Separation and Divorce Coaching Programs
Divorce is considered to be one of the most stressful life events after the death of a loved one. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, feelings of stuckness, cycles of anger and blame can cause significant mental health issues for divorcing spouses and children.
Once a decision is made to separate or divorce, navigating separation and endings and rearchitecting a relationship can be challenging. Regardless of the circumstances, endings and transitions in relationships can include a complexity of challenges including assessing and getting perspective on the relationship, managing feelings, negotiating separation agreements, division of assets, coparenting, and more. Divorce coaching and/or therapy can be an important resource to help you navigate it in a healthy, growth-oriented, optimal way, while grieving and navigating a significant loss.
Sometimes people come to therapy to determine if they should stay together. Often one person may be leaning out while it pulls the other to lean in and fight for the relationship. Or one person has already left the relationship and the other needs support in leaving. This can be a challenging experience for all.
Discernment Counseling is an option that can help partners get clarity about their commitment and willingness to work on the relationship. Through the process of assessing needs, values, and what’s important to you at this stage in your life and relationship, discernment counseling can help people get clearer on the question of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”.
Emotional Freedom Divorce Coaching and Retreats
Life is short and the costs of being stuck in the negative cycles of divorce can be costly – emotionally, mentally, financially, and more. I offer Divorce Programs and Retreats that include a 21-day Online Emotional Freedom Coaching Program and an individualized Haven 7-day Retreat for those wanting to drop in, and realize the benefits of an intensive retreat over a short amount of time with lots of 1:1 coaching time. For more information, click here.
Collaborative Practice Divorce Coaching
Collaborative Practice is a team approach to resolving conflict using a friendly and collaborative process that keeps the clients in control of their future and maintains what is most important: family, finances, and emotional health (as defined by the California Chapter of Collaborative Practice).
Collaborative Practice is a national model that helps couples divorce using specially trained professional teams of attorneys, divorce coaches, and a financial neutral that work together to help couples divorce in a supportive environment without litigation. This model helps couples make the important decisions regarding custody, assets, and other important issues rather than a judge. When couples decide for themselves what’s important regarding the best custody, coparenting, and financial arrangements, they are much more likely to be bought into the outcome. The process helps couples communicate about what’s important and reach important decisions and agreements while reducing the adversary approach of litigation. This model helps couples who want more control over their future find mutually agreeable solutions that reflect the goals and welfare of both parties and their children.
As a Collaborative Practice Divorce Coach, I help people navigate the intense emotions that can arise, and move through challenges, feel more empowered in their decision-making, and move forward. Moving forward helps build resiliency, and helps you to help your children be resilient. Call 650-332-4656 or email email@example.com to discuss your situation and whether Collaborative Practice is right for you.
CoParenting is a post-divorce parenting arrangement in which both parents continue to jointly participate in their children’s upbringing and activities. This involves a substantial amount of interaction between the parents (both in public and in private).
In order for it to work, both spouses need to be fully committed to maintaining civility and setting aside any differences for the benefit of their children.
When divorcing spouses choose to co-parent, they must develop a co-parenting plan as part of the divorce process. This plan is designed to help ensure that they are on the same page enough to co-parent effectively and to proactively address issues such as healthcare decision-making and extracurricular transportation so that opportunities for conflict are minimal. Co-parenting isn’t right for everyone; but, when it works, it can help children and parents alike cope with life after divorce.
When parents are constantly in conflict and unable to communicate effectively, the parallel parenting model allows the parents to spend time with their children independently in order to minimize the risk that their hostile relationship will be harmful to their children. Rather than structuring a co-parenting plan that fosters joint interaction between the parents and their children, divorcing spouses will develop a parallel parenting plan that minimizes the need for interaction as much as possible. However, due to the nature of relationships requiring parallel parenting, developing a parallel parenting plan often means going to court and having a judge establish a plan based upon the arguments and evidence presented by both spouses.
For both CoParenting and Parallel Parenting, parents will typically need to establish legally-enforceable rules and requirements regarding issues such as:
- Speaking negatively of one another in front of their children
- Using their children as an intermediary for communications
- Decision-making authority regarding shopping, friends, curfew, extracurricular sign-ups, and similar child-related matters
- Appropriate times for communicating outside of their children’s presence
- Monitoring and scheduling children’s communications with one parent during the other’s parenting time
Developing solution oriented coparenting plans can help minimize the impact on children and support the best transition for them as possible after the loss and grief of separation. Support during this time, especially for high conflict couples or situations that involve betrayal or hurt, can help manage feelings, identify needs, and navigate the delicate task of coparenting. Paths to Wellness provides care and support through all phases of discernment and separation.
Resilient people become stronger, cultivate more wisdom by learning from the past,
and are able to move forward more quickly.