Supporting Co-parents

Co-parent counseling is for parents who are divorced, separated or never-married and living apart, but share custody of their child(ren). This is often a challenging situation; while your relationship with your child’s other parent may be over, the family is not. Co-parent counseling helps parents develop a new relationship focused on what’s best for their child(ren).

While some couples can separate with a minimum of conflict or may even be friends, most parents find themselves struggling to separate personal and parenting relationships and feelings. This is where co-parent counseling can help. Co-parenting does not have to be an excruciating experience that ruins your chance at happiness or stresses out your children. When both parents make a commitment to communicating for the sake of parenting, they can parent in a way that is effective for everyone. Improving communication is a critical part of successful co-parenting. It can be hard to put aside the past, especially when hurt feelings are very fresh. However, in learning new ways to understand and work past conflict, you and your former partner will move forward in a new way.

Benefits of Successful Co-parenting

Children benefit from having the support of both parents. Breaking up with or divorcing a partner or spouse doesn’t mean you’re divorcing the kids who still need and want the love and support of both their parents. Children and teens whose parents work to establish a positive co-parenting relationship:

  • Are more likely to feel safe and secure. They are less likely to act out and often are able to transition with fewer negative impacts on friendships, school and home life.
  • Are less likely to feel they must choose between parents.
  • Benefit from consistency between their two homes. It’s hard enough to remember one set of rules, much less two. When parents can work together to set similar rules and routines, kids know what to expect and it reduces the potential for arguments with.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to problem-solve and work diplomatically in difficult situations. Parents who are able to do this are great role models for maintaining healthy relationship.

Co-parent Counseling

Allows you to...

Individual psychotherapy that utilizes a relationship based approach along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist in clients tuning into their experience, connect, and have quality help in making changes to their thoughts and actions.

  • Improve social skills
  • Assertiveness training
  • Problem-Solving
  • Identify of emotions
  • Cope with emotions
  • Improve communication
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Process challenging situations

Focuses on...

For the single parent, co-parents, or intact parents. Address the parent child relationship as well as communication patterns to help lesson conflict and foster a loving relationship. Includes support in navigating the choices in community and school programs.

  • Reduce conflict
  • Gain awareness of parenting style
  • Improve communication
  • Increase knowledge in behavior modification Process diagnosis
  • Set boundaries
  • Increase connection
  • Learn and understand all of the acronyms!

Reasons to Seek Support...

Address the feelings and needs paying special attention to the quality of their relationships within the family.

  • Increase relationship satisfaction
  • Increase understanding of condition
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assertive Communication training
  • Increase connection
  • Gain compassion and empathy