Conflict management is grounded on the principle that conflict lies at the center piece of emotional distress. Conflict might occur internally, interpersonally, or externally (situation-dependent). These issues may be the result of one or more core concerns that are recurring, leading to conflict. Most conflicts are because of differences and cannot not truly be resolved. There the goal of managing conflict is to clearly understand each position and to compromise when these differences create an impasse.
People who learn how to manage conflict develop the skills necessary to adequately address any future circumstances that might otherwise result in conflict or impasse. During treatment, our therapist will characteristically note any core concerns and encourage the exploration of these concerns. A therapist will also evaluate patterns of interaction, address negative communication patterns, and model effective dialoguing skills. Over the course of therapy, you will learn how to avoid emotional detours, how to communicate safely, and how to manage emotional distress.
The therapy involves skills training in efforts to help you learn how to redirect conflict without emotional detouring. With your therapist, you will incorporate imagery and communication as the primary tools for exploration and problem-solving. We will teach you skills that can allow you to apply these strategies when facing difficult situations. These skills may also help prevent conflict in the future.
Conflict management therapy aims to manage conflict in a positive way. In our day to day life, conflict is a normal and healthy part of daily functioning. However, when conflict is mismanaged, it can harm a relationship. Yet, when handled in a respectful and positive way, conflict provides an opening for growth, ultimately strengthening the relationship.
By learning the successful conflict management skills, you can keep your personal and professional relationships durable, because conflict arises from differences. People disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas, or desires, all potential for conflict.
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Readdressing conflict with the proper skills can aid individuals to effectively address challenges that arise from differences and avoid unnecessary relationship distress.
Through the process of exploring the feelings associated with the conflict, our therapist can help you discover ways to identify new behavior patterns. These patterns may help you avoid engaging in adverse actions and reactions in the future. Overall, the approach implements these basic stages during the treatment process:
- First, express your initial positions on the conflict
- Second, explore the underlying concerns while focusing on core concerns
- Third, create and establish a mutually agreed-upon plan that meets the needs of all participants.
Conflict management therapy will provide a well-adjusted mix of therapy and skills training, and our well-trained therapist will be able to integrate skill-building activities and therapeutic interventions. Here at Lifeworks, we serve the community of Carrollton, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and the surrounding cities. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today.