What is divorce coaching?

The American Bar Association neatly defines divorce coaching as “a flexible, goal-oriented process designed to support, motivate, and guide people going through divorce to help them make the best possible decisions for their future, based on their particular interests, needs, and concerns”

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

There is some overlap between therapy and coaching, but to give you some idea of the distinction, a therapist (psychologist, counsellor, social worker) is an expert trained in the use of psychological methods for the treatment of mental or emotional problems.  A coach is a thinking partner who helps a client get clear on what want, develop awareness about themselves and work on focusing forward.

Are the coaching sessions face to face or via telephone?

The sessions are over the telephone.  We can use skype if you would prefer to see each other during our sessions.

How long are the sessions?

The free mini session generally is 30-45 minutes.  The coaching sessions are one hour.

Do I have to commit to a 6 week intensive package?

I have very deliberately decided to offer a 6 week program. While one session would give you an introduction to coaching, it would be impossible to cover all the issues arising from a break-up and make significant progress.  If you think of a hiring Personal Trainer.  You wouldn’t expect to go for one session and transform your whole body.  I support clients with the transition from being in a relationship to embracing their new life as a single mum.  Transitions and transformations take time.

If you are unsure if coaching is for you, I offer a 30 minute complementary mini session to get to know me, the process and understand if it’s right for you.

What are your qualifications?

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I became a Certified Divorce Coach in 2018 after completing a 4 month intensive training program with CDC based in the United States. I completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 2001.  I have working as a family lawyer since 2004. I became an Accredited Family Law Specialist in 2009.  I started my own family law practice in 2011. 

I notice you have legal qualifications.  Can you give me legal advice?

The short answer is no.  If you haven’t already had legal advice, I’m happy to share with you the contacts I have for community, legal aid and private lawyers to get the right advice.  Depending on your situation, I may also be able to direct you to other resources which might be helpful as you navigate the process.  If you already have a lawyer, it is not in your interests to be receiving advice from more than one lawyer (and would be unprofessional for me to cross this boundary).