“Divorce does not have to be traumatic for the children. Grief and pain are inevitable and the parents and stepparents get to choose whether their families rise or fall after divorce. It is absolutely possible to create a healthy family paradigm where children experience positive relationships with both parents and respective families and foster emotional intelligence, respect, cooperation, and feelings of worthiness and belonging within their children at an even greater capacity. ” Christi Zerega, LPC
Recommended for mild to moderate parental conflict, co-parent counseling is child-focused and confidential process that provides the opportunity for parents to understand and learn basic principles on how to create a new family paradigm that is healthy and positive for the entire family.
Co-parent counseling helps parents learn to communicate effectively and efficiently in a business-like manner and leaves out emotions in order to solely focus on the children.
Having a third party present can be instrumental in realigning the co-parents relationship learning to cooperate with each other.
Co-parent counseling is structured into two parts; the first part is helping to restructure the parents’ communication so they can learn to more effectively and safely approach each other either in person or in writing. The second part addresses issues involving children and can range from behavioral problems to logistical issues. The primary goal is for parents to relearn effective communication patterns since it has been consistently shown that if the communication between parents isn’t improved right away, co-parent counseling will fail. When co-parent counseling succeeds, children respond positively and many of the issues that are exacerbated through the process of divorce (anxiety, behavioral, lack of motivation, etc.) dissipate rather quickly.
Christi is certified by The Cooperative Parenting Institute as a Co-Parenting Counselor and provides individual consultations to both parents.
Please see resources page for more information and guides for divorcing parents.
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Christi S. Zerega is a LPC dedicated to educating and connecting to the HUMANNESS in parents and children.