THERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES
Bruce Berman, Ph.D., Psychologist
211 West 56th St., Suite 34 D
New York, NY 10019
Because divorce is extremely stressful and usually very painful, it can generate intense feelings that—if not adequately managed—can frequently fuel conflict and derail any attempts at constructive problem solving. As your divorce coach, I would be helping you manage intense emotions so that they don’t interfere with your ability to clearly communicate and negotiate long-term solutions with your partner and with your being able to help preserve or develop a mutually respectful co-parenting relationship between the two of you. I would also be helping you to:
- Work effectively and efficiently with your attorney
- Develop communication and conflict-resolution skills
- Negotiate effectively
- Explore parenting concerns and help you talk to your children about divorce
- Formulate and come to agreement on a parenting plan
- Plan for and promote a cooperative co-parenting relationship with your former partner
- Review how well the parenting plan is working and whether it requires any improvements or adjustments in post-divorce follow-up meetings
If you’re not sure you need therapy, you may want to schedule a consultation to discuss how or if it could help.
A consultation is also the best way to find out whether or not you would feel comfortable working with me as your therapist.
To schedule a consultation—or a regular appointment—feel free to call me at (212) 265-3594, or contact me via e-mail.
The child specialist is a neutral advocate for the children, who voices their feelings, concerns, interests and developmental needs in the collaborative process. This can be particularly helpful when the parents’ perspectives regarding the needs of their children are so divergent as to make coming to agreement on how to approach them difficult, or when their children have special needs. In such situations, having a more objective and clearer understanding of their children’s needs can enable the parents to find solutions for how best to approach them outside of their conflicts with each other. As a child specialist in your collaborative divorce, I would be:
- Providing a safe space in which your children can feel comfortable expressing their concerns about your divorce and their relationships with each of their parents
- Offering short-term services focused on supporting your children with their adjustment to divorce and on improving their relationships with other family members
- Indentifying any special needs your children have for other services and help with appropriate referrals
- Presenting a clear picture of your children’s experience of the divorce and their emotional, social, academic, and parenting needs to you and the collaborative team
- Helping you—along with the other members of the collaborative team—craft a more balanced and flexible parenting plan that takes all the above into account
- Facilitating the development of co-parenting skills which enables you and their other parent to cooperate in responding to the changing developmental and emotional needs of your children
Bruce Berman, Psychologist