. Along with my Marriage and Family Therapy education and training, I also hold a Masters in Psychology focusing on Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

— Kristina Dingus, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Plano, TX

Family conflict can come in many different forms: challenging communication, difficulty with connection, separation, divorce, blending, remarriage or even managing the family when someone is struggling with a substance use disorder. I can provide support to children, teens and young people individually and the whole family as a unit. Together, we can work on repairing relationships, healthy boundaries and positive communication.

— Courtney Hart, Clinical Social Worker in Havre de Grace, MD

One focus of family therapy is to identify what needs to be said and how to say it best. Family therapy is all about talking, with our words, facial expression and body language. It's about listening, really listening, to hear what's being said. It's acknowledging another's experience as their truth, without necessarily agreeing. It's about allowing different opinions and without taking it personally.

— Cynthia Odell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mt. Lakes, NJ