Jennifer Seip, MA Individual, Couples & Sex Therapy

What Is Conflict Resolution?

Individuals or couples who seek therapy for conflict resolution are those who are experiencing distress because they are clashing with others. This could mean fighting with a romantic partner(s), family member(s), work colleague(s), or friend(s). Seeking help with conflict resolution means that you want to be able to have less stress in your life while knowing that if a disagreement happens, a calm conversation can be had instead of a fierce dispute.


What Are Some Symptoms Of Dealing With A Relationship That Has Conflict?

Some symptoms that appear when you are fighting with your partner are:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Worthlessness
  • Low Self Esteem


What Are Some Treatments for Conflict Resolution?

Emotionally Focused Therapy – To increase empathy and to learn how to hear each persons needs

Family Systems Therapy – To learn how to communicate so that every person feels heard and to teach individuals and couples how to have a conversation without conflict.

Solution Focused Therapy – To teach both the individual and couple how to solve conflict.

Mindfulness – For individuals and couples who have trouble being emotionally present during a high conflict situation.


How Do You Work With Individuals Or Couples Who Would Like Therapy For Conflict Resolution?

I see many clients who are struggling to communicate in their relationship. Often people get caught up in what the fight was about instead of fixing the process through which the argument escalates. During arguments people react in one of three ways. We either fight back, freeze and do nothing, or run away. This is because adrenaline and stress hormones flood our brains. Conflict isn’t fun and our minds and body cope by shutting off. In order to fix this I teach you how to process your thoughts appropriately and calmly, and express them in ways that are not defensive, accusatory, or mean. Successful clients leave feeling heard, safe, important, and loved.