As we all know, just because people are rearing a child together does not mean they believe in the same parenting approach, or naturally tend to make similar decisions when talking with, playing with, or disciplining children. Parenting education … [Read More...] about Different Parenting Styles Can Stress – or Enrich – A Child’s Life
I have been in practice since 1988. I have been working in both Falls Church and downtown Washington, DC with a wide variety of clients throughout my career.
I have particular expertise in working with people who are striving to improve their personal relationships, both within their families and with romantic partners. I also work extensively with adults who are coping with anxiety, depression or grief. Additionally, I will work with children and teenagers during short-term consultations only, but no longer work with children and teenagers in any ongoing treatment.
A large part of my practice is devoted to working with families struggling through separation and divorce. I often help parents talk together about how to tell their kids about their decision to separate or divorce. Please take a look at my guide to “Telling the Children About the Divorce”.
I am an experienced Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Specialist, and have helped hundreds of families work toward successful resolution in their Collaborative cases. I am also a Parenting Coordinator, working with divorced parents who are suffering in a high conflict co-parenting relationship and want to increase their cooperation and improve communication.
I have been a leader in the Collaborative practice communities in the Greater Washington DC area for almost 20 years, serving on several Boards, and chairing two education committees to help train professionals in mediation and Collaborative divorce.
Further information about my therapy services, and my work with separating or divorcing clients, are contained within the pages of this website. Please click on any of the links in the sidebar to find out more, or click here to email me.
What I’m Thinking – My most recent blog posts
AP News article by Amy Taxin, April 7, 2020: Split families make pacts, duel over custody amid virus "The coronavirus is upending divorced families’ custody arrangements as parents get sick or exposed to the illness. In other cases, it is … [Read More...] about Custody During Coronavirus Pandemic
An Update on the Latest Research I joined Kate Scharff during this podcast interview to discuss the latest research on the impact of divorce on kids. Divorcing parents often have lots of questions, including "Is there anything I can do to make … [Read More...] about Protecting Your Children in Divorce | Podcast Interview
In this BuzzFeed article "People Who’ve Been To Therapy Are Sharing What They Wish They Knew Before Starting, And It’s Sparking An Important Conversation" by Victoria Vouloumanos, people who've been in therapy share what they wish they knew before … [Read More...] about Starting Therapy :: What Others Wished They Knew Before Starting
Books Authored by Kate Scharff and Me
Authored by Kate Scharff, M.S.W. and me
Reviews of Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce
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In December 2012, I was voted one of the best mental health professionals in the DC Metro area in the category of Couple Therapy
In July 2009, I was voted one of the best mental health professionals in the DC Metro area in the category of Separation and Divorce.