My approach to co-parenting counselling starts with the parents. I believe children do best when parents (together or not) can communicate effectively, provide safety & security and an environment where they can develop and grow into who they are meant to be. I believe parents need to be stronger, wiser, kinder and their children’s go-to person(s). This framework means I start with the parents and only invite children in if and when it is developmentally appropriate and in the child’s best interest.
This might be for you, if…
- you want to improve your parenting with your co-parent (you can be together or not) to find more peace and harmony in your family.
- your children are being negatively impacted due to conflict with your co-parent (the more conflict, the more your children are being negatively impacted)
- you want to have better communication and a more positive relationship with your co-parent
- you want a neutral third party to facilitate a conversation between you and your co-parent
- you want to reduce your involvement with the adversarial and costly court system
- you think your child needs counselling to fix their problems, I believe parents are children’s best answer and I can help you to parent differently
- you are a step-parent and you and your partner need some tools and strategies to work together to parent (step-parenting is very different than parenting your own children, come in and learn how)
What you can gain from Co-Parenting Counselling:
- a parenting framework to reduce conflict and increase everyone’s well-being
- happier children who feel safe & secure, which reduces behaviours
- knowledge, insight & strategies that support you in your parenting journey
- more fulfilling family life
- more acceptance and self-compassion for yourself and others in your life
What Co-Parenting Counselling is not:
- it is not mediation, although you can work on parenting agreements
- it is not legally binding, although your lawyer(s) or a judge may recommend it to improve your co-parenting relationship
- it is not about parenting capacity or decisions about custody
- it is not about evidence for court
The following videos are strongly recommended to help you prepare and engage with counselling and may also save you some money.