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Parent Coordination Counseling Pinellas County

Co-Parenting Isn’t Easy

Are you and your ex husband or wife finding it hard to get along and make joint parenting decisions?

Is creating a parenting plan that puts your children first and is agreeable for both you and your ex difficult?

Do you want to help your child adjust after a divorce?

Have you wondered if or been told a professional might be help you and your ex learn to communicate better as co-parents?

Co-parenting isn’t always a very easy thing to do. A big part of doing so involves making joint decisions about all sorts of things concerning your children, whether it be what they eat for dinner tonight to which school they attend. When making these kinds of decisions results in conflict and you can’t even get close to reaching a resolution, it’s probably time to enlist help from a professional. That’s where a parenting coordinator may be able to help.

What is a Parent Coordinator?

Counseling for Parents l Parent Coordination l McNulty Counseling l St. Petersburg, FL 33701Parenting coordinators are specially trained professionals whose work focuses on helping co-parents manage their parenting plan, improve communication, and resolve disputes.  A parenting coordinator’s role will vary based on what it is that the family needs and what the court stipulates. They may be there to monitor that parents are complying with their parenting agreement, educate and offer recommendations on ways to solve issues, or even make certain decisions for the parents based on what the court allows. Even though the parenting coordinator is there to work with the co-parents, the overarching focus of their work is to uphold the best interests of the children and encourage each parent to do so as well. At McNulty Counseling, our parenting coordinators are mental health professionals with experience counseling children, teens, parents & families.

How can a Counselor Help Co-Parents?

Our professional counselors help co-parents to resolve conflicts and manage their parenting plan. A parenting coordinator will also work towards helping high-conflict clients to stay out of the courtroom. In other words, a parent coordinator will help you and your ex resolve difference without spending thousands of dollars in money and stress on a custody battle.

Many co-parents have been in the courtroom numerous times over disputes. This is stressful for all members of your family!  Are you tired of the time, stress and money involved in court battles? Maybe you’ve had a court hearing over something as small as a parent showing up 10 minutes late to a scheduled visit or disagreements over if your child needs to see a specialist physician. When situations such as these come up, the parenting coordinator may suggest ways in which parents might resolve the issue. In some instances, the parenting coordinator may even make the decision, as long as doing so is within their obligations.

Why Should We go to a Parenting Coordinator?

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As a co-parent, you may be wondering if working with a parenting coordinator is in your best interest. In essence, if you are constantly in conflict and cannot resolve issues with your co-parent, a parenting coordinator may be able to help get you out of this situation. Here are five reasons to work with a parenting coordinator.

You are more likely to spend less time in the courtroom.

Your parenting coordinator is there to offer guidance. The professional may even making decisions when you can’t come to one with your parenting partner. This way, you’ll spend less time arguing with your co-parent to no end. When you’re not arguing as much, you are also less likely to make countless return trips to court. Thus, co-parenting saves money on costly attorney & court fees.

Co-parent counseling may help to reduce stress on both you and your kids. 

Fighting can create a huge emotional burden for those doing the fighting and those surrounded by it. Even if you’re not fighting in front of them, your kids may still be quite impacted by the arguments you have with your co-parent. A parenting coordinator can help you to stop fighting so much. During co-parent sessions, the professional counselor may educate you on ways to resolve conflicts. While you will be glad to have stopped fighting so much, your kids will also be glad to have more peace. Consistency and feeling peace across both homes benefits your children the most.

Your kids may also learn better communication and problem-solving skills. 

Parents are the most important role models to their children. When co-parents are able to communicate with each other and make decisions without conflict, their kids will take notice. Your children learn positive communication skills from you as a parent.

Parenting coordinators are focused on making the right decisions for your children. 

Whether it’s conscious or not, it can be hard sometimes for co-parents to separate the issues they have between each other from the important decisions they must make in regards to their kids. A parenting coordinator comes in as a neutral third party. Co-parent coordinators first listen to you and your ex to gain an understanding of what is going on in your family system. Professional suggestions they make are unbiased and always in favor of the kids. In many cases, a parenting coordinator will meet with both parents separately at least once.  The parenting counselor may even meet with the children to better understand your family and the issues you face. This gives them better insight as they help co-parents make the best decisions for their family moving forward.

You’ll have more time to focus on your kids.

 While your parenting time is based on your parenting agreement, working with a parenting coordinator can take away some of the stress you used to have when it came to dealing with your co-parent. How would your parenting be different if it was less stressful? It is our hope that co-parent counseling will result in less stress and confidence decisions were made with your children best interest in mind.  Therefore, you will be able to spend more time focused on connecting with your kids.

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Are you tired of the constant conflict with your ex?  Have costly court battles been stressful for you & your children in the past?  Are you looking for a different way to settle disagreements with your ex about parenting decisions?

It doesn’t have to be this stressful.  As a St. Petersburg area mental health counseling clinic, McNulty Counseling specializes in supporting individuals, children & families.  We want to strengthen and empower parents, individuals and families. Whether this means supporting a mom who is adjusting to life after divorce, connecting with an angry teenager through art therapy, using play therapy to help a child express their emotions or helping parents put their differences aside, learn to communicate and make decisions for their children.  In fact, parent coordination is one of our specialities.
Parent Coordination services can be one of the best tools you can access for your family after a divorce. If you are ready, we are here. Call contact McNulty Counseling today for a free consultation and learn how co-parenting counseling can help you, your co-parent and your children find a new normal and a sense of peace.


Contact McNulty Counseling and Wellness today for a free consultation about parent coordination!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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