Kelley Bothe is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a certified group psychotherapist with offices in Wellesley and Concord MA. She works with adults in individual therapy and also runs divorce support groups for men and women.
As a psychotherapist in practice for the past 25 years, she has a great respect for the capacity of individuals to heal from deep emotional wounds and to make positive changes that enhance and enrich their lives.
Thomas F. Carr M.A., LMFT, LMHC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor who had been a forensic investigator and evaluator for more than twenty years. As a court investigator and Guardian ad Litem and Protection matters in the Juvenile and Probate Court and a Category E&F GAL in the Probate Court, Mr. Carr has been called upon to investigate/evaluate and provide supervised visitation for complex cases such as Munchausen by Proxy, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Mr. Carr has qualified as an expert witness in diverse areas including (but not limited to) ‘child abuse and neglect’, ‘child welfare’, ‘sexual abuse’, ‘home studies’, ‘safety planning’, ‘permanent planning’, and ‘provision of services to children and families’.
Mr. Carr is a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Counseling, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and Board Certified in professional counseling by the American Psychotherapy Association. He is author of “Visitation in Dependency Cases,” in “Access to Justice for Children; Children’s Law Manual Series,” National Association of Counsel for Children, Chapter 19 (2003), and 2001 recipient of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations’ Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Dr. Cole has 30 years experience in individual couples and group therapy. She specializes in helping people navigate the emotional side of divorce. She assists people contemplating divorce in clarifying their feelings as well as coaches people on working through divorce with their children and extended families.
Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., is a licensed and Board-Certified clinical psychologist, a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a collaborative coach, with an office in Newton, MA. She is a past president, Certification Committee chairperson and current member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and she is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Over the past 25 years in my work as a Psychologist and Career Counselor/Coach in private practice and at Harvard Business School, I have had the privilege of working with individuals, couples and families as they face the challenges of navigating their way to more fulfilling personal and professional lives. Divorce is certainly an experience which can create serious challenges in both personal and professional domains. While it may be hard to see this while trying to survive the “storm”, divorce (like many life crises) can also be a catalyst to pursue greater happiness in one’s life (i.e., “never let a crisis go to waste”). I would be happy to speak with you to see if I may be of help with your unique concerns.
Dr. Jillian B. Frank is a Harvard Medical School trained Licensed Psychologist in private practice for 17 years. She offers expertise in the emotional aspects of divorce and guidance for emotionally enduring the process and regaining a sense of stability post-divorce. She also provides consultation regarding parenting during and after divorce.
- Individual, couple & family therapy
- Children, adolescents, and adults
- Separation, divorce, after effects of divorce
- Parenting issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Oona Metz is a licensed independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Group Therapist with offices in Brookline and Arlington. For 20 years she has treated adults, adolescents and children navigate the divorce process.
Ms. Metz leads Divorce Support Groups for Women in Brookline and Arlington. These weekly confidential support groups are for women contemplating or navigating divorce.
David Poles is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is also a trained Coach. Since 1995 he has empowered hundreds of clients to live more satisfying lives based on each person’s own definition of success. In private practice since 2006, David offers individual sessions, marital and premarital couples counseling sessions, family education and support meetings for loved ones of addicts, and both court and school ordered substance abuse evaluations. David specializes in empowering late age adolescent and adult males, with a focus on improving relationships, job performance, improved self-esteem and reduction of harmful compulsive and addictive behaviors.
David is a graduate of UMASS Boston’s Counseling and School Psychology Graduate program. He is also a graduate from Southern Vermont College, having an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. In addition, he is a member in good standing with both Recovery Coaches International and the International Association of Coaching.
David is active in both his community and place of worship. He is open to discussions of spirituality and faith if the client wants to explore this realm of life.
Our relationships are among the most significant factors in our happiness and well-being. And yet, sometimes, despite all our best efforts, a relationship will end. Psychotherapy can help you manage this difficult transition with compassion, understanding and integrity. When these relationships are in turmoil, I can help the individuals and couples and children to navigate the challenges of break-ups and divorce.
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 is the founder of Mending Fences Institute. With over 20 years of experience helping individuals and families to resolve conflict and establish clear boundaries, she brings practical solutions and emotional healing to each case. Beth is adept at handling complex family dynamics whether it is trauma, relationship issues, learning disabilities, transitions or reunification.
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.
More recently her focus has been on reunification of family members; divorce mediation; and helping families make the transition from married couples with children to two 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 certified as a Collaborative Coach, Divorce Mediator, therapist and teacher. As a board member of the Divorce Center, chairperson of the Advanced Parenting Education Committee, 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.
Donna Smith Sharff is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Arlington, MA. Donna has more than ten years of experience supporting children, teens and adults through major life transitions.
Donna leads a weekly Separation/Divorce Support for Women for women in Arlington. These confidential support groups are for women contemplating or navigating separation or divorce.
With more than three decades of indispensable contributions to the legal sector, Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW, has been recognized for her professional success as an attorney at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, a multidisciplinary law firm notably devoted to an alternative conflict resolution orientation to the practice of law. With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, Ms. Shemin is distinctively well-suited to offer clients an array of dispute resolution options including mediation, collaborative law, consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, parenting coordination, guardianad litem evaluative opinions, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements – and even has a sub-specialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.”
Her interest in “paying it forward” is evidenced both in the writing and publication of her scholarly articles and chapter for “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning” for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), as well as in her time that was devoted to being an adjunct instructor in family law, ethics and mental health law at Boston University School of Social Work, and as a guest lecturer on mediation, collaborative law, diversity, domestic violence and power imbalance issues in family law cases, post- divorce financial planning, and co-parenting topics for the American Bar Association, MCLE, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. (MCFM).
Attorney Shemin is also a Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator and has also been credentialed as a certified family mediator by MCFM, has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating, and has recently been inducted into the Worldwide Registry for her many accomplishments. An active member within her industry, Attorney Shemin is a founding member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators; an Executive Board Member of MCFM; and co-chair of the Greater Boston Collaborative Law Practice Group.
Attorney Shemin is currently working on a book entitled – “Letters To Ex-Spouses:…And I Just Wanted You To Know” – combining her interests in psychology and law, which she fervently believes will be a contribution to those professions, as well as to the fields of medicine and theology. (If interested in contributing anonymously to the book, please contact Attorney Shemin directly.)