Coparent counseling is a service available to coparents experiencing troubles with communication, boundaries, or simply dealing with tension. Coparenting counseling is helpful to parents to find new ways to improve effective ways to navigate disagreements while best supporting the child(ren) in between homes.
1. Decrease litigation and the risk of future litigation
2. Improve and support healthy and appropriate boundaries between parents
3. Practice, support and enhance healthy forms of communication between parents.
What to expect
Coparenting counseling is divided into 3 types of services: individual, parent, and team sessions. Sessions are designed to best support the current parent dynamic in a safe supportive way while identifying the parents strengths and challenges. The sessions are defined as:
- Individual sessions: these sessions are for the biological/custodial parent to address
their specific needs and challenges without the fear of increasing tension between
parents. Individual sessions are up to 60 minutes and can include step parents and other
supportive parties involved in the child(ren)'s care. While other family members can be
included, it is important to focus on the individual parent's needs and multiple people
can decrease the use of time focused on just the parent. It is HIGHLY recommended that
the first session be individual sessions for each parent at different times.
- Parent sessions: parent sessions are focused on joint sessions with only the two parents
involved in the custody agreement/disagreements. These sessions run up to 90 minutes.
For these sessions to be successful it is important that individual parents demonstrate the
ability and willingness to wait their turn to talk, refrain from negative/derogatory
statements, and allow the other person some grace to struggle without using session as
a means to impact any current or future court case. If any of these are unable to be met,
the session will be terminated.
- Team sessions: When the parenting unit shows the ability to demonstrate healthy and
beneficial behavior in parent sessions, it is ideal to have step parents and parents in
sessions to help create and foster healthy communication and supportive planning for
the benefit of the child(ren). These sessions must be specifically requested and approved
by the coparenting counselor prior to setting the appointment. These appointments can
run up to 2 hours.
Cost of sessions can range depending on what parties are involved. Sessions can cost up to $75 per parent. If you would like a cost estimate before hand, please let us know.