DIVORCE AND MEDIATION CENTER
Services Provided and Fees
Initial Assessment and Consultation
Following completion of the intake application, if the individual or couple is unsure of which services would be the most beneficial, an Initial Consultation is recommended. During the Initial Consult, an intake specialist will obtain a family history to identify current problems. Once a detailed history is taken, the intake specialist gives the individual or couple treatment recommendations to begin collaboratively working on a personalized treatment plan.
Group Screening Intake
If a child, couple or adult is interested in attending one of our support groups, they must attend a group screening intake to assess appropriateness for group and to determine group fit. However, if the adult previously participated in an Initial Consultation and was recommended for group by an Intake Specialist, a group screening intake is no longer needed.
If individual, family or couples’ therapy is requested, usually the first step of therapy will be for one of our licensed professionals to conduct a comprehensive assessment. The therapist will explore identified presenting problems and history of these problems in more depth to formulate and develop treatment goals for on-going therapy or counseling. In legal proceedings, the comprehensive assessment may be required to be submitted to a judge or an attorney; in cases such as these, a written report will also be developed for an additional fee.
$150/hour (additional $50 if written report is required)
Family Mediation is also known as divorce mediation. It is the process in which a qualified mediator (registered with the Louisiana State Bar Association) helps facilitate the resolution of family disputes. The mediator is an impartial third party who helps each participant identify and prioritize the issues that need to be resolved and discuss possible solutions to help the family come to a voluntary agreement.
Our highly-trained, experienced licensed professionals help adults, adolescents and children explore their feelings, beliefs and behaviors in a safe, caring and confidential environment in order to set goals to address the individual’s problems and symptoms and work towards desired change. Treatment modalities used may include motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, trauma-focused CBT and play therapy with children.
Couples counseling is a process through which a couple (who may be engaged, dating, married, or partners) works with a trained therapist to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of their relationship they would like to change. Couples counseling helps couples get clarity by figuring out which direction to go towards, whether it be to continue working on the relationship or to discern whether separation or divorce is necessary. Treatment techniques may include Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Discernment Counseling, Marriage Closure Therapy and the Gottman method to improve communication, manage conflict and gain confidence in knowing what is the best decision and why.
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. This type of counseling views problems as patterns or systems that need adjusting, as opposed to viewing problems as residing in one particular family member. It can also be very helpful when families are experiencing stressful situations, such as separation and divorce. While family therapists often seek to have all family members affected by the problem in the room, that is not always possible or necessary. Our experienced family therapy professionals commonly use treatment interventions that originated from several family therapy models including Bowenian, Structural, Systemic, and Strategic therapy.
Court-Appointed Parent Coordination
Parent coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process in which high conflict parents are given assistance from a mental health professional with mediation training to implement their parenting plan. The Parent Coordinator is appointed by the court, monitors compliance of the parenting plan and makes decisions regarding conflict resolution that both parties must accept as binding, until these can be reviewed by the court.
Parenting Plan Development
A Parenting Plan is a written document, agreed upon by both parents, outlining how the parents will care for their children after the separation and/or divorce. This plan details custody arrangements, decision-making processes, information sharing, the sharing of time with the children, residential arrangement, scheduling details, including holidays, the agreement time period and other pertinent details so that all family members know what is expected of them. This plan is then filed with the court and, once approved by the judge, becomes the legally binding guideline for each parent.
Supervised visitation services are designed to help parents in high-conflict or high-risk situations have access to their children in a safe, supervised environment. Generally, the visits take place in our office in the presence of a mental health professional in an area that allows for normal interaction and play.
Therapeutic Supervised Visitation
Therapeutic supervised visitation services are designed to provide specialized and intensive services to vulnerable children and their parents, who cannot have unsupervised access to their children due a court order. This service allows visiting parents to receive support from skilled clinicians so that the parent-child relationship can safely continue and be strengthened while pending legal issues are addressed by the child protective and court systems.
Supervised Child Transfer
When there are restrictions placed on the contact between co-parents or if co-parents have a highly conflictual relationship and prefer limited contact, Family Care provides a neutral place for the safe transfer of children.
Reunification therapy is a complex, therapeutic process that comes into play in high conflict divorce cases, where one parent is not seeing the child. The purpose and goals of reunification therapy vary, but RT is designed to provide a safe place, under the supervision of a licensed professional, where the damaged relationship between child and noncustodial parent can begin the process of repair. To begin this therapeutic intervention, the first step is to go to mediation and work out an agreement with the custodial parent and request reunification therapy in order to make contact with the child.
Collaborative Legal Consultation
A couple will work collaboratively with their respective attorneys in addition to Family Care’s Divorce coaches, financial and child experts to come to an agreement of the terms of their separation and divorce.
$150/hour (including travel time)
If Family Care staff are compelled by the court to testify, then depositions and court appearances are required. To prepare for this testimony, consultation with attorneys, preparation of documents and preparation of the therapist and relevant team members are required, as well as travel to and from court or office where deposition may be given.
$300/hour (minimum of 5 hours including preparation and travel time)