Mediation and Couples Therapy

Colleagues and clients have sometimes asked me if I do mediation. Or if I consider myself a mediator. Early in my post-graduate training in Family Systems and Couples Therapy, I observed the now deceased mediation pioneer, John Haynes, conduct a live interview. I,...

Couples Therapy: “How Did I Get Here?”

“How did I get here?” is a phrase we often hear at our Center at the beginning of our couples work. It is usually said out loud by one of the partners in front of the therapist. If it is not explicitly stated, it is conveyed. This phrase references a marriage that is...

Leaning In/Leaning Out In Couples Therapy

Usually in Discernment counseling a couple presents where one of them is “leaning in” and the other is “leaning out.” The former wants the marriage to work and is invested in anything that will help. The latter is ambivalent and somewhere along a continuum of being...

Substance Abuse and Discernment Counseling

I’ve decided to write a bit more about Discernment Counseling, specifically another “hard reason for considering divorce:” substance abuse/addiction. To review for a moment, Discernment Counselors refer to hard versus soft reasons for considering divorce; hard reasons...

Discernment and Infidelity

A bit more about my last post on the issue of infidelity and what makes it a “hard reason” for considering divorce” as opposed to a soft one. To catch those readers up on terminology, I am writing about Discernment Counseling and hard versus soft reasons for...

Discernment: Hard v Soft Reasons For Considering Divorce

We see a lot of couples at our Center. Sometimes, though rarely do both partners show up at the 1st appointment ready and interested in working on their relationship. More often, 1 or both are ambivalent, are tired out, and are weighing the high stakes of dismantling...

Divorce Support Group, Co-Facilitated by CCSC Founders

DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP Co-Facilitated by CCSC’s Founders Kimberly Davidson, Esq. Jon Kramer LCSW – Group now forming – Five-session Group for Women, meeting two times per month – Sign up early, space is limited – Cost: $300 per person, paid in...

S.O.S. Stepcouples Series

S.O.S. Stepcouples Series Presented by Susan Swanson, Ph.D., LCSW Group Now Forming. Please call 310-274-2780 for more info, or fill out and submit the below form and someone will contact you.   Sign up for this CCSC Workshop today! Name Email Address Phone...