- Going through separation or divorce?
- Are you negotiating a parenting plan or schedule of visitation?
- Are you struggling or fighting with your child’s other parent about how to parent?
Do you find that you just can’t agree on:
- How to divide your child’s time between you and the other parent.
- Holiday and weekend schedules.
- Financial responsibilities.
- Who makes the decisions about childcare, health care, education, and extracurricular activities.
- How to communicate about your child’s school, health and behavioral problems.
- How to communicate in front of the child.
- Medical emergencies and first options for child care.
Many parents are shocked by how difficult all of this is to figure out while also going through the enormous heartache (and headache!) of separation and divorce.
Feelings of sadness and disillusionment, betrayal and hurt may permeate the negotiation process, making it difficult to be clear headed about what may be in your child’s best interests. Often, parents feel guilty because they think the children are suffering and shame because they feel they failed to keep the family together.
Asking for help from a professional can feel vulnerable and scary, but it also shows how important your family is to you! It gives you an opportunity to take an important step toward finding peace and creating a healthy family environment where you can all thrive.
I mediate these conflicts and challenges in a compassionate and neutral environment. Using a parenting plan guideline and a model of understanding in conflict, I will support you in recognizing what is in the best interests of your children. We will also work on building your communication skills to allow for healthier, empathic communication and more effective co-parenting.
I coordinate and facilitate groups for both children and parents experiencing separation and divorce through Kids’ Turn, an organization dedicated to helping families move through this very challenging change in their lives. Using the tool of building emotional intelligence, families learn how to better care for themselves and one another, while giving room for each member to speak freely about the gains and losses they are experiencing.