Divorce Coaches

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Jody Comins **

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Divorce and Family Mediator; Collaborative Coach A Better Way: Divorce Mediation Address 9 Main Street Southboro MA 01772 Counties served: Middlesex, Worcester Phone: (617) 658-3586 Website: www.divorcemediationabetterway.com
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As an Adult Child of Divorce, Jody has a long-time experience with divorce. As a Divorce and Family Mediator, her knowledge and training help clients facilitate the necessary conversations to navigate their divorce. Taking a child-centered approach when working with parents. Jodi understands the stress the separation process can bring to your family and can help you reach a compromise. She is a trained Mediator and also a Collaborative Coach.

Jody has been involved in the Boston community for over 25 years and also mediates LGBTQ divorces, domestic partnership separations, in-law disputes, child support, and parenting plans. In addition to her private practice, she is a mediator with MWI (Mediation Works, Inc) in Boston and Divorceify, a court-approved facilitator for the Parent Education courses, and currently teaches for The Divorce Center and MWI. She is the creator of “Honor Thy Children, Jewish Parenting through a Divorce Lens,” a 4-part workshop. She is a mentor for volunteer mediators in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court and a frequent guest mediator during mediation trainings.

Jody completed her Masters in Social Work at Boston University in 1997. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Divorce Center, Divorceify, Kids First Parents Second, and the  Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Dena Ray Ph.D. **

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist Address 65 Rice Road Wayland MA 01778 Phone: (508) 655-8683 Website: DrDenaRay.com
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Our relationships comprise one of the most important bases for our happiness and mental well-being. Psychotherapy can help when there is disharmony with partners, family or friends. I work with couples, siblings, parents and children or friends. If other members of a relationship are unavailable or unwilling to come in, therapy can still help resolve problems. Sometimes, despite our best effort, a relationship may need to end. I work with a new model called, “Discernment Counseling” to clarify this and, if necessary, I help individuals and families navigate the challenges that occur during break-ups and divorce.

Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh Ph.D. **

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Rohrbaugh Associates Home 192R Upland Road Cambridge MA 02140 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (617) 876-6110 Fax: (617) 441-0565 Website: http://www.rohrbaughassociates.net
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Dr. Rohrbaugh is a Harvard clinical and forensic psychologist providing consultation and divorce coaching in collaborative law cases as well as litigation support, expert witness testimony and evaluations in child custody cases. She is a trauma specialist who served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for over 30 years, and has three decades of experience providing nationwide consultation, training, and court testimony regarding adoption, attachment and bonding, care and protection, child abuse and neglect, custody and visitation, de facto parents, domestic violence, parental alienation, PTSD, relocation, sexual abuse and harassment, social science research and psychotherapy, and termination of parental rights.

In her psychotherapy practice, Dr. Rohrbaugh specializes in survivors of trauma, alternative families, divorce, parenting, and problems surrounding sexuality. Licensed in both MA and NH, Dr. Rohrbaugh is the author of the highly acclaimed “Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives”; NY: Springer, 2008.

See Dr. Rohrbaugh’s website for more information about her training, experience, publications, and approach to divorcing families.

Beth H. Ross MSW, LICSW **

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Clinical Social Worker/Therapist/Divorce Mediator/Collaborative Coach Mending Fences Institute Address 866 Washington Street Canton MA 02021 Phone: (781) 821-4606 Mobile: (781) 249-2156 Fax: (781) 821-4606 Website: mendingfencesinstitute.org
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As founder of the Mending Fences Institute, Beth is dedicated to guiding families through divorce, reunification and other conflicts through coaching, mediation, and therapy. With over 25 years of experience, she brings practical solutions and emotional healing to each case. Beth is adept at handling complex family dynamics such as divorce, trauma, relationship issues, learning disabilities, transitions or reunification. Her goal is to help families make the transition from couples with children to co-parents who communicate well and share time with their children. Her success is augmented by her extensive experience working with children and teens.

She is a certified Collaborative Coach, mediator, and therapist. She is a member of the International Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and Southeastern Collaborative Law practice group. She is a member of the Mass Council on Family Mediation. She consults with schools, hospitals, lawyers, the courts, and doctors on complex issues such as divorce, alienation, learning disability, life transition and behavioral issues.

She uses eclectic therapeutic modalities such as family system theory, individual play therapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), and empowerment strategies with a focus on practical solutions that improve the lives of her clients.

A former board member of the Divorce Center, she is an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course and a member of the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group, Beth guides families through evaluating the situation, understanding all parties’ perspectives, establishing ground rules for communication, and generating goals.

 

Vicki L. Shemin J.D., LICSW, ACSW **

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Partner Fields and Dennis, LLP Address 80 William Street Suite 210 Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 489-6776 Fax: (781) 489-6233 Website: www.FieldsDennis.com
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With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, and more than 35 years of professional experience, Attorney Shemin brings a “best of both worlds approach” to helping clients resolve matters outside of court. These dispute resolution options include mediation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, divorce consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, premarital and postnuptial agreements – and she even has a subspecialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.” With her extensive background in child development and her knowledge and understanding of the psychodynamics of divorce, she is exceptionally well-equipped to assist transitioning families with developing optimal co-parenting plans, telling children about divorce, and handling inevitable disagreements that parents will face long after the ink is dry on their divorce agreements.

Attorney Shemin is the Vice-President of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is also credentialed as a certified family law mediator by that organization (a highly selective recognition). For the past 2 years, she has been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Family Lawyers in Massachusetts” as well as a “Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law.” In 2015, she was recognized among “Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers” in 3 distinct categories – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Mediation, and Collaborative Law. She has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating. Attorney Shemin is also credentialed as a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator. She has met all the requirements for and has been approved for inclusion on, the Category V Parenting Coordinator fee-generating appointment list for the Probate and Family Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is also a Board Member and Founding Member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

Virginia Schulman Simon M. Ed., LMHC **

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Divorce Coach, Facilitator Address 11 Clark Road Ipswich MA 01938 Counties served: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk Phone: (508) 641-0417 Website: northshorecollaborativelaw.com
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Ginny Simon is a Licensed Educational Psychologist who has been trained by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council to be a divorce coach/facilitator. In that capacity, she works with couples who are looking to compile a divorce agreement without court intervention. She has a particular interest in helping craft parenting plans for typically and atypically developing children. She works as a neutral in the process so that both parties interests are presented in a productive manner.

** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional