Couples counseling is useful for couples at any stage of their relationship. We provide expert assistance for couples whether they are determined to stay together, deciding whether or not to stay together or have decided to part and need guidance in doing so. We provide practical guidance that gets to the heart of the matter and promotes real change.
Relationships are difficult and take work to maintain. If you or your partner are unhappy, counseling can help. Couples counseling addresses problems such as a lack of connection, resentment, arguments, and significant traumas such as affairs. We operate from a straight-forward, non-judgmental position and work to help you find real solutions.
We have specialized in divorce issues for years, and know all too well the painful consequences of divorce when they become destructive. Unfortunately, this destructive path, full of animosity and power struggle, seems to be the norm for divorce. The tragic result is years of bitterness and stress for adults, and emotional harm to children.
Thankfully, we have developed a better way. Our Upside Down Divorce process is a structured, step-by-step way to go through a divorce in a much healthier way, with your own coach to walk you through the process. Before contacting attorneys, divorcing couples first meet with a counselor who specializes in helping couples develop a healthy Parenting Plan and resolve problems. This divorce specialist understands child development, healthy relationship dynamics and creative problem solving. They are skilled at helping with management of the emotions and conflict that are part of divorce. The Parenting Plan is not only a set of decisions parents make together for the well being of their family, it is a necessary step to transition from being married to being collaborative co parents. We will educate you on the elements of a healthy divorce and provide the coaching you need to make the best decisions for your family.
After the Parenting Plan has been completed, the counselor will refer the divorcing couple to a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst to help the couple develop their financial agreement. This person is not only a certified financial expert, they specialize in divorce situations, including child support, division of assets, alimony and tax laws.
Next, the financial expert and/or the counselor will refer the couple to trusted attorneys. Only after the Parenting Plan and Financial Agreement are completed will skilled attorneys be used to finalize the legal aspects of these documents and file it with the court.
The result of this process is a divorce that costs much less: less money and less of the emotional strife and years of residual resentment that come from legal battles. If you are facing divorce, please call and make an appointment for more information and turn your ideas about divorce and its difficulty Upside Down. We can help!
**Are you a therapist, coach or counselor who would like to bring Upside Down Divorce to your practice? Contact us for information on training.
Play therapy provides children an opportunity to process painful events, express their emotions in a way that is natural to them, and learn new skills. Our play therapists use a variety of toys and art supplies to develop a positive relationship with the child and facilitate healing and change.
Adolescent counseling requires a positive and trusting relationship between the teenager and their counselor. Our therapists are expert at connecting with teens, accepting them and helping them solve problems and grow. Many adolescents seek counseling for help with relationships, depression, anxiety, self esteem and learning to make positive choices.
Family counseling includes multiple members of one family. For example, parents and teens may work together with a therapist to make agreements and solve problems. Parents and children of all ages may participate in art, experiential activities, or discussion to increase understanding and find new ways of relating to one another. Sometimes adult members of a family participate in counseling to solve relationship problems or recover from past hurt and resentment.
Our Family Counselors: Andrew McConaghie, LCSW Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S Laura Freeman, LAMFT, LAPC Maggie Walsh, PhD, LPC, RPT, CPCS Cristiane Uchida, APC, NCC Miriam McGee, LPC, NCC Alyson Kotun, LPC
Many couples wisely seek counseling before they are married. This helps couples increase their awareness of potential areas of conflict, clarify relationship expectations, improve communication and proactively plan for the kind of relationship they want to have. Any of our couples counselors can help with pre-marital counseling.
Divorce is difficult. We offer solutions that benefit the whole family, resolving differences with respect and cooperation. Tracy and Andrew McConaghie provide expert guidance in creating parenting plans, solving conflicts, and supporting children through a divorce.
Please contact us for more information about how we can help.
The real purpose of discipline is to equip children with the skills they need to be successful adults, and to create loving family relationships.
Tracy McConaghie is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and teaches strategies that address whining, power struggles, sibling rivalry and other problem behaviors. Her classes, workshops, and individual consultations provide powerful discipline tools for both parents and teachers. These tools increase responsibility, respect and cooperation in children. Tracy’s workshops are encouraging, fun, dynamic and experiential.
The following is a list of options available to learn more about Positive Discipline:
Certified Positive Discipline Trainer: Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S