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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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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in North Hollywood, CA

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
 

Co-parenting can be a tricky area to navigate. I help you learn coping skills to assist with the feelings of frustration that may arise as well as help you understand new communication strategies that may be helpful to your situation. We work together to build a plan that works best for you and your co-parenting situation.

— Jacalyn Wetzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Helping parents married or divorced coparent.

— Elaine Oliver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fulton, MD
 

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in North Hollywood, CA

I work with couples who have children and need guidance on healthy co-parenting methods. I teach couples that have ended the relationship how to work together to keep the focus on the child(ren). I help these couples move on from any bitterness that might impact their ability to show a unified front as parents.

— Candice N. Crowley, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

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

Co-parenting is an enterprise undertaken by parents who together take on the socialization, care, and upbringing of children for whom they share equal responsibility. The co-parent relationship differs from an intimate relationship between adults in that it focuses solely on the child.

— Heather Landry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
 

Divorce doesn't destroy the family, but the way parents co-parent can. Learning how to co parent is vital so the children feel safe.

— Janice Shapiro, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Campbell, CA

Navigating life after a family has split up or raising children with a new partner can be complex, difficult and frustrating. Cooperation and communication are vital and may seem impossible. I help individuals and family find a balance between parental autonomy and coordination the parenting job with others.

— Jennie Schottmiller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , PA
 

I provide a balance of practical parenting guidance backed by my over 10 years of experience working as a child and family therapist, along with more traditional therapy to help parents gain insight into themselves, including their triggers, needs, and past traumas currently impacting their co-parenting. I help women to communicate with your child’s other parent during the task of co-parenting and show your children how to handle huge life changes in healthy manner.

— Angela Sitka, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

Raising children is stressful, and even more so if you are in conflict with the other parent. Whether your relationship with your partner or ex is conflicted or cordial, parenting raises the stakes. I know you want the best for your child, and you worry about making parenting mistakes that will have a negative life-long impact.

— Christianna Morgan, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

Leading a family looks like all kinds of things now which is so exciting. But it can also make navigating conflict, defining roles, and compromising difficult because old rules don’t apply. Defining these relationships can be tough - and incredibly rewarding because everyone is on board to prioritize their family. There's so much hope in complex, tough circumstances.

— Trina Bolfing, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

We don't get a manual, but we do have what it takes, LOVE, to raise our children. Even in the most contentious of divorces, finding the communication, skills and boundaries to ensure the child's fertile environment for a fruitful life is my goal and focus.

— Liz Wenger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
 

Co-parenting counseling allows you both an opportunity to talk about the best interests of your children in a neutral environment with my guidance. Acknowledging and exploring some of the anger or grief related to the ending of the relationship is helpful so that you both can focus more fully on parenting issues without the intrusion of “unfinished business” from the past. Accordingly, the focus in treatment is on the difficulties between both of you only as it relates to coparenting.

— Lisa M. Clark, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chandler, AZ

I also work with couples who are beyond the point of wanting to stay together but need help managing their coparenting relationship.

— Raffi Bilek, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

Coparenting can be seen as a hard topic but, it does not have to be. Working with me as your therapist. Both parents will have a safe space to share, express and workout challenging topics such as splitting time, living arrangements, educational needs, holidays, vacations and who does what in case of an emergency. Also, I provide mediation to see if an arrangement can be made cordially before everything gets ugly and ends up in court. If there is a court order in place already, I can assist

— Rosemary Powell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Queens, NY