Tips for suggesting counseling for your loved one

    There are times in all of our lives when someone close to us suffers emotionally. It could be as a result of depression from the loss of someone close to them, or from a period of long-term unemployment, poor adjustment to divorce or separation or it may even stem from distant events, such as physical or emotional abuse they endured as a child. As much as we may try, as a close friend or family member, we are not usually in the best position to provide what is needed for helping them to deal with these emotions properly. It isn’t the easiest thing …

    Your Children Deserve an Unbiased, Quality Social Investigation. Here’s What to Look For Before Agreeing to Your Family’s Custody Evaluator

      When going through a divorce, if it has become abundantly clear that you and your ex are not able to come to an agreement regarding post-divorce parenting plans, families can ask the Court to order a child custody evaluation, also referred to as a social investigation, to occur, in order to help the Judge make an informed final decision. Because these evaluations can literally change the outcome of a case, careful consideration must be made prior to agreeing to a forensic psychologist.  Once the order has been signed by the judge, the evaluator cannot be replaced and you are stuck with them, despite concerns that may arise as the investigation is taking place. At our …

      Divorcing Moms: How Confidential Therapy Can Help You Co-Parent & Cope In Your New Role

        Sometimes, the part of the divorce process women find most difficult can often be directly after it is finalized. This is when women often feel frustrated and vulnerable due to role changes, environmental changes, and possibly financial changes. With all these changes occurring at once, women often come in feeling a bit overwhelmed and at times, feel that they are unable to communicate their feelings or requests with their former spouse effectively. For this reason, we are here to help you. Here are some quick tips for mothers after divorce: The key to co-parenting is to focus on your child. …

        How our Divorce and Co-Parenting Counselors are Helping Fathers Adjust to New Roles

          How our Divorce and Co-Parenting Counselors are Helping Fathers Adjust to New Roles Today, with post-divorce parenting time protocols leaning towards 50/50 custody, many fathers are learning to adjust to single parenthood, with children that are simultaneously going through big adjustments and emotional turmoil. After a divorce, fathers can be left to adjust to new homes, new routines, and new responsibilities now that there are no longer two parents splitting the duties within one home. These changes can clearly cause single dads with increased levels of stress, self doubt, sadness, insecurity, and frustration. To help with this, our counselors are skilled …

          Local Forensic Psychology Practice Offering Free Counseling for Anyone Affected by the Tragic Murder of Kimberly Lindsey and the Related Suicide of her Former Husband

            In a Press Release made to the public by Palm Beach County’s Sheriff this afternoon, our community learned that the brutal murder of Kimberly Lindsey was committed by her ex-husband, and that he has now killed himself in a Miami Dade residence. With this terrible news hitting so close to home, Dr. Kristin Tolbert, a forensic psychologist and owner of the Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc., would like to invite anyone who is having difficulty coping with this terrible tragedy to call our practice and schedule an appointment, free of charge, with one of our forensically trained therapists. We are keenly aware that there are many family members, friends, police investigators, co-workers, and neighbors who will likely have a difficult …

            What to Expect During Reunification Therapy in Palm Beach County, Florida

              Reunification Therapy is a practice that is now becoming more common for families who have experienced a high-conflict divorce or separation. Reunification Therapy can be defined as a kind of therapy used to re-introduce the parents and children to a supportive relationship, under the supervision and therapeutic guidance of a skilled therapist. Typically, the amount of time the process will take relies on the level of resistance from each of the parents, as well as the cooperation of the children. The time it takes to fully assess each individual involved will also play a large role in the length of …

              Parental Alienation Questionnaire

                Parental Alienation has been defined as a group of behaviors that effect a child’s mental and emotional well-being and can interfere with a relationship of a child and either parent. These behaviors are often accompanied by high conflict marriages, separation or divorce. These behaviors, whether verbal or non-verbal, can cause a child to be mentally manipulated into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and/or the enemy, to be feared, disrespected or avoided.  Obviously, these behaviors can impede a child’s upbringing which means any behaviors from either parent should be caught early and treated before further …

                Tips for Creating a Long Distance Parenting Plan: Interstate & International Relocation

                  One of the hardest tasks that parents face when going through the divorce process is creating a parenting plan that works for the children and both of the parents. To complicate matters, if one parent decides that it is necessary to move a significant distance from the other, the ability to negotiate details and compromise on small issues diminishes. Bottom line – one parent often feels as if they are getting the very short end of the stick. The idea of being physically far from one’s child can evoke some very STRONG emotions, so naturally, these cases tend to be …

                  Best Interest Factors for Interstate Relocation Disputes

                    Best Interest Factors for Interstate Relocation Disputes When dealing with an interstate relocation dispute case, it is very important to be aware and familiar with the “best interest of the child” factors for all states involved. Each state has unique “best interest” factors that they believe play an important role in keeping children safe in their state. These factors also play a major role in relocation disputes when the court must make a decision about which services to provide, what action to take, and which intervention to implement. The term “best interests of the child” refers to the long and …

                    False Sexual Abuse Allegations & Parental Alienation: The Malicious use of Florida’s “Keeping Children Safe Act” – It Deserves a Closer Look

                      Among many other states, Florida has taken a strong stance when it comes to protecting innocent children from being exposed to those who have been accused of sexually abusing them. In 2007, The Keeping Children Safe Act was adopted in the Florida legislative session and was intended to be utilized when a child’s parent, relative, or caregiver has been accused of any form of sexual abuse. The Act demands that until the matter can be presented in a court hearing, protective actions must be put in put in place to prevent the child from potentially being re-exposed to any further …

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