Conscious Uncoupling

Conscious Uncoupling

It’s Not About Gwyneth Paltrow
(It’s Not Even About Katherine Woodward Thomas)

—- and there is nothing new under the sun
— Kohelet 1:9

‘Conscious Uncoupling’ is not a new concept one. Twenty years ago Constance Ahrons, in her book The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart told the following anecdote:

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Whose Divorce is it Anyway?

Whose Divorce is it Anyway?

If we have her marriage and his marriage, or her marriage and her marriage, or his marriage and his marriage, then surely we must have some combination of his divorce and her divorce. No-fault divorce laws notwithstanding, if the partners were effectively unequal before and during the marriage, it would be folly to expect them to be equal at the time of and subsequent to the end of the marriage. If every marriage is two marriages, then every divorce process has multiple components, ‘hers’, ‘his’, ‘theirs’ and everybody else’s.

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The Day After Mother’s Day

The Day After Mother’s Day

Family… connects us Heart to Heart and reminds us we are part of something very Special — A Mother’s Day Card for Remarried Families Did Mother’s Day not bring the joy you hoped for or expected? Were the people you would have liked to have been there for your celebration…

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Detriangulating the Post-Divorce Binuclear Family

Detriangulating the Post-Divorce Binuclear Family

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton. You may as well make it dance.” — George Bernard Shaw The theoretical model for understanding the post-divorce binuclear family and obtaining family systems change through individual coaching is based on work by Carter & McGoldrick, in The Expanded Family Life…

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We’re Still Family

We’re Still Family

The post-divorce binuclear family, analogous to the binuclear house, is two domains; both separated and joined by, a common courtyard (the children) defined by a limited partnership agreement (the parenting plan). Most importantly even though they are now living in two separate houses, a post-divorce family is still a family,…

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The Emotional Divorce

The Emotional Divorce

Coaching for a good emotional divorce: disconnecting from the marriage in a functional way Divorce is a detour on the road map of the family career, an unexpected and off schedule process of family change. In her book The Good Divorce, Constance Ahrons describes the process of the Emotional Divorce…

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Bowen Family Systems Coaching


Bowen Family Systems Coaching with Ronald B Cohen, MD is the treatment of choice for complicated relationship problems and intergenerational conflicts. Include the whole family in resolving and improving what is going on right NOW! When the entire family works to make the difficult journey together, the results are almost magical.
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If you are experiencing family relationship problems and distress, don’t treat all therapists alike. Look for a Family Therapist who has had specific training, is comfortable with emotional intensity and will offer clear direction to help resolve identified problems. Ronald B. Cohen, MD works with the whole family in a manner that can save you time and be more cost effective than equal doses of individual therapy.
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