Collaborative Practice San Francisco

The role of the Coach is to help manage and contain intense feelings as they arise in the process of divorce so they do not interfere with making decisions that may impact your children for many years to come.  The unique role of Coach is different from that of a therapist in that a Coach does not delve into understanding why a person feels as they do, they simply help manage the feelings.  You could look at it in the following way: a therapist is someone to whom you bring your baggage, and she or he helps you open it up, unpack, and decipher the contents.  A Divorce Coach is someone to whom you bring your baggage and, without opening it, he or she helps you carefully carry it across the street.

The Coach also helps deal with the personality factors that get in the way of settling the divorce - clients’ and even the Attorneys’ personalities.  Collaboratively trained Coaches are experts in helping to keep emotions and personalities from derailing the Collaborative Process.

Another important function Coaches can provide is help with keeping lines of communication open between spouses, or creating ones where they did not exist.  By modeling healthier ways of problem solving, talking, and listening to one another, the Coaches often prove vital to facilitate the divorcing couple’s difficult conversations, discussions, and negotiations.


About CPSF

Collaborative Practice San Francisco is a group of professionals interested in avoiding court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Our group is a multi-disciplinary, multi-field group open to all professionals interested in Collaborative conflict resolution. Read more...

Will CP work for me?

If the following values are important to you, it is likely to be a workable option:

  • I want us to communicate with a tone of respect.
  • I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
  • My needs and those of my spouse/partner require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.

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