Conflict Management Therapy

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About Us

The goal of Michelle Barratt Psychology, a general and clinical psychologist- Toowong and Wynnum, a clinical psychology practice with offices in Toowong, Redland Bay, Wynnum, and Manly, is to offer the best possible conflict management therapy in Brisbane. The practice places a high importance on providing assistance and care that not only aims to make clients feel safe, heard, and understood but also aims to provide efficient care that will enable clients to gain new skills that will help them in the future. Our therapeutic philosophies are designed to assist all kids, teens, adults, couples, and families in resolving their current problems in order to achieve their long-term wellbeing.

What is Conflict?

In line with Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, a conflict is a crucial period when a person fights to develop a certain psychological quality. This period, which is sometimes referred to as a psychological crisis, can be one in which the person is both vulnerable and strong as they strive for success or failure.Although the term “conflict” is often used, in psychology it refers to any situation in which actions, goals, or ideas are in opposition to or incompatible with one another. Conflicts may arise between two individuals, nations, groups, or even inside a single individual (an internal conflict). In order to have peace, productivity, or harmony, conflicts must be resolved because they are problematic.

Relationship Conflict

Unfortunately, conflicts arise naturally in most relationships and are an integral part of daily life. Although the issues themselves are frequently negative, not all conflict has to be. If couples learned how to manage the conflict or negative events or issues they confront, getting through the dispute could really build a relationship.According to Tillet (2005), “conflict can, nevertheless, foster new ideas, inspire better understanding, develop personal connections, drive individual growth, and assist more effective problem solving.” (p.1)

Therefore, how issues are resolved in conflict can make them ubiquitous and eat away at the positive aspects of our relationships rather than strengthen or add to them. According to research, the mind contributes to conflict in a significant way. When seen negatively, conflict is typically viewed as destructive, unpleasant, and unwanted. Conflict frequently elicits negative reactions, which can be harmful for the individual, for relationships, and for groups.

What Does Conflict Do to a Relationship ?

The majority of the time, conflict hinders communication, shatters relationships (with long-term negative effects on not just the individuals experiencing the conflict, but more often than not has a ripple effect affecting other people’s lives for years to come), destroys lives, causes problems beyond those they started with, and erects barriers that can take years, if not always, to remove.

How should Conflict Mostly Dealt With?

  • Avoided
  • Suppressed
  • Concealed or
  • Fought Over

How Is a Relationship Conflict Started (precipitated) and Maintained (perpetuated)?

Relationship conflict can result from a wide range of problems, including having different standards, expectations, and value systems, being incompatible, using negative communication techniques (passive, passive-aggressive, or aggressive), not developing the relationship together, and failing to understand one another’s needs and wants.Conflict frequently arises subtly; as a result, it can fester until it feels as though you can no longer share the same viewpoint. Four of the most destructive conflict precipitation and maintenance factors that, if ignored, can frequently result in the breakdown of a relationship are crucial for couples to be aware of:

  • Criticism
  • Speaking with contempt
  • Denial: Not taking responsibility for you went wrong in the conflict
  • Stonewalling: When conflict arises – a partner will either walk away, stop-speaking, and just stop engaging when they decide it’s over, existing in silence
  • Obsessive Reasoning: – refusing to listen and absorb and understand the view of the other party. Staying ‘on point’ of where they stand and thus refusing to try to empathise with the other party’s feelings or perspective.

It would be incredibly wise to seek out couple counselling if you are having problems in your relationship. To deal with conflict when it comes, you must have the ability to manage and resolve conflicts. Nobody can guarantee that unpleasant circumstances or problems won’t emerge, but how you handle disagreement can be the difference between a successful and unhappy marriage.

Author: Michelle Barratt

What is Conflict Resolution

Exploring the root of the conflict or the many issues that a family or couple is facing can be done through the conflict resolution process in a safe and nonjudgmental setting. Conflict therapy seeks to identify and work through the main causes of the conflict in a compassionate and understanding manner.

Generally speaking, conflict resolution In the course of counselling, the conflict we observe is expressed and better understood from the perspectives of “both” parties. Before beginning the reconciliation process, we examine and identify the feelings, viewpoints, ideals, prior experiences, and things that continue to affect both sides.In addition, various conflict-related features that resemble the undercurrents in a river system are investigated. The conflict is frequently being driven by something that we cannot see or that is not actually showing itself.

Conflict resolution can occasionally be a confrontational and challenging process, but it can also lead to personal growth, the development of good communication and problem-solving skills, and the sensation of some-what liberation!

Processes for resolving conflicts can also provide that assistance to individuals involved in a range of conflicts. Michelle Barratt’s conflict resolution methods provide a range of interventions that lead and instruct you in how to interact with one another more constructively, handle conflicts more skilfully, and cultivate relationships rather than destroy them.

How Can Resolution Be Sought?

Conflict resolution is typically only possible when both sides are willing to at least talk about the issue(s). For conflict resolution to be successful, both parties must be present cognitively and emotionally. Make an online reservation if all parties agree they can participate in “Conflict Resolution Counselling” if that is the case..

When Is Conflict Resolution Mostly Sought?

When two or more parties realise that their disagreement cannot be managed or resolved on their own, they typically seek conflict resolution. Unfortunately, both parties now feel as though there is no end in sight to their pain and that there will never be any kind of resolution. The majority of the time, people seek out conflict resolution when they have exhausted their existing arsenal of conflict management techniques but believe they are in a position to learn new ones in order to manage, resolve, or repair the harm that has already been done. Conflict resolution is not just about learning about the other side; it may also be about learning about oneself and about how to develop more skilfully to handle conflict in the future.

Author: Michelle Barratt

When not to seek resolution

Please realise that it is highly recommended to first seek individual counselling if domestic abuse has occurred or is currently occuring in your relationship before seeking Conflict Resolution Counseling or assistance. This is so that you can repair and heal some of the suffering you might be feeling right now through private counselling. Each party must be in a position where they can confidently assert that they are emotionally capable of handling any form of “Conflict Resolution Counseling.”

If you think you are a victim of relationship abuse of any kind (sexual, verbal, physical, psychological, or financial), please click this link https://www.dvconnect.org/ right away and get help from a professional.

If any form of abuse is taking place in your relationship, you cannot seek relationship counselling or dispute resolution. However, if you require individual counselling for any abuse you are experiencing, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Barratt or the services you believe will best meet your needs.

Author: Michelle Barratt

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