Family Conflict

Occasional conflict is common in even a very close-knit family. Conflict can arise from misunderstandings and miscommunications or anytime family members have differing views. While small disagreements are a given in any family, constant conflict can have lasting negative consequences. Serious conflicts can arise from a variety of different sources including substance abuse, financial problems, mental illness, marital problems, the birth of a child, child rearing, parent and child problems, a job change or a big move. If your family is facing a situation that is causing stress or anger, family therapy can be very valuable and, ultimately, bring you closer together. A mental health professional specializing in family therapy can also help to find peaceful solutions to conflicts.

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Bryanna Goodman

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Eric Loya (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a family therapist, I have vast experience in facilitating dialogue and providing psycho-education for families regarding dynamics and conflicts. Evidenced-based practices and modalities I use include Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Family Structural Therapy.

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Kate Parker-Shames

Licensed Professional Counselor

I believe that problems are best solved through the strength and assistance of family and loved ones. I believe in the resiliency of families. I believe that families can obtain skills to function differently, and to decrease problematic interactions and behaviors. People can change their lives and improve their relationships, regardless of their past, present, or future circumstances.

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Dan Harold LCSW (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

How we experience our closest relationships can effect how we feel and behave. Feeling connected in our personal and romantic relationships can provide a sense of sanctuary and support in our lives and as with all close relationships we also experience feelings that can be overwhelming. Relationships can be emotional. Relationships are important. Focusing on intimacy, experiencing feelings , learning about ourselves, and using open communication are my focus with relationships and families.

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Erin Durst, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Much of my career has been devoted to effective family therapy. Key to this process is conducting family sessions which balance activities designed to make everyone comfortable with solid therapeutic work and problem-solving. We will also work together to discuss combinations of individual and family sessions to make sure our work is accepted and secure for all members of the family.

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Sprout Therapy PDX

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Firefly Institute

Licensed Professional Counselor

Family therapy brings all the members together for problem solving, relational repair, conflict resolution or building skills for communication and interaction. We provide family counseling with children, adolescents and for couples support. Firefly also provides services to families seeking reunification therapy or for families who have court involved cases.

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David Hanna

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have years of experience working successfully with the complex challenges, feelings and binds that arise inside families for children, parents, grandparents, and siblings. I am able to support multiple family members through conflicts. I provide perspective and support at those times when the family is most angry and at odds with one another.

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Gudmund Lee

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

When a person struggles, whether a child or an adult, usually their relationships struggle too. I am training systemic family therapy, which means I try to mobilize supports, not only to help solve a problem but so the changes last.

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Lolo Haha (he/him)

Somatic Practitioner

M.A., Dipl. PW

I've worked with couples and families where conflict seems to be tearing the relationship/family apart. I support couples and families to build resilience in the face of these conflicts and use the conflict as an opportunity to grow into themselves more fully. I also come with an unbiased view, appreciating that some conflicts mean an end while others can be an opportunity for transformation.

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Mitch Bacon, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I hold a Master's Degree in Family Therapy. Operating within Family Systems Therapy is a significant piece of my practice. I will work with all parts of a family in order to move towards shift in the entire dynamic. By building awareness of our role in the family and the patterns that exist, positive changes in the ways of relating to each other can occur.

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Heidi Savell (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CADC I

I have experience working with many different types of families, including blended families, LGBTQ families, siblings, and parents with adult children. Divorce, substance use, mental health challenges or major life changes can impact the whole family, and I have found that coming together to address feelings and work on communication can improve relationship satisfaction, as well as give family members a sense of empowerment

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Jessica Blaschke, M.A. LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

B.S. Health Psychology, M.A. Counseling, LMFT

Sometimes families are in conflict because they are unable to hear what another is saying or understand where they are coming from. I work with families to effectively communicate and compromise, so everyone can feel heard and valued within the family unit.

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Anthony Marchant

Licensed Professional Counselor

Extensive experience and training in family therapy .

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"Paisley" Jen Burrell (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT

All families experience transitions and sometimes confront stressful difficulties that seem impossible to overcome. However, families are incredibly resilient and have the capacity to reach deep into their resources and change their negative circumstances, especially with the assistance and support of a skilled counselor. When problems arise, I am dedicated to helping families find their balance.

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Christina Dunning, MS

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

So often, the patterns of relating we develop in childhood persist in our adult relationships. This can be particularly apparent in our relationships with family. Counseling offers a place to explore those patterns and a space to develop and practice new ways of relating in a meaningful way as families grow and change.

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Alexandra Leichter, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Family conflict often occurs when a couple is having difficulty within their relationship and conversely, family conflict often results in troubles within a couple's relationship. I have a great deal of crisis therapy experience and am able to help you sort out the true source of conflict and create a plan to address it.

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Heather Vliet (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

One of my strengths as a Child and Family therapist is working with families who find themselves caught in a cycle of escalating conflict and disconnection. I utilize an evidenced-based intervention called Collaborative Problem Solving which emphasizes positive communication and relationship building as well as building skills which will resolve problem durably.

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Leslie Yeargers

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Sometimes the pressures of the world can affect our family relationships. Busy parents may lose touch with their children and children may be stressed by school, peer pressure, and academic and social expectations. This can lead to conflict in the family. I strive to deeply listen to each member to understand your dynamic and shift to healthier relational patterns that foster love and connection.

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Richard Halpern, M.A.

Professional Counselor

I've been teaching the class: 'Helping Children Cope With Family Change' for 4 years as a Parent Educator for Multnomah County Family Court Services. I have met with hundreds of parents in a discussion group format, all of whom are moving through conflict which resulted in a separation or divorce. My approach is to offer practical solutions and experiential exercises to encourage communication.

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Sunya Grantham

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Much like the work I do with couple and marriage issues, I focus on the patterns of interactions that find families in explosive arguments and struggling to resolve conflict. By creating a safe space, families can learn to express uncomfortable feelings to increase their understanding of each other. I seek to provide communication tools that facilitate conflict resolution and reduce blame.

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Tever Nickerson

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Let's face it, family relationships are often challenging! I work with families dealing with a wide range of issues from relational conflict to more severe behaviors that may be impacting family members and the the health of family dynamics.

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Andrew Griffes

Professional Counselor

I see conflict within families as a natural impulse toward eventual health that can get stuck in patterns of pain and blame. With attuned facilitation, strife that may reach back generations can point toward the healing and connection which is the birthright of every family. I emphasize the formation of healthy boundaries and clear communication to support you to build a family culture of health.

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Kathy Hardie-Williams M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

The key to strong and enduring relationships is the development of a strong sense of self. I facilitate families in increasing their capacity to accept and tolerate differences, a process that must occur prior to increasing the emotional bond. I facilitate family members in identifying and communicating their needs and wants. Conducive to this process is the ability to experience a reasonable degree of conflict relationships and a willingness to believe that relationships can improve.

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Sabrina Walters (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, LPC, Certified Gottman Therapist

I have worked with youth and their families for over 30 years (as a youth mentor for 20 and in the schools for seven as a school counselor). I love helping young adults find a path to their future and help parents become the best consultants they can!

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Erin McAdams (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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I have several years experience working as a family therapist. I strive to create a safe environment for all family members to be able to express themselves, feel heard and validated, and work toward solutions to reduce conflict, improve communication, and work toward healing. Divorce, couples therapy, coparenting, relationship, marriage and parenting difficulties.

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DeShawn Williams

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Families inherently have multiple systems and sub-systems. I work with families to help them understand their unique family system, the roles each member plays, and how these roles are interdependent. I like to have families explore and discover their roles and how they are contributors to the overall system and functionality.

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Laura La Rosa (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MA, MSW, LCSW

It can be hard to live together under the same roof much less get along. I provide family therapy that can help members find their voice to advocate for their needs, understand one another, reduce conflict and maybe even help one another like each other again. Family therapy can help you discover the uniqueness of each family member so living together feels natural again.

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Justin Anderson

Marriage and Family Therapist

Personal issues often effect an entire family unit, and mental illness can be straining for those who love you. Get support from a counselor that understands Family Dynamics and can support change for everybody that makes sense and values each member's perspective.

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Sarah Hardin

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Families are messy, glorious business, and every single one is different. Coming from a strong systemic perspective, I hold space for multiple perspectives, and will assist your family in identifying and meeting common goals, working through crisis and conflict, and finding reconnection and new intimacy. We will work to improve communication and closeness in a really compassionate, hands-on way.

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Rachel Kendall (she/ her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, R-6458

Finding the origins of behavior are helpful to changing it. In my work with families, I begin with helping them enhance their understanding of one another's frame of reference, which allows for greater empathy when working through conflict. By establishing the meaning behind certain behaviors, strategies can be implemented to better align with the values families want to abide by.

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Family Roots Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our family therapists have gone through specific training on working with families as a whole, not just individuals. Any changes or mental health issues in one person in a family affect the entire family. People don't exist in a vacuum! For that reason, family therapists focus on helping your entire family work through conflict around issues such as divorce, blending families, or reunification.

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Lola Elliott

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Much of my experience has focused on working with families to manage and overcome trauma and/or hardship in their lives at various levels. My work with adolescents and families in crisis has taught me how to help families navigate past barriers. I have extensive experience, education and training working with individuals, adolescents, groups and families in intensive crisis situations.

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Danielle Thompson

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

My education and experience is in working with Family issues, and different ways to decrease those family issues.

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Janean VeDova

Marriage and Family Therapist

There is not one mold that makes a family. I welcome all configurations of families. I understand that each family is unique with its own set of rules and family roles. As a marriage, couple family therapist I have extensive training on family relationships and family life cycles.

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Kellie Collins, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Family conflict is incredibly stressful and hard to understand when you are wrapped up in it. Counseling can help tremendously with clarity and learning to set healthy boundaries with family members so that you can be the best version of yourself in a family unit. I work with many different types of families, but specialize in self-care for family members that deal with estrangement or boundaries.

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Marla Christensen LPC NCC (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA LPC NBCC

I believe that relationship therapy is a joint effort between the individual members of a family system. My philosophy views individuals, families, and couples, from a systemic perspective. That is, we are all wired to have relationship together. I assist families with a variety of tools to help heal their family relationships.

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Richard Marshall

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.A., LMFT

My Masters level training focused on family systems theory as used in the treatment of a wide variety of family problems. I have used this training since 2013 to help families resolve conflict and foster relational well-being.

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Catherine Lazen (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

M.Ed, MSW, LCSW

I have specialized training to support families in conflict.

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Brittany Eide

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have many years of experience helping families through the process of mediation in order to find more ease in their family culture. My graduate degree and certifications, paired with real-life scenarios, have expanded my ability in this area.

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Tsz Yin Szeto-McNatt (she/her/hers)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Family dynamics can be muddled and difficult to manage. I can help you determine what your goals are and get you to a place where there is harmony even in the midst of the impossible.

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Eric Nielson

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Working with families is very close to my heart. For most of us, the family is our most fundamental unit of relationship and community. My work with families draws from Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, both of which are based in an attachment perspective.

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Brandt Hueser

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Family conflict arises when families get stuck in their communication and interactions. My experience working in home-based mental health provides me with the training to help families shift their maladaptive patterns and meet their individual and family goals.

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Family Ties Counseling Center

Licensed Professional Counselor

When addressing family conflict, it can be helpful to get most or all family members for a session to work toward a common goal. Because each family member is impacted by family events, each member can contribute unique ideas about how to address the challenges. In your first session, your counselor will assess your particular family situation and then formulate a plan to meet the goals.

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jane Newman

Licensed Professional Counselor

Each family member may be unique, but is also part of a family 'system'. A life change or transition may interrupt the family system; the therapeutic environment can help to identify the common goal and provide the setting for enhanced communication and collaboration.

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Susan Lehman (she/her)

Reverend

CPDT

There are no fully 'functional' families, particularly families of origin. I can work with you to reduce power struggles and conflict with all family members.

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