It is widely accepted that parental conflict during/after divorce is highly associated with the development of a number of problems their children will have to struggle with, in some cases, for the rest of their lives. As a mental health professional with 25 years of experience with children, families, couples, and the legal community, I specialize in facilitating co-parenting agreements. While I am not a CFI or a PCDM, I am a highly informed, experienced, practical professional who supports parents who sincerely invite collaboration for the short-term and long-term benefit of their children, themselves, and their extended families. Together, the focus is on co-parenting your children now and as their and your developmental needs change. I support you with respect to the court in creating and maintaining a plan that works, one that is grounded in strong developmental, attachment, psychobiological, and legal frameworks.
What about an acting out child or adolescent, or one who may resist/refuse contact with a parent? What about hostile extended family members? What about an ex who has more money than you do and will use it to take you to court over anything or nothing, just to make sure you know you’re in “golden handcuffs”? What about a co-parent who might have good intentions but doesn’t really know how to parent with a plan? How will you handle a new adult relationship? These are just a very few of the issues that come up.
I want to get to know you and your old and new family. Who’s who? Where is everybody coming from? I always ask, “What’s the history of your situation; what are the immediate needs of everyone involved; what are short-term goals; where is everyone possibly headed; what are the obstacles; where are strengths and resources; and how can I support you–parents, children, and families–in achieving stability, health, and growth through and after divorce?”