I am privileged, as a Psychologist and MFT in private practice, to witness and to participate in the lives of my clients at a deep level. As we work together to articulate the problem and work toward resolution, I am honoured to learn and grow along with my clients. We are together in this thing called ‘human life’.
This perspective allows me to generate new ideas and to reflect on old ones. My hope is that some of the reflections here will be useful to you.
Remember that as you go through the process of separation and divorce, you are writing the story of your children’s parents’ divorce.
In general we think of having good financial resources as a strength for a family. Unfortunately, in the area of separation and divorce, these assets can be a liability.
As the legal community moves from traditional law into the ‘therapeutic territory’ of collaborative processes, the treatment of children’s issues can also move in a therapeutic direction.
The 3 way coaching team is part of Collaborative Divorce, an approach developed for assisting families through separation and divorce without engaging in court based litigation.
Part of what makes separation and divorce so difficult to discuss is that there are many different experiences.
Collaborative Family Law represents a massive paradigm shift for family lawyers from adversarial to collaborative processes.
What are the basic elements of a CP practice group? Well, it is us, of course; the individuals from law, psychology, finance and other professions that make up the Collaborative Practice community.
I have found A Theory of Everything (also known as the Integral Approach) very useful in helping me sort through my experiences as a participant in the Collaborative Practice movement.
Over the past 30 plus years, researchers have extensively studied the risks to children before, during and after parental separation.