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Shared Parenting

Experiencing separation or divorce? Are you concerned about sharing parenting responsibilities? The following are some of the most common parenting concerns when adult relationships end:
The following are some of the most common signs of family problems:

  • How do I stay a part of my children’s lives once we separate?
  • My partner keeps threatening to take the children away from me if I leave the relationship.
  • How will we communicate about the children if we communicated poorly while we were together?
  • My children are being turned against me.
  • How do we make sure that the children are not impacted by our break-up?
  • I am unsure how to navigate the legal system and family court.
  • Do the children really need both of us in their lives?
  • When the children return from visitation they seem to have forgotten my rules.
  • Is it better to stay in a poor relationship for the children?
  • The children are telling each of us different stories and/or delivering parenting messages.
  • How do we keep the children out of our separation issues?
  • I am worried about what is occurring while the children are visiting in my ex partner’s home.

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Dr. Tracey

If you are experiencing one or more of these signs, take the first step towards a positive change in your life. Call to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Tracey Stulberg at (248) 258-9189.

For over 25 years, the Birmingham Family Therapy Clinic, Inc. has been providing Brief Therapy to families, couples, and individuals to help them successfully work through critical relationship issues- usually in under 10 sessions. These issues include, but are not limited to, parents and children dealing with high conflict separation or divorce, relationship dissolution, shared parenting, and severe parenting time issues.

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Brief Therapy When Separated or Divorced

When a couple makes a commitment of partnership or marriage, the expectation is a long lasting relationship. Unfortunately, far too many relationships end sooner than couples hope. Impactful changes such as separation or divorce, or shared parenting and visitation issues between non-custodial parents, is a change that affects all members of the family. If handled poorly these changes can damage the relationship between parents and children, and the child's ability to form healthy connections with others. If handled properly, we can minimize the negative aftermath and start on the road to healing.

Respect, trust, and support are especially important in helping a family resolve conflicting divorce issues. Brief Therapy gives you the tools to provide that respect, trust, and support your family needs. When facing critical shared parenting challenges associated with a separation or divorce, family members may need help avoiding or reversing destructive patterns. Using Brief Family Therapy to assist with challenges- parenting time coordination, unresolved anger, parental alienation, supervised parenting time, communication difficulties, establishing rules in two households, dating- family members can work towards a quick resolution that will benefit both children and parents.

Working together in therapy helps families reduce the hurt, foster positive interactions, and allow trust to develop. Long standing hostility may be replaced with positive behaviors. Collaboratively, family members can learn to support and feel safe with one another.

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Length of Therapy

Family Therapy sessions are client focused and solution directed using Brief Therapy. Clients collaborate with Dr. Stulberg in creating desired goals then actively participate in homework directed to test and fine- tune the skills used to resolve issues and achieve their goals. Therefore, therapy becomes more efficient and effective. Most clients successfully resolve their issues in 5 - 10 sessions!

How to choose a Family Counselor or Family Therapist

Choosing a family therapist may be one of the most important relationship decisions that you make. Here are some guidelines to help you make a knowledgeable decision in improving your marriage.

  1. Make sure that you have chosen a licensed family counselor or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Licensed family counselors (more commonly referred to as marriage and family therapists, family therapists or MFTs) are mental health professionals with a minimum of a master's degree and two years of supervised clinical experience by a licensed marriage and family therapist. Only then are they licensed by their state as a LMFT.
  2. Make sure that your licensed family therapist has specific training and experience in marriage and family therapy. Are they a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)? While individual therapists focus on identifying or processing feelings, marriage therapists require a very different set of skills. They focus on all clients' descriptions and interaction patterns within their relationship while helping clients set realistic and measurable goals to resolve the issues that occur between them. Clinical members of AAMFT are licensed marriage and family therapists specifically trained to diagnose and treat these relationship problems from a family systems perspective and are experienced in providing family therapy. Only clinical members of AAMFT have met the educational, supervision and training standards of the association and are state licensed MFTs. Make sure that your marriage counselor is a LMFT and clinical member of AAMFT.
  3. Think with your gut. I tell all of my clients, you are the consumer. If you feel that your family therapist is helping, then you will know in a few sessions. Stick with it, even when the work is hard. Trust your gut.
  4. Don't wait any longer to get help!

    For over 25 years Dr. Tracey Stulberg has helped hundreds of families successfully resolve their issues and create healthy, loving relationships in less than 10 sessions.

    Call (248) 258-9189 to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, send an email, or make an appointment with Dr. Tracey Stulberg today!