Collaborative law is an innovative way for couples to end their marriages, once they have decided to divorce. The collaborative process keeps couples out of the courtroom and enables parents to have the final say on decisions that affect each other and their children. Dr. Sharon Phillips works as a mental health specialist with a team of professionals (which include two attorneys and a financial consultant) to help separating couples keep the children’s needs at the center of the process and work together with to build consensus on parenting plans, spousal support, and child support.
We can help determine if your child’s behavior is a “phase” or a more serious concern. Our therapists work with children from ages 5-12 who have a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, social skill problems, oppositional behaviors, grief and loss, divorcing families, and school concerns. We are also able to help parents improve their parenting skills so that they feel that they have effective strategies to deal with the children’s problems.
We help adolescents navigate through the challenging teen years. Some teens need extra support to help them develop appropriate emotional regulation, peer relationships, and academic success to help them to be achieve their potential at home and at school. Other teens benefit from psychotherapy that addresses anxiety, depression, divorced or separated families, grief and loss, and self-harming behaviors, among other things.
College students can benefit from psychotherapy aimed at helping them transition from their family’s home to a primarily peer environment. Our sessions with college students are often focused on relationship issues, managing academic stressors, learning who they are as young adult individuals, and being successful in this important phase of their life.
We provide psychotherapy to help family members achieve a more peaceful and harmonious home life. With assistance, families develop better communication skills, structured home environments, and appropriate boundaries. Individuals that are forming new families after separation, divorce, and remarriage can also benefit from psychotherapy to aid in this major life transition.
Our therapists are skilled at partnering one-on-one with individual clients who come to us with a variety of concerns, such as relationship difficulties, personal history of abuse or violence, alcoholic families of origin, medical issues, grief/loss, separation/divorce, mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. We work closely with primary care physicians or other specialists as needed to provide a team approach to psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy groups can be an especially powerful mode of change. In her children’s groups, Jen Russell guides children to express their anger appropriately, build friendship skills, learn strategies to manage their fears and anxieties, and transition through separation or divorce.