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

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

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

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

Dr. Quinn specializes in reunification and other forms of family therapy. He works to heal the family dynamics through a proven, structured and guided method of conflict resolution and negotiation.

— Adrian Quinn, Psychologist in Wyomissing, PA

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

Family conflict impacts everyone in the family; whether it is marital issues, sibling rivalry, school issues, among many other concerns - I can help you navigate these in order to increase the bond you have with your children, improve communication and decrease conflict in your family relationships.

— Corie Rodeman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crystal Lake, IL

I believe the family unit is one of, if not the most, influential support systems in one's life. Each individual in the family has a unique affect on other's and is similarly affected by the rest. So when one member of the family suffers, everyone is affected in one way or another. It's my goal to help families establish realistic expectations, roles, and behavioral norms. Let me help your family identify the issues, overcome them, and grow stronger together.

— Kristy Fuller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Bowling Green, KY

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

Having spent 33 years in Law Enforcement and 10 years as a Senior Pastor I have had multiple opportunities to help families at nearly every level of conflict.

— David Castleman, Counselor in Oologah, OK

If you are having breakdown in communication with a family member or a feeling of emptiness and lack of joy with your partner, I can help you build a foundation of mutual love, respect, and trust. If you’re interested in learning more about how I can help you specifically, please visit my website:

— Natasha Kazmi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, 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

I work with parents who may be having difficulties with parenting issues or trying to stay connected to each other while parenting, working and keeping the household afloat. How does a couple create healthy boundaries regarding children, in-laws and their own extended family so their own relationship remains a priority.

— Anthony Gambuzza, Psychologist in Stamford, CT

This is the starting place for you and your family to approach difficult discussions. We will talk about each family member's understanding of the issue then we will explore your family history and the problem, who has been most and least affected by the problem, repeated patterns and cycles in your family and unsuccessful attempts to fix the problem. We will also look at the different relationships within your family. Teaching effective parenting skills may be a significant part of our work along with teaching effective skills to help manage unwanted behaviors. It's understandable that you and your family may feel uncertain about family therapy. The question is, if you don't start here and start soon, then how much longer will you all have to endure these problems and what are the chances that the issues will be resolved on their own? Let's work together and start resolving your struggles one step at a time.

— Jan Nelson, Therapist in NEW YORK, NY

Family conflict occurs when there are strong opposing views. Arguments occur in the presence of a misunderstanding that soon leads to an inaccurate conclusion. Ongoing family conflict causes hurt and aggression, especially when there is a lack of communication. Therapy helps by clearing up miscommunication and recognizing current patterns of behavior- theravive

— Briana Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

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

Resilient families aren't families without stress but families that understand how to communicate effectively and navigate change. I have many years of experience, working in schools and community settings, helping families to increase positive communication, increase healthy boundaries, and become a cohesive and supportive unit.

— Nichole Prince, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I am a certified Multidimensional Family Therapist (MDFT) who has 3 years of experience working up close and personal with families experiencing major conflict, violence, drug abuse and law enforcement involvement. I have helped families function better in order to give their children better life outcomes both in and outside of the court system. I have also been trained and certified as an MDFT Supervisor, supervising other therapist in this same treatment.

— Estepha Francisque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

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

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

With relational and systemic training I can help you dismantle family conflict, whether it's still with your own mother or trying to co-parent your kids with a new step-mom.

— Faith Dulin, Marriage & Family Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Whether you are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, or sister, addiction to mood-altering substances and all it’s ugly baggage is destroying the interdependent relationships of the family unit. Recovery Coaching addresses relationship issues and calls for healing goals and action plans to effect change.

— James Shiver, Addictions Counselor in Brentwood, TN

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Family therapy can be key to helping create a healthy and harmonious family system. During family therapy sessions, I work with children, siblings, and caregivers to identify challenges and strengths and develop shared goals. I help family members discover new ways to relate to one another and work on conflict resolution and communication. I also provide support to families undergoing transitions, such as divorce or new family members.

— Anna Fadem, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA

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

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

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