My Approach to Helping
My specialty is guiding and counseling couples and families through their life journey. Whether you are a new couple looking for tools to build a solid foundation or a couple in crisis looking for a life raft, I am here for you. If you and your children are transitioning through divorce or are a newly blended family, I help family members heal while finding balance and harmony within the new family structure.
Couples counseling is one area of my specialty. I work with couples to help them understand how one another's perspectives, beliefs and life history play roles in the current relationship and assist them in finding a balance that creates harmony. I have many years of experience working with new couples, blended families and couples who have been together for over 20 years who are seeking assistance.
With children, play therapy is used to help them resolve issues on their level. Families play an important role in children's healing processes. The interaction between children's problems and their families is always complex. Sometimes children develop problems as a way of signaling that there is something wrong in the family. Other times the entire family becomes distressed because the child's problems are so disruptive. In all cases, children and families heal faster when they work together.
I am also a Registered Divorce Mediator, Divorce Coach and Child Specialist in the Collaborative Divorce process as well as in traditionally litigated cases. A Divorce coach is a skilled, licensed mental health professional trained to manage a wide variety of emotions and issues that arise during divorce.
Divorce is both an ending and a beginning. I help you anticipate and include your need to move forward, and make the future of your children a top priority. In a respectful, dignified process, I support your family's goals for a smoother transition to the next stage of your lives. I ease the emotional strains of a breakup, and help you understand and work to protect the well-being of your children. Co-Parent counseling is another component of the work I do with divorced families.
Since a divorce is 80% emotional and 20% legal, a Divorce Coach can make a tremendous difference in helping your family settle the divorce. I assist you with your grief or resistance to negotiations. I provide support while helping prepare you for negotiations or court and helping prepare you for the future as a single adult. Divorce coaching may continue post divorce, if the issues they are addressing are related to the divorce process.