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Divorce Counseling Blue Springs MO

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.

Ms. Lennis Marvel
Counseling Services, LLC
(816) 224-6500
1924 NW Copper Oaks Circle
Blue Springs, MO
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Diana Johnson
(816) 718-5887
2 N. Main, Suite D
Liberty, MO
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LPC
Licensed in Missouri
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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Lawrence O'Renick
(816) 804-2839
Blue Springs, MO
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Chris Condra
Independence, MO
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kimberly Ekum-Anthony
(816) 525-5333
Lee's Summit, MO
Practice Areas
Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Linda Divine
Linda Divine, LSCSW, LLC
(913) 341-7447
8340 Mission Road Suite 230
Prairie Village, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Sandy Bookmeyer
(816) 509-6821
Blue Springs, MO
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Steven Holeman
(816) 739-0876
Independence, MO
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

(Lonnie) Joe Holt , M.S., Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapy - Missouri & Kansas
(816) 581-3730
306 SE 291 Hwy,Office #4A & 4B
Lees Summit, MO
Specialties
ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Christian Counseling,Depression,Divorce,Loss or Grief,OCD,Parenting
Gender
Male
Education
MS Family Therapy: Friends University; BS Business & Computer Sciences: National American & DeVry Universities; Biblical Training: Friends Bible College; Certifications: Gottman Methods (Level II), Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR (Level II).
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Comforting Faith Counseling Services

Mrs. Rosann Sparks
(816) 659-1117
410-B SE 3rd. Street
Lees Summit, MO
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Depression
Qualification
School: Pepperdine University
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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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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