Collaborative Divorce Coaches

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Collaborative Divorce Coaches

Divorce Coaches are licensed, registered professionals who are specially trained in the collaborative divorce/separation process to address adjustment, conflict and emotional challenges. They work to build communication and problem solving skills between parties, for use not just in the present, but throughout the span of the family’s development. In conjunction with Collaborative lawyers, they work as a team to achieve positive, creative solutions tailored to the family in its new form. They help affirm identity, history and connection for the family and strive to best meet future needs for separating and reforming families.

Divorce Coach is the term used internationally to describe the role of this integral member of the Collaborative Process. The Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group recognizes this international status but has customized the term to better suit the local nature for our clients and potential clients.

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Mary Ellen McNaughton , BSc, MSC, MEd, CCC

Divorce Coach

Mary Ellen has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

She has been working with individuals and couples since 1985, incorporating Marshall Rosenberg’s model of nonviolent communication (also called NVC) and mediation training into her counselling practice for the last 10 years.…

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Andrew Portwood

Divorce Coach, Child Specialist

Separation and divorce are incredibly emotional and challenging events in the lives of children and parents alike. Over my years of work I have seen far too often what occurs emotionally and psychologically for many family members when this process is not supported in a knowledgeable and healthy manner. Social challenges at school and home, appearance of aggressive and/or depressive behaviours, and reduced ability to work through everyday challenges are only a few of these potential difficulties.…

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Sam Reimer

Dr. Sam Reimer from Restoration Counselling Services looks forward to assisting anyone who is looking for help to find, restore, and/or maintain a sense of wholeness, healing and balance in their life.

Restoration Counselling is located in downtown Kelowna, British Columbia. Dr. Sam provides counselling services to individuals, couples, family, and groups.

Our Kelowna area counselling services can help with many issues, such as :

  • Abuse
  • Addictions & Co-dependency
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Depression and Grief
  • Mental Health/Illness
  • Spirituality and Christian Faith
  • WCB, CVAP, & Insurance Claims – Emotional Healing


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Sharla Schofield , BA, BSW, MEd, RSW, RCC

Child Specialist and Divorce Coach

I see my role of child specialist/advocate as being in the arena closest to everyone’s heart, therefore often the most challenging for families in their restructuring after separation/divorce. I have over thirty-five years experience working with children and families in multiple modalities and settings to draw from as I strive to bring the voice and needs of children to the table.…

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Jody Sommerfeld , B.Sc., MC, RCC

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to view my profile.

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, I have met the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain membership. In addition to a baccalaureate degree I have obtained a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. I am a registered member with the Crime Victims Assistance Program, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and a professional member with, EMDR Canada, and EMDR International.…

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Joan Spence , M. Ed, BA. Child & Youth Care

Registered Clinical Therapist

Hello, I am a Registered Clinical Therapist specializing in Life Transitions. Separation and Divorce can be an overwhelming time for individuals and their families. A collaborative practice provides a different way to divorce that supports families by minimizing the impact of conflict on you and your children. My advanced training in Mediation, Parenting Coordination, Gottman Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting, Expressive Play Therapy and The Satir Family Systems guides my practice as a Divorce Coach and Child Specialist.  …