Coparenting

Raising children can be hard, even in the best of circumstances. When you are facing conflicts with other primary caregivers, the challenge is exponentially greater. Co-parenting refers to the ways that caregivers work together (regardless of if they are together or separated) in their roles as parents. Developing techniques, guidelines, and methods to raise a child is not just about the child – it can be beneficial to work with a qualified therapist to determine your unique parenting approaches, as well as how to improve communications. Successful co-parenting requires that caregivers accept that things will change, from the children's developmental issues and milestones, to careers, to the possibility of new relationships and partners. Each situation is inherently unique, and there can be many different dynamics at play (for example, step-parents will likely bring their own parenting styles). If you think you may benefit from some co-parenting support, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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I work with parents who have experienced separation or divorce in thinking about developmental approaches for how to think about this with their children

— Katie Beers, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

Are you divorce or in a second marriage trying to co-parent together? Are you struggling with working together as a team to parent the kids? Are you grandparents raising your grandchild? Let's work on a plan and practice consistency and co-parenting effectively and positively. Tips to remember with co-parenting: It's not about you; it's messy and hard sometimes; learn new boundaries; know that the legal system doesn't help co-parent. Let's more about how to positively parent!

— Julie Johnson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in , OH
 

Helping parents married or divorced coparent.

— Elaine Oliver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fulton, MD

Kimberly enjoys working with children and parents who striving to find workable solutions as they come to a better place for their families. Divorce, separation, and going between two homes can be incredibly challenging for parents and children. Kimberly works with children and their parents as they navigate those tricky and often highly conflicted waters. Helping families adjust to new situations and come to creative solutions is a passion for Kimberly.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

Parents in families that are multiracial and/or multicultural have additional stressors due to systematic oppression and discrimination. In addition, making decisions for the family can be more complicated when caretakers have different backgrounds and lived experiences. Raising a child in a multiracial and multicultural family involves ongoing conversations about what this means for your child, their identity, the way they will see the world, and the way the world will see them.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

Whether you are married, partnered, live together, live with your children, or not, if you share a child with someone, coparenting is an issue. Those relationships can be challenging when you don't see eye-to-eye.

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Counselor in North Hollywood, CA
 

Whether you are married, partnered, live together, live with your children, or not, if you share a child with someone, coparenting is an issue. Those relationships can be challenging when you don't see eye-to-eye.

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Counselor in North Hollywood, CA
 

I help parents who are not romantically partnered work through differences of parenting philosophy, helping you find common ground. This work is very present-focused and pragmatic. We may look at communication patterns and assumptions each person may bring to their parenting and think about ways to work together for the common cause of child-rearing.

— Jennifer Trinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

The journey of parenting looks different for everyone. At times, parents can use extra support and structure to parent their child/children in a way that feels right for them. Co-parenting therapy can be helpful in setting a structure for success.

— Samantha Duranti, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,
 

Are you feeling disconnected from each other now that you have children? Is all your time being spent on the kids? Do you feel like you can’t get on the same page in how you want to raise the kids? Parenting is hard work and its adds to the life you once led as a couple. These are common issues parents have whether they are living together or divorced/separated. I’d like to help you learn to manage these conflicts and difficulties, so that you can raise happier, healthier children, together.

— Amanda Samuels, Counselor in Webster Groves, MO

Coparenting can be a difficult transition to navigate for the parent's, children, possible new partners of the parents, and even families. As a child watching her parent's attempt to navigate this tough transition, I know firsthand what it is like from many perspectives. I have a great deal of experience helping parents properly communicate and express their needs to one another, while also considering the needs of the children. I also have experience helping families create healthy boundaries

— Kendall Davis, Therapist in Atlanta, GA
 

Parenting is the most difficult job on earth. When individuals are co-parenting, truly they have to be much more self aware in order to be an individual self but also be a part of a system that is sharing the responsibilities of raising a child. Co-parenting can be challenging but if two people have the same interest and desire to benefit another, than it can be a more peaceful task.

— Shay Phillips, Clinical Social Worker in Cypress, TX

Having both parents play an active role in their children’s daily lives—is the best way to ensure that all your kids’ needs are met and enable them to retain close relationships with both parents. The quality of the relationship between co-parents can also have a strong influence on the mental and emotional well-being of children, and the incidence of anxiety and depression.

— Maria Jessica Quiroz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Montebello, CA
 

I work with co-parents that find themselves struggling to reach mutually agreeable parenting decisions that are in the best interest of the child(ren). Learn to increase communication, develop agreeable parenting plans and decrease the emotionality that is involved when going through separation/divorce. Working with a therapist to address these issues before the courts get involved is less expensive, less time consuming and way less stressful than being involved in on-going litigation.

— Jenny Lockwood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pantego, TX

I work with clients in coparenting who are divorced, separated and/or remarried.

— Erika Zelasko, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Rocky River, OH