Patch Pro: Figuring Out Family Conflicts

Ask this week's experts questions about family conflicts.

With the holiday season in full swing, conflict among some family members might be unavoidable. 

For two days at Patch, our pros will answer your questions about family conflict.

This week, our pros are:

  • Megan Bearce, LMFT, who specializes in supporting high-achieving women of all ages, but also works with men, couples, and parents of gifted kids. She has offices in Wayzata and Edina. 
  • Jenny Reimann, MSW, LICSW of Reimann Counseling Clinic in Maple Grove, serves as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.
  • Craig Rens, MA, LMFT, and Clinical Director of . He is a licensed individual, couples, and family therapist and is specifically trained to treat and improve couples and family relationships regardless of their current condition. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5 our experts will take questions from Patch users about family conflicts. 

So go ahead and ask away! Leave your questions in the comments area below and they’ll check back regularly through Wednesday to answer your questions.

Editor's note: The contents of this post and comments are for informational and educational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

Craig Rens December 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
It has been a pleasure answering your questions. Thank you Patch Readers, Patch Staff, Megan, and Jenny for an enjoyable couple of days!
Megan Bearce, LMFT December 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I like what the others have said about setting boundaries. I like to explore the motto "Just because you can, doesn't mean you have to." with clients and see what the conversation brings forth. Another question: "What is the worst thing that could happen with any given choice?" You and your family can best answer those. Change can be hard for people no matter what that change relates to and so some people might be upset while others could be very happy or relieved, and I'm also hearing that not changing feels really hard too. Best of luck with whatever you and your family decides for this year.
Megan Bearce, LMFT December 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
thanks for all the questions! It was fun to be a part of this panel the past two days. Happy holidays.
Jenny Reimann December 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I would like to say thank you too. I had a great time answering the questions from readers. Thank you to the Patch, the readers, Craig, and Megan. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Wendy Erlien December 05, 2012 at 11:28 PM
To close out this week's Patch Pro edition, just a quick "thank you" to all our experts for participating and "thank you" to the readers for their questions. It is appreciated!


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