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

"My child frustrates me so much I don’t want to be around him." "It is like if you give her an inch she will take a mile." "I feel like I have to bribe him in order for him to listen." "Whatever I do it is never good enough for my Dad. I feel like I'm a constant disappointment to him". Does this sound like you? I empower parents to discipline and connect with their children when they display defiant behaviors. I help adult children work through conflicted relationships with their parents.

— Casey Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbia, SC

Family conflict including marriage therapy. Provide strategies to resolve conflict within the family unit. Provide counseling services pre- and post-divorce. Present interventions and solutions to improve the family dynamic while being mindful of the needs and concerns of each family member.

— Marcella Prosper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Matawan, NJ

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

Family and couple therapy is my jam! I use my theoretical framework, which consists of family systems, attachment theory, arousal regulation, and developmental neuroscience to help inform my clinical approach.

— Claudia Ma, Psychologist in West Lake Hills, TX

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

Creating a happy, healthy family environment is not as easy as it appears in social media! Getting help to address our family struggles is a healthy way to respond to the needs of each family member. When a child is hurting their behavior affects the whole family and the family affects that child. Family therapy can be incredibly healing and helpful. It can bring peace and comfort to a home or homes. I specialize in families with adolescents who are struggling beyond "normal teen behavior".

— Marni Doerfler, Counselor

I love working with the whole system. We are all connected no matter who we might with not to be. I believe in strong and compassionate boundaries, educating about stages along the process and giving all members practical tools to use when the going gets rough and above all else celebrating what is working!

— Rami Vissell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA

When working with families, I take a family systems approach, which involves getting the whole family together to identify negative or harmful communication patterns and work to create healthier, more functional relationships. We may practice respectful communication, come up with new ways of interacting, and I will likely give homework to practice between sessions to keep your family communicating during the week.

— Kaleigh Boysen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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

I have provided family therapy services for the past five years, treating intergenerational trauma, parent-child conflict, supporting co-parenting, and resolving issues related to communication and trust.

— Bridget Wieckowski, Clinical Psychologist in San Jose, CA

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

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

When a couple is experiencing a divorce, other members of the family are affected. Divorce is a transitional period for all family members involved, especially children. Divorce necessitates a reorganization of the family regarding proximity (both physical and emotional), boundaries, roles, expectations and rules. It can be helpful to have intentional conversations about these changes as a family to promote emotional health, adjustment, and healing.

— Arielle Fettman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

Constant toxicity in your family unit has become the norm. You thought that your family is where you would feel safe, go for comfort, but instead your left with wanting to get away from them the second you are together. I bring you a decades worth of experience in helping families rediscover one another and learn to lean into each other. Life is hard enough, having a family that helps you through it makes it all more manageable.

— April Weir, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

It's called Family Therapy—but we know that family can include any human you feel connected to. As Family Therapists we are trained to navigate the various relationships represented in the room and to assist each person in finding their voice. Family Therapy is a unique experience, and requires skilled professionals Issues that can be addressed from a Family Therapy perspective include: -Grief/Loss -Illness -Remarriage -Blended families -Life transitions -Resolving past hurts -Accepting a family member’s sexuality -Supporting a family member struggling with sexual identity Our skilled therapists can support you in coming together to find the best ways for your family to relate to each other. Our relaxed atmosphere creates a comfortable place to grow together.

— Refresh Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA

I apply the perspectives and techniques of family systems counseling to my work with individuals and families. I earned my D.Min degree through studies in family and congregational systems. The basic principle is that we all act and react in relation to the systems we are a part of, but we can also make changes in these systems by changing our functioning and approach. In addition I learned reconciliation counseling and co-parent counseling during my internship at Family Services of Western PA.

— Lynn Acquafondata, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rochester, NY

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. Families are the root of togetherness and at times the most powerful impact on our lives. When families are affected by turmoil all members of the family may feel an impact. Family therapists work with the family system and the relational patterns of interaction within families. This type of counseling views problems as patterns or systems.

— Lisa Abrotsky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in LAKE WORTH, FL

I have experience helping family members identify dynamics and boundaries that are required or contributing to problems bringing them to therapy.

— Cassi Trader, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lacey, WA

I hold a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a systemic therapist that received extensive training in relational issues within all family systems.

— Melissa Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Longmont, CO

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

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

There is no perfect person, there is no perfect family. Every family has its own ways of functioning, and at times when the beliefs of individuals are different it can be stressful. We can make an effort to understand family systems in order to avoid and stay out of conflict, or to stay off the path of toxic individuals.

— Shay Phillips, Clinical Social Worker in Cypress, TX

I have received formal training in family treatment approaches and work with families to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. My family therapy approaches are designed to help families improve communication, problem-solving, and coping skills, and enhance their sense of connection to one another.

— Sylvia Garcia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA

I have worked three years in schools and one year in a family clinic where I saw many families in conflict. Conflict is painful in families and can be exacerbated by acculturation difficulties, special needs children, a weak marital bond, financial problems, etc. I have studied family systems therapies and have a special interest in interpersonal neurobiology.

— Nannette Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Altos, CA

My Masters Degree is in Counseling with a special focus on Marriage, Couple, and Family. I’ve worked with families for over 5 years and take special pride in the work I do to help not only the client but their whole system of care.

— Leslie Gleason, Counselor in Blue Springs, MO

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