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About Dana

Divorce Related Services
Co-Parenting Counseling
High Conflict Co-Parenting Counseling
Parent-Child Reunification Counseling
Child Specialist
Child Therapy
Private Mediation
Special Master
Collaborative Divorce Services

Marriage & Family Therapy

Training & Consultation

Client Forms & Resources
Intake Form (pdf)
Consent to Treat (pdf)
Release of Information (pdf)
Detox Negative Intimacy (pdf)
Four Parenting Patterns (pdf)
Bibliography (pdf)

Children's Ability to Cope Post Divorce
Dana F. Schneider MA, MFT
125 S Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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Sonoma County child specialist and consultant in divorce cases

Collaborative Divorce Services

Collaborative divorce is an alternative, non-adversarial method of dispute resolution between you and your spouse or partner. This method offers the support and protection of your own attorneys, but without going to court, and provides the benefit of child specialists, divorce coaches, financial consultants, and others working on your team. Unlike traditional divorce, collaborative divorce involves a commitment to open communication, and maintains a strong focus on shared priorities and goals.

Collaborative Coaching

The collaborative coach is a mental health professional that works closely with you throughout the collaborative process. The coach is part of the collaborative team helping clients to clarify concerns, manage emotions, develop and reinforce effective communication skills. In addition to their role on the team, the collaborative coach works in conjunction with the clients and other coach to assist in developing a parenting plan. The coaches also work together with the clients on effective co-parenting skills and post-divorce adjustment.

Child Specialist

The child specialist is a mental health professional that helps to provide information about how the children are coping with the divorce. This specialist can offer options for parenting plans that meet both the developmental and psychological needs of the children.

The child specialist meets with the parents together or individually, gathers information from collateral contacts, (teachers counselors) and reviews any documentation necessary to get a thorough picture of the child's physical, emotional and social development. After Dana has met with the parents, and children as well as gathered information from collateral contacts, she will present a review of her impressions and suggestions for helping the family with the post divorce transition. This meeting may be with the parents alone, or together. If the family is involved in the collaborative process, the inclusion of the coaches is always valuable. In some cases, a meeting with the attorneys is also very productive.

In a collaborative case the coaches or attorneys help facilitate the production of the parenting plan.
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