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Divorce Counseling Atlanta GA

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. Read on for more.

Dr. Lynn Ranew
Atlanta Therapy Associates
(404) 233-9885
3580 Piedmont Rd. NE Suite 210
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D, LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in Georgia
34 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Barbara Skibell
Barbara Freer Skibell, LCSW, RD, LD
(404) 822-5551
2531 Briarcliff Rd. NE Suite 102
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RD, LD
Licensed in Georgia
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Spiritua
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Paula Bryman
Atlanta Center For Psychotherapy, Inc
(404) 255-7929
300 W. Wieuca Road blg.2, ste 200
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Amy Morris
(404) 633-0071
1780-B Century Boulevard, NE
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Women's Issues, Infant Mental Health
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Merrilee Stewart
Merrilee L. Stewart, LCSW
(770) 432-0660
1260 Concord Road, SE Suite 101
Smyrna, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
38 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Immigration/Newcomer, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Wo
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Joyce McLendon
New Beginnings Clinical Services, LLC
(404) 601-2894
3399 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 400
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: M.S.W., LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Grief/Loss, I
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Warren Mitchell
Journey of Self Discovery, LLC.
(770) 882-4240
545 N. McDonough St. Mezzanine Level Suite B
Decatur, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Self Abuse, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Alta Eblin
Paces Center for Psychological Services
(770) 432-9750
2931 Paces Ferry Rd., Suite 1
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LCSW,BCD,LMFT,NCSP
Licensed in Georgia
38 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Opal Minott
O.H.M. Psychotherapy, Inc.
(770) 375-0479
3594 Old Chamblee Tucker Rd.
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultur
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Shelia Head
(404) 271-8443
4183 Campbellton Road
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Tra
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Twins, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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11 Quick Questions about Divorce

11 Quick Questions About Divorce


1. How does the quality of one's relationship with their ex-spouse influence the psychological adjustment of their children?

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. When parents model angry, selfish and bitter interaction with one another, their children learn that these disrespectful behaviors are the protocol for how people should be treated. It is no wonder that children from high conflict divorce have a higher incidence of failed relationships later in life. I believe this is why.

2. You write, "Smart parenting is all about trading the momentary relief of venting anger and frustration at your co-parent for the benefit of raising healthier, more productive, and less stressed children." How can a parent deal with their anger in a healthy way that does not cause more pain to their children?
Break a clay pot, scream into a pillow, make a voodoo doll out of modeling clay. Do what ever you want (as long as it is legal and outside of your children's presence) but do not expose your children to toxic emotion. Oh yes, and read my book.

3. How can a person de-escalate the conflict between themselves and their ex-spouse?

It takes two people to fight. The key to de-scalation is ignoring insult and offering reasonable compromises. This takes practice because often, in poor co-parenting relationships people cannot resist the urge to fight fire with fire. Actually to continue the imagery, it is best to fight fire with water. Parents often ask, "Why shoud I give the co-parent what he/she wants?" The answer to this is "because when you can, and when it doesn't much matter one way or the other (i.e. an extra few minutes here and there) the reduction in conflict benefits the kids."

4. What is the "package" that can make a difference in the quality of communication between the ex-spouses?

Resist the urge to "dig" or "poke" with sarcasm and direct insults. Understand that if you hate the co-parent, it is more difficult to love the part of your child that came from the co-parent. Take relief in the fact that any communication you have with the co-parent has a beginning and an end (at least for the moment) and when the contact is over you don't have to go back home and sleep with them.

5. Can you share with us some practical tips for negotiating with a former spouse who is a jerk?
Again, realize that giving in on minor issues is not a sign of personal weakness; on the contrary it is s sign of strength. Understand that what makes people as difficult as they are is that they "enjoy the fight." Fighting, bickering and nitpicking is feeding a part of them that they enjoy -- and that most likely y...

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Georgia Legal Requirements for Divorce

Waiting Period
Decree in effect immediately except for irretrievable breakdown, in which case court may not grant divorce in less than 30 days from service on respondent.

"No Fault" Grounds for Divorce
Irretrievable breakdown.

Residency Requirements
One party resident for 6 months before action.

Defenses to a Divorce Filing
For adultery, desertion, cruelty, or intoxication: collusion, both parties guilty, subsequent voluntary condonation and cohabitation, consent.

Code Section
19-5-2-19-5-4

Other Grounds for Divorce
Adultery; cruelty or violence; willful and continued desertion for at least 1 yr.; drug/alcohol addiction; impotency; mental incapacity or insanity; pregnant at time of marriage by man other than husband; conviction of crime for which the sentence is 2 yrs. or more; force, duress, or fraud in obtaining marriage; irreconcilable differences; intermarriage within prohibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity.

From www.statelaws.findlaw.com