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 …

            How a Forensic Psychologist can Immediately help your Child Custody / Parenting Time Case

              How can a forensic psychologist help my parenting plan dispute? The following roles are offered by Dr. Kristin Tolbert, a Florida Licensed Psychologist, and the diligently selected clinicians at the Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc. in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Psychological Evaluation (initial evaluator) A forensic “Social Investigation”, also referred to as a “Child Custody Evaluation” is an important tool often used by the Court to assist in determining custodial arrangements of the children involved. The Court typically orders an evaluation when litigants cannot agree on a custodial arrangement by themselves, or with the assistance of their lawyers or …

              The Reunification Therapy Process and FAQ

                Every family has different dynamics, complexities, and issues that needs to be focused on. For this reason, the reunification therapy process can vary in time from family to family. Typically the time will rely on the level of resistance from the parental parties as well as the children. The time it takes to fully assess each individual involved will also play a large role in the length of the process. Process Background Information Reunification will begin once the clinician has received all necessary paperwork and documentation from both parties. This includes court orders, parenting plans, settlements, court motions, DCF or …

                Psychological Tip #1 for Attorneys: Timing is everything in court

                  Although Judges are trained to be neutral parties in the courtroom and one would assume they are in complete control of their decision-making process, studies have shown that there are several factors (which attorneys can often subtly manipulate) in order to help tip the scales during difficult trials. A large research study in Ireland analyzed the results of 1,112 parole board hearings, as they relate to the time of day in which they occurred. The results were astonishing:  Researchers clearly identified a pattern in which the judges were substantially more likely to rule in favor of the defendants whose cases were heard …

                  Parental Gatekeeping & Parental Alienation

                    Parental Gatekeeping For parents who are co-parenting after a divorce, parental gatekeeping can become a very serious problem when trying to co-parent and communicate effectively. Parental gatekeeping is a term used to describe a parent’s preferences and attempts to restrict and exclude the other parent from being involved in the child’s development. Gatekeeping attitudes and behaviors can range from very positive, which are facilitative, to very negative, which are inhibitory, or to the most extreme known as Parental Alienation. Statistics Although restrictive gatekeeping usually occurs in divorced families, about 20% of parents in “intact” families are restrictive gatekeepers, 42% of …

                    Divorce & The Importance of Family

                      Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc. is a proud sponsor of Family Day 2013! For more information on how you can be a part of Family Day visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tykes-Teens-Family-Day-2013/269671636510616! Every year children under the age of 18 are arrested in Palm Beach County for anything from drug possession to theft. Parents are always looking for new ways to get involved in their children’s lives to prevent unlawful behavior and decisions. Especially in families who are divorced, it may be difficult to be a part of your child’s life when you are on a parenting plan that doesn’t allow you to see …

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