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.

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Our work in Family Law has equipped us with expertise in working with interpersonal violence and other family conflict. We are here to help you manage the significant challenges in a relationship with IPV and assist you on issues of safety and restructuring your boundaries as you move through the process. This includes working with parents and children in improving their relationships and with parents on strengthening their abilities to co-parent.

— Paula E. Bruce, Ph.D. & Associates, A Psychological Corporation, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

A family session looks a lot different than individual therapy. I invite each member to each session and treat the family as a whole. I provide a safe space for members to share who they are and what they are feeling in order to move towards a connected, communicating family.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I am trained (and continue to train in ) Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. I specialize in helping families identify what is stopping them from communicating with each other vulnerability and authentically and help families learn to connect with each other. I have spent much of my career working with a variety of family dynamics helping parents and their children (as well as adult children and parents) discover their cycle of disconnection as well as identify how to reconnect from the heart.

— Allison Rosenberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

So much of our stress can come from family conflict. Together we can identify sources of conflict that are impacting individual members' functioning both inside and outside of the home. Parenting is a large stressor that can cause unnecessary guilt and stress. Working through some of these challenges can improve your family environment as well as your functioning in personal and professional relationships. Working on your family unit can increase each individuals success and ability to thrive.

— Jill Lynch, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Ocala, FL

My course of graduate study emphasized family systems. I then put this study to work with families and relationships who were experiencing distress. I have experience in a therapeutic capacity and in the capacity of a crisis worker reuniting families in lockout or runaway situations, meaning either the child has run away from home or the family has refused to allow the child to return. Having had experience in high-stress situations, I am comfortable working with any level of conflict.

— Meg Six, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI

I have worked with many families that have experienced family conflict. I use Functional Family Therapy (FFT) concepts and approach that allows me to work with family members in addressing repetitive cycles that impact family relationships. My goal when working with families is to find solutions and openly talk about the cycles that continue to create issues within family members.

— Julio Garibay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

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

In my work with victims of partner abuse, I deal with the traumatic effects of divorce/separation, co-parenting, relationship/marital issues, infidelity and family of origin conflict on a daily basis. I also have a lot of experience in the field of adoption/foster care, and working with the adolescent/young adult population.

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

Family conflict is one of the most unique areas of therapeutic work. By taking a relational look at family conflict, I help families learn what one another is really feeling and meaning in their words and actions. By giving each member a voice, I help heal the family structure and unit.

— Lindsey King, Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

A happy household is all about equilibrium with the structure and communication, along with finding connection with acknowledged roles. I have experience with helping families (including parents and adult children) to establish these connections.

— Erica Varner-Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Scottsdale, AZ

Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and worse. We learn our vocabulary, habits, customs, and rituals and how to view and observe the world around us. Anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships can benefit from family therapy.Family therapy is necessary to address family issues and heal a family’s wounds. Does this resonate with your family, consider seeking family therapy. Family therapy can be beneficial on many different levels.

— Jennifer Hamrock, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

I have experience working with families who are wanting to establish an equilibrium within their household structure and communication. In addition, I have successfully helped parents and adult children to work thought built up conflict and establish healthy relationships.

— Erica Varner-Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Scottsdale, AZ

Family counseling is geared towards helping the family communicate more effectively, resolve conflict through the utilization of problem solving skills, set and maintain healthy boundaries, and break generational cycles/curses. The most common issue that's brought up (other than communication) is that each member feels that they are unheard or misunderstood by others. I help rebuild a positive connection between all members involved, to get back to a place of support, empathy, and understanding.

— Elexus Oglesby, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington, TX

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 problems, infidelity, family of origin conflict and adolescent/teen violence problems on a daily basis.

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

I have extensive experience working with family of origin issues, and am trained in a number of family therapies including family systems, narrative family therapy and attachment based family therapy.

— Justine Polster, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 in Houston, TX

As a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate I specialize in creating a voice for all in the family to help get through family conflicts. I work to make sure each person in the family is heard so healing can take place.

— Darrell Reese, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in HOUSTON, TX