Why have a divorce coach? Since divorce is such an emotional process, the active involvement of trained mental health professionals is of great importance if one is to divorce healthfully and emerge from divorce ready to rebuild a positive and happy life. Even if one has never had emotional difficulties or felt the need to consult with a psychologist, it is important to realize that divorce is an experience that challenges the coping of all who go through it.
What role is the divorce coach in the process? Collaborative Divorce Coaches are all licensed mental health professionals (for example, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists). Each Coach is experienced in the area of divorce and each Coach receives specialized training in Collaborative Divorce and the Collaborative process. While each Coach is also a therapist in his/her professional life, Coaching and psychotherapy are two different things. Coaches are not functioning as therapists. Indeed, it is true that the divorcing parties sometimes have a therapist they have been working with – and they are encouraged to maintain their therapeutic relationship. Coaching and psychotherapy are different in some important ways such as:
There are different models for Collaborative Practice. Some of the models do not use Coaches at all and, instead, use only a two-attorney team. As Collaborative Practice becomes more and more established and common, Collaborative professionals recognize that the use of Coaches on Collaborative teams is crucial to the positive outcome of cases.