Conflict resolution therapy designs primarily for couples and friendships to work through issues.
How did conflict resolution therapy come about?
- There was a recognition that people can communicative in a more collaborative way when conflict resolution is addressed and skills are developed.
- The goal is that all the parties involved can feel as if they have achieved a "win-win" scenario
What are the techniques involved in conflict resolution therapy?
- When we are in conflict, negative emotions can form out of an individual's natural response system
- If conflict is not addressed appropriately or at the root cause, negative emotional states can linger and develop into situations that can have lasting consequences
- Fight --- person may attempt to dominate the person or situation; this can lead to things like anger, paranoia, and borderline functioning
- Flight --- person tries to avoid, distract, or leave from the situation; this can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, and isolation
- Submit --- a person may be overly accommodating and gives in too easily; can lead to depression
- Immobilization --- person is unable to act or make decisions; can lead to anxiety issues, including panic attacks and isolation
- People are taught skills that can allow them to find harmony with one another and unite when facing tough situations --- work together instead of becoming combative
- Basic steps during the process of treatment:
- Expression of initial positions
- Exploration of underlying concerns (focusing on core concerns)
- Creating and establishing a mutually agreed-upon plan that meets the needs of both parties involved
- Balance a mix of therapy and skills training
- If a family origin issue comes up during therapy
How can conflict resolution therapy help?
- This therapy is based on the assumption that conflict lies at the root of emotional distress
- Conflict can be the result of one or more concerns
- Conflict resolution can take note of core concerns and encourage the exploration of of these concerns
Here at Madrigal, we are committed to addressing issues related to stress management in a holistic manner.
*This information was adapted from Good Therapy. Click this link for more information.*