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Divorce Counseling Charlottesville VA

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. Marilyn Hocking
Marilyn D. Hocking, LCSW
(434) 296-3850
1149 Rose Hill Drive Suite D
Charlottesville, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
37 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Wendy Summer
(434) 409-4986
Charlottesville, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Erin Johnson
(434) 971-4747
Charlottesville, VA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Virginia Spector
Anne T. Spector, LCSW
(804) 320-8570
7329 Boulders View Lane
Richmond, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Dual Diagnosis,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Kathi Whitten
Northern VA Psychotherapy Assoc., Inc.
(703) 742-6043
Herndon Pkwy. #201
Herndon, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitio
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Dorothy Miller
Private Practice
(434) 823-4986
1741 Albemarle Pippin Ct.
Crozet, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Cara Marinucci
(434) 960-2327
Charlottesville, VA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Walter Mehring: Counseling
(434) 984-2500
404 8th Street
Charlottesville, VA
Specialties
Premarital, Marriage, and Relationship Counseling
Gender
Male
Education
BA Psychology- William and Mary; M.ED. and Ed.S- University of Virginia
Membership Organizations
AAMFT; VAMFT

Mrs. Dian Epp
(703) 352-9007
10560 Main Street Suite 410
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CAC
Licensed in Virginia
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Sheri Mitschelen
Sheri A. Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT-S
(703) 380-9045
3611 -C Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RPT-S
Licensed in Virginia
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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Virginia Legal Requirements for Divorce

Waiting Period
Decree immediate on determination of issues. Remarriage prohibited during appeal.

"No Fault" Grounds for Divorce
Separation (1 yr.).

Residency Requirements
One party resident and domiciled 6 months before suit. 20-97

Defenses to a Divorce Filing
Adultery, buggery, or sodomy: cohabitation after knowledge, act occurred more than 5 yrs. before suit for divorce, or party procured or connived act

Code Section
20-91

Other Grounds for Divorce
Adultery or sodomy or buggery committed outside the marriage; subsequent conviction of felony and confined for more than one year without cohabitation following confinement; cruelty, caused fear of bodily hurt or willfully deserted 1 yr. from the date of such act; lived separate lives without cohabitation and without interruption for one year.

From www.statelaws.findlaw.com