Divorce is difficult, no matter the reasons for it, and co-parenting can be a mine field of stress, resentment and disappointment.
Support before, during and after the separation can significantly improve emotional and physical well-being for you and your kids. I help parents make new family plans and resolve differences as they arise, based on what is best for your children's long-term care and development. With experienced coaching you can sidestep the most damaging co-parenting issues.
Co-Parenting Counseling is focused on improving parent-to-parent communication.
Parents who are divorced or no longer living together recognize that raising children can become a daunting task. Communicating about, negotiating over and caring for the children are areas filled with potential conflict. It is easy for parents to make the assumption that when things aren't going well for or about their children it is the other parent's fault and it is easy for old conflicts to re-surface. Unfortunately parents sometimes resort to relying on the court to resolve their disagreement and this often exacerbates the conflict. Lost in all the conflict are the children.
Research indicates that children thrive when the adults in their lives model effective conflict resolution strategies. Parents must develop these skills. An inability to manage conflict undermines the children's well being and in-turn makes parents unhappy. In addition, parents who continue to be preoccupied with anger, resentment and contempt are unable to successfully move on with their lives.
How I Can Help: I assist parents in deepening their understanding and respect for their children's needs. During my initial meeting with parents I assist them in developing goals for co-parenting counseling. Some families seek counseling during the divorce process for assistance developing their families parenting plan including conversations about health, special needs of the children, educational issues and extracurricular activities. This plan can be submitted to an attorney, mediator or the court as part of a self-drafted marital settlement agreement.