Our Co-Parenting Therapy Program Helps You and Your Children Through Divorce and Separation. Divorce with Less Conflict
Getting a divorce can be costly. We start from the premise that conflict is an expensive strategy. So we are excited to offer a structured therapy & counseling program designed to help couples who are parting ways and have difficult questions to face regarding the custody of their children in a way that is in the best interest of the children. Some call it "conscious uncoupling."
Dr. Stacy Kim Johnston has been working with separating and divorcing couples for over ten years. Her principle aim is to help you learn co-parenting skills to ensure the well being of your children through this potentially difficult transition. Additional benefits include saving money by staying out of court, saving heartache and anguish by preventing acrimonious battles, waged by expensive attorneys. You may also find that it will help you both stay in control of a situation that could easily spiral downward, which may only hurt the children emotionally. The bottom line is that it just makes sense to be thoughtful and deliberate about splitting up, keeping in mind that although you may not agree on much, you agree that the love you have for your children is paramount.
Phase 1: Individual Parent Evaluation. A full intake interview and assessment we do separately with each parent to evaluate: his/her feelings about the dissolution of the relationship, needs for support, logistics of each parent’s living situation and what their parenting capabilities are, etc. A Parent Intake Questionnaire (PIQ) will be filled out in this session and will supplement this information.
Phase 2: Individual Parent Consultations. Four to eight sessions spent with each parent separately to come up with individual treatment goals to work on when joint sessions begin, to work through any anger or resentment prior to meeting jointly. Joint sessions will only begin when both parties are ready to communicate effectively.
Phase 3: Con-joint Co-Parenting Consultations. Four to eight sessions spent with both parents to establish boundaries, agreed upon goals, and solutions to anticipated, hypothetical conflicts (using role-play when feasible). We work through current conflicts when both parties are emotionally stable enough to communicate effectively.
Phase 4. Evaluation of the children. Evaluation and assessment of the children's emotional needs, with a focus on preservation and promotion of relationship with both parents. As an objective 3rd party, we are in a unique position to help the parents understand their children's needs and we will communicate these needs and our recommendations so that there is less chance of differing opinions.
Phase 5: Family Sessions. Six to eight sessions dedicated to helping family through transition, with the main goals of consistent co-parenting and ensuring children feel loved by both parent figures. We also work to establish problem communication and resolution strategies and strive to reach a goal of each parent promoting a relationship between his/her child and the other partner.