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.
Local Experts in Family Conflict
Family conflicts arise when \'the family is out of balance\'. I will help your family learn to communicate your needs and work on regaining a sense of connection and communication --you so desire. Whether your family has lost a loved one, a divorce, or parenting struggles...therapy is place where it is safe to process ,listen and speak up --- so that you can begin again.
I have a wide array of experience in working with families of many configurations!
Supporting family members in identifying patterns, improving communication and increasing connection.
Struggles between parents and tweens/teens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have found that when working with someone on goals to overcome trauma, anxiety, self esteem and grief and loss issues, family conflict comes up more often than not. Sometimes we realize that even if we have very positive relationships with our loved ones, there can still be some unresolved conflict that continues to affect other relationships.
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.
Family conflict is such a challenging topic today. Whether it be because of marriage, blended families, teenage peer pressure, a change in gender roles, divorce, geographical changes, new job or loss of job are all challenging situations that cause family conflict. With the Holistic Approach I will include everyone who is part of the family system to be part of the solution.
For many, family relationships can be complicated. And, for those navigating values and expectations from different cultures, family relationships can be even more complex. How to reconcile feelings of love, appreciation, respect with disappointment, resentment, and anger? How to have a relationship with family while maintaining your own sanity and well being?
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.
I believe that healthy families are the foundation to a happy and successful life. As humans we are ever changing, and as we move through the stages of life we are sometimes faced with unexpected challenges. I work with families to help them understand their unique family system and the roles each member plays, and and how these roles are interdependent.
Family is the backbone of your identity. It's influenced who you are and helped shaped who you've become, for better or for worse. Conflict with family members can bring up a lot of historical issues and unhealthy relational patterns. I can guide you understanding these patterns and practicing communication skills, while maintaining the relationship with those you value the most.
I am a family systems therapist and am skilled at assisting families in recognizing patterns in their relationship dynamics that lead to conflict and misunderstandings. Often these patterns stem from our family of origin and/or generations of past trauma. I work with families to understand these patterns and help them find new ways of engaging that leads to more fulfilling relationships.
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.
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.
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.
I work with couples facing challenges being in a blended family with step children/stepparents.
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 understanding of each other. I seek to provide communication tools that facilitate conflict resolution and reduce blame.
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.
Working with children and teens has provided me with significant opportunity to meet and engage with families from different backgrounds.
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.
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.
Not all conflict is bad, and often times we can feel closer to our family after resolving conflicts. The family system is a living breathing organism. When one part of the system changes the whole system is effected. Working with issues of loss, improving emotional attunement, and with \'truth telling\' families can reduce the stress associated with family conflict.
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.
My training involves tons of research on conflict: how to do it, how not to do it, and addressing myths that feel counterintuitive but are actually useful. Whether it be with a partner or other family member, research shows there are basic rules that apply to get what you need out of a relationship. I can work with your unique situation to improve relationships. Free phone consultation provided.
It can be hard to live together under the same roof much less get along. I provide family therapy that can help family members find their voice to advocate for their needs, understand each other, 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.
I have a background in family systems training and have worked as a child and family therapist in a variety of settings. I have helped families learn to connect and improve communication after divorce, loss or illness of a family member, re-marriage, or other significant family change.
The dynamics within families can be complicated. We will work to build patterns of communication that will foster relationships and build connection. Over time these patterns of communication will allow all family members to feel heard, understood, and part of the greater whole.
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.\nIn your first session, your counselor will assess your particular family situation and then formulate a plan to meet the goals.
Extensive experience and training in family therapy .
Whether you are having conflict between spouses, with or between your children, with in-laws, or with any other family member, you can bring your concerns here and find compassion and practical help. The family is the building block of society and where we learn to trust others and the world around us. Making families strong and functional is necessary and possible!
My work with family conflict is specific. I work with partners of individuals and adult children of individuals who display narcissistic character structure to help you explore and re-find a sense of self and parts of your personality. We may explore current or intended partner or spousal choice; coping with these family issues; and areas which you identify as important.
I have 5 years experience providing counseling for families in crisis or conflict. I take an active and directive role in family therapy - because you learn by doing, I will often instruct family members to complete assignments or interact in new and different ways with one another in and out of sessions so you can maintain the changes you’ve made long after therapy is over.
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.
Over the course of my training in child and family psychology, I have come to believe that there is no such thing as one person suffering when it comes to a family system. Therefore, helping families manage conflict has been an integral part of helping children improve.
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.
I have a special compassion for the types of issues that arise for those who have suffered familial trauma or who have struggled being in relationship with their families of origin. My experience in a community clinic was primarily focused on work with clients with a history of familial trauma.
There is no such thing as the perfect family, and sometimes we need help to develop healthier relationships with family members. In our work you will better understand the dysfunctional patterns in your family interactions, learn to cope with your emotional triggers, create healthier boundaries, and heal from lasting emotional injuries related to family conflict.
There isn't a person alive whose family functions perfectly and some families are certainly more dysfunctional than others. We can change the way we relate and interact with our family by improving our relationship with ourselves. When one person in any family begins to change, invariably the system itself will begin to change as well.
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.
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.\n
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.
I was trained with a family systems lens and am always considering complex dynamics as well as intergenerational trauma in my work with all clients- whether you come along with you family or as an individual.
I support families in working through your conflicts, enhancing your understanding of each other, and finding a greater sense of support and connection.
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.
Common Reasons Children Attend Counseling:\nHealing Divorce Hurts\nTools for Handling Anger Well\nManaging Emotions and Outbursts\nGaining Self-esteem\nFamily Transitions\nPractice in Being Assertive\nHealing from Abuse, Sexual, Physical and Emotional\nTo Improve Parent-Child Relationship\nTo Bond With an Adopted Parent
Family conflict can look many different ways. I have experience working with children and adolescents within their family systems in the form of individual and family therapy. In this setting we comb out reasons for mistrust, role confusion and difficulty blending thus building better pathways for communication and autonomy within the family.
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.
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.
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.
I have experience working with many different types of families, including blended families, LGBTQ families, siblings, and parents with adult children. Divorce, addiction, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our families shape us in tremendous ways. Becoming healthy in our family system requires growth from a place of enmeshment to a place where boundaries are defined and we are able to differentiate from other members. This can be a difficult process, but it's a really good work to engage in.
If you are reading this, chances are that your family is not relating and bonding in the way you had hoped. Creating an environment for open communication, positive attitudes, mutual respect, flexibility, and plenty of love and patience provide the needed ingredients for the most stressed families.