** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional
Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P. is a licensed and Board Certified clinical psychologist and a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), with an office in Newton MA. She is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the MCFM, and was honored to receive the 2016 John Fiske Award for Excellence in Mediation. She loves doing this work!
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 almost 20 years. She offers expertise in the emotional aspects of divorce and guidance for enduring the process and regaining a sense of stability post-divorce. She also provides consultation regarding parenting during and after divorce.
Ms. Gurevich is a trained divorce mediator and clinical social worker with experience of working with divorcing couples and families both in the legal and the mental health settings. In addition to providing divorce and family mediation services, she offers counseling to individuals, couples and families as well as parenting consultation and education and divorce coaching, She is a certified instructor for the Divorce Center/Parents Apart program and a frequent lecturer at Divorce Center workshops.
Her specialties are: divorce mediation, parenting plans, parent coach, divorce coach, individual, marital and family counseling.
Oona Metz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist with offices in Arlington and Brookline. For over 20 years she has treated adults, adolescents and children in individual, couples and group therapy in the Greater Boston area. In addition to seeing people for individual and couples therapy, she currently offers weekly, ongoing, confidential divorce support groups. These groups are for women who are contemplating divorce or who are navigating the process of divorce.
Women who are contemplating or navigating divorce may feel confused, sad, betrayed, bewildered, angry, overwhelmed and/or scared, and can benefit from talking to other women who are going through a similar process. Many of the women in the groups are mothers who are concerned with the wellbeing of their children and want to help them through the divorce as well. Women going through divorce often find that spending so much energy on a spouse, children and/or work leaves them little time to focus on themselves. Group therapy offers women a unique opportunity to talk with other women about what they need and want, now and in the future.
The Divorce Support Groups are located in Arlington and Brookline and meet weekly. Please call 617-232-8971 to set up a required screening session.
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.
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.
As a board member of the Divorce Center, an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course, 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.
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 hasbeen 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.
Alicia Southwell is a psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and families at her home office in Weston. Alicia runs two ongoing support called “Women in Separation and Divorce.” The groups are for women in all stages of the divorce process, from contemplation through post-divorce. The groups take place on Mondays from 7-8:30 PM and Thursdays from 7-8:30 PM.
You are not alone in this, one of life’s most stressful and challenging transitions. If you are contemplating or navigating the divorce process, you may find that you are experiencing what can feel like an overwhelming range of emotions. Sharing your experience with others who are going through something similar can greatly reduce feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, sadness, anger, guilt, and shame, among others.
Divorce involves the loss of the dreams and the life that you had at one time imagined for yourself. These losses need to be mourned in order to successfully put the past in the past, get beyond the divorce, and move forward into your preferred life. This difficult period of ending also offers life-changing opportunities for new beginnings, personal growth, and getting the life you want for yourself.
Please call or email for more information or to set up a no-fee consultation, which is required before joining the group.