Parent/Child Conflict Therapy

Conflict between parents and their children has been increasing both in numbers and intensity in today’s chaotic environment. While every household has its ups and downs, the tipping point comes when the relationship between an adult and a child is more often than not comprised of ongoing arguments, temper tantrums and negativity towards one another. That’s where Symmetry Counseling’s Parent/Child Conflict Therapy comes in.

As Chicago’s relationship counseling experts, we have a depth of experience dealing with parent/child conflict and offer therapeutic solutions that will allow your family to rejoice in a mutual understanding that is stronger than ever before.

While some parent/child conflict has a tendency to resolve itself on its own, more severe cases can have a huge impact on family relations, especially on a child’s mindset and attitude. Not only will an adult experience emotional drainage leading to stress, anxiety or even mood swings, but the child can experience something even worse including self-esteem issues, anger, depression, aggression or physical effects including lack of sleep, loss of appetite and stress.

So how do you know if your family is faced with a parent/child conflict? Here are several signs to look out for:

  • High anxiety
Inappropriate anger expression in the form of verbal or physical outbursts
Passive-aggressive behaviors and temper tantrums
  • Mixed feeling-states such as labile or dysphoric conditions
  • Unresolved emotional pain resulting in sadness
Resentment over parental expectations
  • Frustration and hopelessness
Poor relational boundaries between adult and child
  • Emotional manipulation over negotiation
  • Communication that results in disrespectful statements

Symmetry Counseling can help eliminate or minimize parent/child conflicts through sessions with our expert counselors. We provide a safe and secure environment where parents and children can reveal their thoughts and emotions, allowing us to help you put a stop to the negativity in your family.

We’ll start by reducing symptoms, deepening connections between the adult and child, teaching coping and problem solving skills and improving communication between members to facilitate understanding.