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.

Local experts in Family Conflict

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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Carrie Ivy (she/her)

Professional Counselor

I have a special compassion for those who have suffered familial trauma or 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.

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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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David Hanna (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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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Eileen Brandt (She/Her)

Student Counselor

Our family relationships impact every part of our lives. When there is turmoil in these important relationships, we often find the struggles seep into our work, school, community involvement and emotional well-being. Similarly, external forces can put strain on our family connections. I strive to be mindful of the systems and history that form family interactions, while working with families to reduce conflict, build understanding, and create new communication patterns.

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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.

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Jessica Baker, 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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Jenny Larson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC (OR), LMHC (WA)

Families can be complex. We’re taught that families should be a source of unconditional support, but what if they aren’t? It can be hard to give up hope that they’ll ever be who you need them to be. You might feel like you’ve exhausted all options and don’t know where to go from here with members of your family. You might feel guilt around the way things have worked out. Therapy can help you decide what to do with the feelings you feel and find ways to move forward that are right for you.

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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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Yael Kievsky (she/her/ella)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I have built my practice to focus on all things relationships: I work especially well with family reconciliation processes, breaches of trust, repairing severed relationships, and communication in families.

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Kate Parker-Shames (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT

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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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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Del Likins (he/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

◦ Parent & Adult Child Issues ◦ Adult Sibling (birth order, roles, aging parents, etc) ◦ Family Development (sexual abuse, pregnancy, infertility, abortions, etc) ◦ Life Transitions (child/sibling/parental loss, grieving process) ◦ Neurodivergence -related issues (strategies, invisibility, masking, etc) ◦ Intergenerational Traumas (forced migrations, climate chaos, assimilation) ◦ Processing Whiteness (culture loss, identity issues, belonging, reparations)

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Sprout Therapy PDX

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT, LCSW, Associates

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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Lolo Halman (he/him)

Professional Counselor

M.A., Diploma of Process Work

I specialize in working with families facing conflict, aiming to build resilience and transform challenges into opportunities for growth. With an unbiased perspective, I guide families in navigating conflict, fostering unity, and recognizing when temporary separation may be necessary for intentional healing and transformation.

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Andrew Griffes

Professional Counselor

MA

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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Day Adams (he/him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

Families are complex, bearing all kinds of histories, as well as habits of living, communicating, and connecting. Not only this, but they must also grow and change together over time, as everyone involved is always in the process of "growing up". It's important to take the time to slow down, explore what different elements have made the family the way that it is, feel the feelings, and determine preferred ways of being together through life's changes.

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Susan Lehman (she/her)

Reverend

CPDT, HART, life coach

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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Anthony Marchant

Licensed Professional Counselor

Extensive experience and training in family therapy .

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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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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 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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Eric Nielson

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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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Rachel Kendall (she/ her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, C7689

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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Gina DeLeo (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.

I believe in meeting caregivers where they are at, and working together to create a plan for mental and emotional wellness for the whole family. I help families learn ways to increase emotional closeness and change patterns. I have experience helping families support children who are exploring their gender identity and expression.

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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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Emily Radcliffe (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

Feeling like you're just not connecting with your family? Are there past issues that have been overlooked or pushed aside? I can help bridge those gaps and process past conflict/trauma that contributes distance and misconnection. Family conflict can be challenging for all parties. I can help you examine and shift cycles, patterns and communication styles that don't serve your family, and create closer and more trusting relationships.

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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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Christina Dunning (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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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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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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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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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Janean VeDova (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Trained Supervisor

I have extensive training in family systems and relationships.

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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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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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Alexandra Leichter LCSW, LICSW, MSW (she/her)

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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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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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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Krista Schimmelbusch

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

EFT Trained, licensed and marriage family therapist

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Leslie Yeargers (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT, Certified Sex Informed Couples Counselor

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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Julia Chapman (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T1622

My therapy framework is largely psychodynamic, so I work with clients to understanding dynamics, patterns and roles they play in their family currently, as well as coping strategies they developed growing up. My experience ranges from helping clients share secrets, individuate financially, process life changes like deaths and marriages, and repair damaged relationships.

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Sunya Grantham

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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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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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