I offer co-parenting counseling for parents going through separation/divorce to help them communicate effectively around day to day parenting issues related to the children. I also help parents navigate the changes that occur through separation, such as parenting in separate households, managing conflict, talking to their children about the divorce, keeping the children out of the middle of parental issues and maintaining structure and consistency for their children. All of these support healthy development in children with separating/divorcing parents. Co-parenting counseling involves structured, collaborative meetings with myself and both parents to identify areas of disagreement around the children. My role is to help parents reach agreements and/or assist them in creating parenting plans. These strategies help in both reducing conflict and creating a greater sense of safely and security for the children.
Between Love and Hate: A Guide to Civilized Divorce by J Lois Gold
Getting to Yes by Fisher, Ury & Patton
Putting Children First by JoAnne Pedro-Carroll Ph.D
Tasks for Children of Divorce
WHAT SHOULD WE TELL THE CHILDREN- Developing a Narrative
Creating a narrative about why mom and dad are separating can be very difficult to do especially because parents fear they are going to cause more pain and emotional distress by talking about it. There is no perfect way but planning it out can be very helpful. One important thing to keep in mind is that the narrative will change as your child gets older and just because they're not asking, doesn't mean they are not thinking about it, and in most cases creating their own story of why their parents split up. Click here for the 5 Key elements to Developing a Narrative
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