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.