DIVORCE AND MEDIATION CENTER
Services Provided and Fees
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 individuals 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.
When co-parents collaborate in a respectful, constructive manner, children feel secure and confident in their parents, who are still working together but living a part. However, co-parents may still harbor hurt or resentment or blended family members may have different parenting practices, which makes respectful, productive communications challenging. Co-parent coaches offer guidance to help parenting partners navigate through these difficulties, so that the children are not put in the middle and feel loved, safe and supported, despite any family restructuring. Whether you’ve been married, lived together, are remarried or are a stepparent, coaches will help as you learn to work together to successfully put the children’s needs first within their two-home family. Coaching is available for anyone struggling with co-parenting, parenting or blended family issues, including individuals, co-parents, single parents, stepparents, new partners and/or grandparents. Coaching sessions are arranged based on need, and may be occasional consultations, short or long-term support, during times of transition or in times of crisis. Effective coaching creates a solid foundation for families to build healthy, harmonious interpersonal family dynamics, where children, and adults alike, can thrive.
$50/hour per individual or $80 per couple
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)
Separation/Divorce Support Group for Children (ages 4-8yrs)
For many children, the pain and loss that accompany parental separation and/or divorce can be too much to handle on their own. The Divorce and Mediation Center offers a safe, fun place where your children can learn coping skills that will help them process these feelings and move forward. The group blends therapeutic play activities, such as games, story-telling and arts and crafts to facilitate healing and supportive discussions. Groups meet weekly for 6-weeks and are an hour in length.
$25/person per group
Separation/Divorce Support Group for Pre-teens (9-12 years)
Preteens – children aged 9-12 – have a different response to divorce &/or separation than younger children. This age group has a more realistic view of life than the fantasy-oriented world of early childhood and are able to see many points of view in the matter. The main goal of this support group is to provide a safe, creative space to normalize the current transitions and be able to talk and receive support from other pre-teens who are undergoing similar experiences. Groups meet weekly for 6-weeks and are an hour in length.
$25/person per group
Separation/Divorce Support Group for Teens (13-18 years)
Divorce is never easy for a child regardless of their age, but the teen years are particularly challenging. Adolescence is already a time of transition and turmoil, with teens struggling with body changes, peer pressures, school work and their burgeoning independence. Adding to this the break-up of the family, struggles can become overwhelming. During this time of transition, teens desperately need support from a patient, caring source. The Divorce and Mediation Center provides a safe, space where teens can process these intense feelings, learn coping skills to increase stability and receive guidance to help them move forward in a healthy manner. Groups meet weekly for 6-weeks and are an hour in length.
$25/person per group
Parenting Skills Groups
Parenting isn’t easy, and, like most things in life, we tend to fare better after we acquire knowledge, learn strategies to perform better and then practice these methods. The Divorce and Mediation Center provides parenting classes to help you do just that. Our parenting skills group provides an opportunity for parents to share ideas and concerns in a supportive environment while acquiring tools to develop a stronger relationship with your child and techniques to become a more effective parent. Groups meet for 90-minutes weekly for 6-weeks.
$30/person or $50/couple per group
Co-parenting Education Group
The relationship between a separated or divorced couple can be fraught with emotional turmoil, but oftentimes, no one suffers more than a child caught in between two bickering parents. These effects can be devastating to the children, but there are ways to counterbalance this. In The Divorce and Mediation Center’s Co-Parenting education group, you will learn ways to ease the negative impacts of separation &/or divorce on children, prioritize your child’s needs and learn how to become a cooperative co-parent. Groups meet for 1.5 hours/week for six weeks.
$35/person or $60/couple per group
Couples/Marital Support Group
All relationships have their ups and downs, but having support during the rough patches can make all the difference in the world. In the Couples and Marital Support Group, we provide a safe space for couples to explore their relationship in a supportive environment, while sharing with and learning from other couples. The group’s skill-building curriculum focuses on problem areas so couples can learn ways to increase healthy communication and conflict-resolution skills so their relationship can be strengthened, creating a closer emotional bond. Groups meet for 90-minutes weekly for 6-weeks.
$60/couple per group
Separation/Divorce Support Group (Adults – 2 groups)
Recognizing that the person you have chosen to commit yourself to is not, in fact, the path to your “Happily Ever After” is, needless to say, an emotionally jarring and isolating experience. Separation and Divorce can feel like your life has been turned upside down. The Divorce and Mediation Center’s staff recognize that this is a difficult, transitional time for you and through the Separation/Divorce support group, we aim to give you a safe space for you to explore, understand and process the many emotions that accompany this transitional time. Joining the support group will allow you to talk with others who know what you’re going through and share your own experiences, which is both cathartic and informative. Additionally, our group curriculum will provide you with an array of helpful coping skills that will aid you on your journey toward healing. Groups meet for 90-minutes weekly for 6-weeks.
$25/person per group
Emotion Regulation Group (Adults)
This group is focused on increasing your ability to self-regulate. Through the group curriculum, you will learn ways to be able to live more fully in the present moment, identify and understand your emotions, better manage emotional distress, and communicate and express yourself effectively. All of these skills will enable you to forge healthier, more respectful relationships. At the end of this 6-week session, you will be able to be more in control of your emotions, rather than your emotions being in control of you!
$25/person per group