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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Working in family treatment for almost four years. Assisting families to repair relationships and offer problem solving strategies. Emphasis in family therapy in graduate school.

— Elizabeth Fulsher, Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

I have worked with families in improving communication and unhelpful patterns among all members to create a healthy and functional family dynamic.

— Mikaella Chiriboga, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Houston, TX
 

Can members of the family grow and develop as individuals, yet support each other... now and in the future?

— David Day, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA

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
 

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

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
 

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

Most of us have familyand most of us struggle, at least some, with family relationships. You need someone outside of your family to talk it over, get perspective and identify what you can do about it.

— Jill Butler, Addictions Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK
 

Support with setting boundaries, communicating needs, inner child work, and processing grief around emotional loss of a parent

— Christine Adams, Psychotherapist in Durham, NC

My training and experience are rooted in relational conflict resolution. I am comfortable with the whole family in the room, or with individuals needing support through asserting different boundaries with family. The theoretical perspectives that influence my work most are Structural Family Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy.

— Margaret  Certain, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

Who we are is shaped by being part of a system: a society, a culture, and a family. Families fall into patterns that work for a while, but as every family faces change - aging, transitioning from one life stage to another, facing tragedy, or just dealing with the things that life throws at us - we all could use help with making that transition, creating a family structure that works for YOUR situation, YOUR unique family. I am looking forward to helping you with that.

— Kate Sciandra, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Eagan, MN

I am trained in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy.

— Amy Markley, Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

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

Facing challenges in relationships and feeling disconnected is tough. I want you to know that you're not alone in this. Together, we can explore these issues and find ways to bridge the gap between you and your loved ones. Let's work on understanding your needs, improving communication, and rebuilding those vital connections. You deserve to feel valued and connected in your relationships, and I'm here to support you every step of the way.

— Victoria Makaryan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Metairie, LA
 

As a family therapist I have dealt with family conflict and marital conflict of varying intensity. That has included families where conflict has led to violence and families dealing with issues of substance abuse and of infidelity. My background has included a number of years working with and consulting to programs working with families referred by social service departments .

— Daniel Minuchin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Family relationships can feel like a hurricane and there’s no end in sight to the conflicts. My approach looks at everyone’s perspective to make sure that they are listened to and solutions can be found to any family conflict. No sides are taken and everyone’s voice is heard so that there is understanding of how each person feels. I want my clients to leave with the confidence that they can handle any conflicts in the future and find their own solutions to whatever challenges they may face.

— Jacob Rincon, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX
 

Inner child work may help those experiencing interpersonal conflict. Inner child work helps explore unprocessed childhood emotions and feelings that currently impact one’s life and understanding, managing, and/or reducing triggers. One desire for inner child work may be to identify wounded areas and/or unmet needs of the child, learn to advocate, protect, or show compassion for the child, create a safe enough space to invite the child to play, and integrate the child with the adult self.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

Family of origin pain can feel like the deepest wound, chosen family conflict can feel like a never-ending complexity. I work with families to strengthen connection, communication, and build shared values and understanding.

— Nic Sutherland, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR