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 am trained in family conflict through two graduate courses on family therapy as well as the experience of working with families in conflict. I believe in communal therapeutic work, which identifies that each family member is deeply impacted by one another. I believe working on patterns through the family will alleviate individual issues.

— Kaile Videtich, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in San Jose, CA

Parenting is the most rewarding job anyone can have yet the most difficult at the same time. From the moment the child is born, a parent starts guiding and building a special relationship with that little person. A relationship that will be tested frequently and will cause emotional pain, stress, and anxiousness.

— Mirella Caro-Cortes, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in MAITLAND, FL

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

Family Therapy is a way to work through life transitions and family conflict, as well as establish family rules and expectations. Having open, honest, conversations can build healthy communication skills and increase positive interactions between kids and parents. Even though we are working through difficult issues, it is also a time for families to connect and have fun together and to remember that they are all on the same team.

— Kristen Felter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

We help families get out of negative patterns of communication and get on the same page with things like parenting.

— Thrive Couple & Family Counseling Services, Counselor in Greenwood Village, CO

Jennifer has helped many families who have struggled with coparenting . Sometimes a step parent or ex spouse can cause conflict in the family due to residual bitterness or jealousy. Jennifer has experience engaging all parties to the benefit of the children involved.

— Jennifer Magbanua, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL

You’re tired of having the same weekly arguments, but never finding a resolution. Your teen constantly panics about everything, blanks out during tests, or doesn't get enough sleep. Maybe you and your partner disagree about how to handle conflict. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way! Therapy can help your family reconnect and stay connected by solving what feels unsolvable.

— Ashleigh Edelstein, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

The desire to help families heal is what drew me to therapy. While I see a variety of clients, my study of family systems is the very foundation for my therapeutic beliefs. For this reason, I like having as many members of the family in the room as possible, where appropriate. I believe that individuals in a family are all influenced by any single member's behaviors. This is why I believe, healing is most effective in a family context.

— Christina Holyoak, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasant Grove, UT

I was trained in Strategic Family Therapy. I work well with families who fight/argue a lot due to value/cultural conflicts. I also enjoy working with queer teens in the family system.

— Michelle Chia Ning Chang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Emeryville, CA

I spent four years in post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City and in that training, I learned to attend to the complexity and depth of seemingly small conflicts in the family that often, when investigated, pointed to larger, deeper issues. My training as a creative arts therapist allows me to use art, movement, play, etc. to engage simultaneously with family members of different ages and ability levels identifying places of strength and resilience.

— Kelley Linhardt, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I was trained with a family systems lens and am always considering complex dynamics as well as intergenerational trauma in my work with all clients- whether you come along with you family or as an individual. I also work with adopted and foster children, teens, and adults. I am an adoptee myself and have specialized training to serve this community from my participation in Portland State University's Foster and Adoption Therapy Certificate Program.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 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 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

I have worked for years with families dealing with conflict and disconnection. Whether these are biological families or those brought together through foster or adoption. The issues vary and often there is an underlying trauma that is impacting the dynamics and disconnectedness in the relationship. I work to bring all parts of the relationship together and to foster an open dialogue about what may be broken so healing can begin. I use various methods depending on the client/family.

— Eric Henley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mesa, AZ

Distressing family dynamics can interfere with the functioning of every family member. When family members are in conflict, the tension can impact each family member’s mental and physical health and relationships. Family counseling helps families collaborate to address problems. The course of treatment is often brief and seeks to address the communication styles of the family as well as individual issues that may be interfering with the connectedness of the family.

— Stacey Curnow, Counselor in Asheville, NC

I have extensive experience in working with families, couples and parent/child units to address conflicts in behaviors, with addictions, with anger, abuse, life crises, and differing values and belief systems. I work to help family units create a cohesive family plan and assist family members in following their family plan successfully.

— Leisa Watkins, Marriage & Family Therapist in Idaho Falls, ID

Are you struggling to be seen or heard in your family? Do you wish you had more positive ways of interacting with your loved ones? Would you like to find new strategies for parenting your child or connecting with your teen? My work with families centers around reducing conflict and deepening connections throughout the family system by helping increase family members' capacities to communicate wants, needs, and feelings and helping create a family culture of openness and respect.

— Shelly Hogan, Counselor in Austin, TX

Often families are operating with limited self-awareness. I love to help families navigate through troubled waters. Part of what helps is educating families on healthy love and respect exercises.

— Jeremy Poling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rockingham (Harrisonburg), VA

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

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

Family conflicts could mean many different things, but they reflect not only present challenges but a history of miscommunication, lack of understanding and validation, trauma, dependency, codependency, etc.

— Antonieta Contreras, Therapist in NEW YORK, NY

So many of our current issues are relational and impact our family dynamics. I help multi-generational and nuclear families develop empathy and skills to improve engagement and communication all while helping each individual member of the family feel seen, heard, and understood.

— La Shanda Sugg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mason, OH

Family is everything! But where is the line between satisfying what our family wants and achieving our dreams for what we would like our life to be? How do we maneuver in those relationships, whether near or far away? In my career, no matter what position I work in, it is clear that familial relationships are central in our lives whether they live close or far from us. Let me walk with you on your journey.

— Tara Genovese, Clinical Social Worker in ,