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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In addressing family conflict, my approach is centered on open communication and mutual understanding. We work on conflict resolution skills, emotional expression, and empathy building. By creating a space where each family member feels heard and valued, we strive to restore harmony and strengthen family bonds.

— Hazel Jacobs, Clinical Social Worker

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

We all exist in families, whether they served us well or not. Wrestling with the experiences and patterns of our family may be the most important way we grow into our own place in the world. The intergenerational world of families is my passion and expertise. I am trained to think about family as a deeply unique but common human experience that can be better understood and explained using Family Systems Theory.

— Lynne Silva-Breen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burnsville, MN

I believe we are hardwired to seek affirming and intimate bonds with others. Conflict with parents, partners, children, siblings, and extended family can cause significant stress and unhappiness. I can assist in developing communication skills, healthy boundaries, conflict resolution techniques, and relationship scripts. The goal is to establish relationships with others that are fulfilling and allow for personal growth.

— Carly Friedman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX

Are your identities (e.g., gender identity, sexual orientation) causing friction or distance in family relationships? Have you felt torn between loyalty and seeking autonomy from your family? Have complicated family relationships caused longstanding wounds? Are you a "cycle-breaker" in the family? Are you needing help navigating very different values and perspectives held by family members? Together, we can explore the nuances and complexities of your circumstances, and help you find alignment.

— Jonathan Lee, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I have completed training to work with families and provided family therapy for over a year.

— Haylee Heckert, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sioux Falls, SD

I believe that we are made up of the stories of our pasts, but that our pasts do not freeze us in time. My hope is that we can examine how our past experiences, particularly those from our childhood, affect our lives today. From here we can move forward and find ways to integrate and heal from our past.

— Cillian Green, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Evanston, IL

Family conflict to me is all about a few main themes: communication, most of all, and HOW we communicate with each other and have been communicated with; how families are the first production or play we learn in life, to use theatre language, and how the values, priorities, caring, we do (or do not) learn then are crucial to how we see things later in life; how families are frequently the last people to see or accept change and growth and relate to that change and growth.

— T.Lee Shostack, Clinical Social Worker in , MA

Parents often unknowingly bring their own issues into their children's lives. And at the same time, children come into this world with their own temperament & are impacted by their own experiences that can contribute to family dynamics. I help family members truly see, hear, know & understand one another. I help parents develop healthy empathic relationships with their children, which helps the children feel loved, supported & respected. The result is greater harmony and ease in the family.

— Annette Barnett, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Saratoga, CA

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the unspoken and agreed-upon relationship/marital norms. For many of us, couples who spent all day at work are now spending most of their time working from home. For many families, couples who are not privileged to work from home are coping with the stress of the added risk of contracting COVID-19. Many of us are also struggling with our family income being negatively impacted due to the pandemic.

— Eldridge Greer, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

There are no perfect families. Sometimes old issues that seem like they should have been resolved, come back again and again. Whether it is between adult siblings or adult children and a parent, Jeannette York can help. Give her a call to set up an appointment today.

— Jeannette York, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Toluca Lake, CA

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

Family compositions are marked by changes and transitions over time. Often, an outside, neutral perspective can help shake things up in a direction of positive growth. My approach is collaborative and process-oriented, helping family members to better understand one another and discover new tools to tackle the changing landscapes of life together.

— Jen Davis, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I have a lot of experience helping families increase their ability to communicate and feel a greater degree of connection. Often, once we understand and acknowledge the valid places our feelings are coming from, this enables the conversation to turn from conflict to communication. Everyone has a role to play and some valuable to bring to the table. My role is to help build on the connection that is already there

— Jonny Pack, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

Some of my favorite work to do is family therapy, where everyone is committed to understanding one another, and transforming their relationships toward connection and equity. I particularly enjoy working with parents and children to resolve pain points in the relationship and develop new ways of communicating.

— Nic Sutherland, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist 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