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

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

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

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

My passion is working with Family and Friends of those with chemical and/or activity addictions (dependencies). The approach shared, helps Family & Friends learn how to provide positive support for their Loved One to help them toward the process of change.

— Suzanne Opperman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Columbia, MO

At RISE we offer Conjoint Family and Relationship Counseling sessions. Each member of the family has the option of having their personal individual therapist that they work with individually and/or Conjointly with their family/relationships and their indivdualized therapist to maximize the benefits of family and relational therapy.

— Bet Shaddinger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Family conflict comes in many forms. There are times that it is natural such as when an adolescent is develpopmentally trying to become on their own. There are times when family members are apart (such as adult siblings) and timed when everuone is together. After working out the goal and the stumbling blocks (which may be what was identified before starting but may also be other things), there are ways to talk about them and do things differently that will bring new qualities to the relationships between family members and allow the family to experience that deeper shalom that is desired.

— Christopher Smith, Pastoral Counselor in Harrison, NY

Within conflict lies the greatest potential for growth. Family members or co-parents that struggle to see eye to eye can learn to hear each other and understand one another's perspectives. Often this means that everyone involved needs to hone their communication and listening skills. But it also means tuning in to one another's emotions to more deeply recognize and appreciate each other. The ultimate goal in family therapy is to get you to enjoy each other again.

— Robin Brannan, Therapist in Kensington, MD

Family conflict is my favorite therapeutic issue to help resolve. I say this not because I enjoy the chaos but rather because I find the greatest rewards when the family learns to hear each other and accept one another for who they are.

— Enrica Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shepherdsville, KY

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

Back to the basics- the family. We were all raised in one. There are many different family configurations and even more styles of parenting. Come explore the family you grew up in and see how that is influencing the way you are parenting. Would you like to make some changes and need guidance as to how to implement them? Do you need teaching on what to expect for different ages, personalities and situations? Perhaps you thought you had it all under control until that phone call came from the school, or the police, or your daughter just shared that she's pregnant. Maybe you're not even a parent yet and are thinking there's no way you want to have children if "those" people would be the grandparents. Or what if your partner's family hates you or you can't stand them? Is there hope? What if your children are fighting so much you think one might be seriously injured before they'd quit? All of these situations and many more have been worked on in therapy with me, or experience by me. There is hope.

— Michelle Broweleit, Counselor in Ellensburg, WA

I have worked with families in various settings or situations such as blended families, divorced couples, struggling teens with addictions, anger outbursts, and poor communication. I work on both the individuals and the families in order to provide the best wrap-around care as possible. This helps to be most effective not only for the short0term goals, but also leads to more long-term positive outcomes.

— Darci Alston, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tooele, UT

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