Tina Keyes is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach®, Co-Parenting and Blended Family Coach. She is passionate about helping her clients get through the divorce process with the "big picture" in mind and helping them maintain a collaborative and effective co-parenting relationship. Her mission is to help her clients’ children grow up with less trauma and a more whole family after divorce.
Tina offers Joint or Individual Co-Parenting Coaching, Individual Divorce Coaching and Individual Step-Parent Coaching.
What is Co-Parenting Coaching?
Getting divorced is hard enough, but if you’re a parent, you’re expected to suddenly adapt to this new “co-parent” role overnight and instinctively know how to work with your ex without conflict. For many divorced parents, while their intentions are to be collaborative, co-parenting turns out to be more difficult than they expected. Often, it takes years for parents to find a rhythm and work as an effective team. With every change in life come growing pains. The transition from spouses to co-parents is no different. Many parents are not necessarily a fit for "court-ordered" Parenting Coordination but could benefit immensely from a neutral third party to help them through the difficult conversations that inevitably come along with parenting children together. The addition of a step-parent can also create new challenges for the co-parents, step-parent or children.
Tina works with clients individually or jointly to help them create a collaborative co-parenting dynamic and work together as a “unit”. She also works with step-parents to help them navigate their role in the family dynamic.
What is Divorce Coaching?
My primary role is to be the client's thinking partner during this season of immense change and emotional overwhelm. I will be a non-judgmental sounding board to help the client talk through some of the challenges he or she is dealing with and create action plans which keep them focused on their overarching goals and long-term values.
My secondary role is to walk alongside the client through the actual divorce process. Often, a client will come to a divorce coach very early in the process, before they even have a lawyer or a plan for how they want to handle their divorce. A divorce coach is like a “sherpa” guiding the client forward on their divorce journey so they do not become paralyzed by their emotions or fears. I will help the client determine their next steps, which professionals can help and help them avoid the common pitfalls that come with emotional decision-making. When the client approaches divorce thoughtfully and with the “big picture” in mind, they will be able to avoid the “wrong turns” or short-sighted decisions that result in unnecessary conflict, wasted time and emotional turmoil along the way.
Often, my clients come to me for local resources - attorneys, therapists, parenting coordinators, guardian ad litems, real estate professionals, financial advisors, etc. - so I am always looking to connect with like-minded professionals who would be able to serve my clients well.