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Divorce Counseling Coldwater MI

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. Pamella Monaghan
Lansing Psychological Associates
(517) 337-6546
234 Michigan Ave
East Lansing, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnan
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Pamela Czuj
Personal Dynamics Center
(313) 563-4142
23810 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
34 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual D
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Cathy Hoffman
Cathy H Hoffman, MSW, ACSW
(616) 940-8007
2487 Riveredge Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Michigan
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Denise Johnson
Vital Options LLC
(248) 358-6926
26677 W. 12 Mile
Southfield, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,CAC-1
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Susan Browne
Susan M. Browne MSW, ACSW, BCD
(313) 882-1430
119 Kercheval Ste 1a
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Michigan
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Personalit
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Susan Belaney
Aging Resources, LLC
(248) 568-3643
26366 Alger St. Home Office: Cedar Cottage
Madison Hts., MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Life Transitions, Elder Abuse, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Michael Hamm
Michael Hamm ACSW LMSW CPT
(616) 454-2911
5060 Cascade Rd SE Suite D
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LMSW, CPT
Licensed in Michigan
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Anger Management, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Sue Pabst
Transitions: Counseling Services
(616) 754-9420
507 S. Nelson Drive Suite A
Greenville, MI
Credentials
Credentials: CLMSW
Licensed in Michigan
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Karen Kelly
Livingston Family Center
(810) 231-9591
4736 E. M-36
Pinckney, MI
Credentials
Licensed in Michigan
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Elizabeth (Betsy) McHugh
McHugh Counseling Services
(989) 553-1313
Caro Health Plaza 1525 W. Caro Road
Caro, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW,LMSW,DCSW
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessiv
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), 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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