This involves providing consultation and support to people going through a divorce, whether there are children involved or not. This is different than counseling that often focuses on helping people with problems. We look at:
- Coping with your divorcing spouse.
- Providing a safe and calm environment to cope with all of the changes related to a divorce.
- How you are interacting with your spouse, and whether any intense emotions are interfering with your ability to resolve disputes and negotiate reasonable agreements about the divorce.
- How to identify these intense emotions and to find other appropriate outlets, instead of acting them out with your spouse.
- How to help and support your children and teens during this process.
- How to identify your own parenting strengths and weakness and those of the other parent.
- How to identify your needs and those of your children and teens, and to advocate for the children/teen’s needs.
- How to support your children and teens having a positive relationship with the other parent.
- How to help you, your children and teens deal with the loss and grief during this time.
This includes parents who are going through a divorce, and parents wanting to strengthen their parenting skills. We look at
- How to improve communication with your children and teens, including being a good listener.
- Helping children and teens be able to identify their own feelings and appropriately express them.
- Understanding your strengths and weakness in being a parent and those of the other parent.
- Understanding the developmental needs and abilities of your children and teens, including understanding how they think and develop good friendships.
- How to develop age appropriate expectations and use of discipline.
- How to set up focused behavior plans.