Archive for the ‘Mental Health Issues’ Category


Being present in your marriage during the holidays may help you start the new year focusing on your marriage–instead of a divorce, as many couples do in January.

Building Bridges in the Collaborative Process from a Mental Health Professional’s Perspective

Bridges help all of us move from one place to another. A divorce is about moving from “one place to another”, in some ways. Some cross that bridge quickly and others need time, support and guidance. The collaborative process offers so many ways to help people build those bridges during a divorce to offer some healing and help create the chance for a respectful relationship going forward.


In my work with divorcing, or divorced couples, as a mental health professional, I’ve found that one or both people may feel broken. They view their divorce as a failure and may, at some level, see themselves or their partners as ruined. The divorce itself can feel like an indictment. It is rewarding to work with couples and encourage them to see that while what was may not be salvageable, the relationship, especially if children are involved, will continue. It is a choice to be made, what this relationship, post-divorce, will be.

For the Spouse Without the Kids this First Thanksgiving

The holidays, post divorce.


The MHP is neutral. That is an essential component of the mental health professional’s power in the collaborative divorce process. That said, if I’m on anyone’s “side,” it would be have to be that of the kids. My goal is to enable their parents to make the most informed decisions and to learn how to communicate and resolve conflict moving forward so that they can be the best co-parents that their children need.

Why Does Collaborative Divorce Need a Mental Health Professional on the team?

The Mental Health Professional (MHP) manages the collaborative divorce process much like an emcee does any large-scale event, handling many moving parts to help create an outcome that is goal driven and designed to meet the clients’ needs. He or she facilitates the process that empowers adults undergoing divorce to structure a customized, individualized plan tailor made to move their family forward successfully.

CDD members present in Frisco to Collaborative Divorce Professionals

Jody Johnson and Honey Sheff, both CDD members, presented on July 20th at a gathering of collaborative law professionals in Frisco.  The talk centered on effective strategies that collaborative professionals can employ when facing challenges with clients.  These problems can cover a broad spectrum–from clients who do not really want the divorce, those who want [...]

Forgiveness and Divorce Workshop for Collaborative Divorce Dallas Practice Group

Collaborative Divorce Dallas members took part in a compelling workshop this May, presented by Dr. Frederic Luskin, who holds his Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University.  Dr. Luskin, Director of the “Stanford Forgiveness Project,” specializes in the facets of forgiveness and the role forgiveness plays in moving past trauma.  Dr. Luskin travels the [...]

What does Advocacy Look Like for the Attorney in the Collaborative Divorce Process?

With collaborative divorce, the role of “advocate” taken on by the attorney is altogether different than the litigation model. Find out what the advocacy role looks like for the family law attorney in the Collaborative Divorce Process.

TRANSITIONS: How Do We Feel Safe in Times of Change?

Divorce is a major life transition. Even when it is the best ultimate outcome for those involved, divorce is painful and scary. We can take a cue from the Mbuti tribe in Africa and create a safe “sphere” within which to reach again our equilibrium.