Barbara Rothberg, DSW, LCSW

Therapy, Coaching, Mediation and Parent Coordination


For more than thirty-five years, Barbara has specialized in helping clients resolve conflicts and navigate transitions in their lives. She works primarily with couples. She strives to help struggling committed couples to understand each other and develop compassion for their differences and work through their issues. The old saying that “opposites attract” is really true. The task of mastering a positive long term relationship has to do with accepting differences and learning to tolerate things that are not always comfortable.

As a Couple and Family therapist, she helps people work through emotional challenges. Being part of a couple is both the most natural and often the most difficult relationship a person can have. We are all products of our past. We bring our childhood relationships with our parents into our adult couple relationships and give our partners our best and our worst. When understood, the roots of our behavior become clearer and we can untangle the dynamics that are difficult. Couples often need help with this process.

Issues between parents and children erupt easily and relationships can become problematic. Barbara works with families together in the room to help sort out the feelings and straighten out a troubled path. She specializes in working with adult children and their parents, working to mend the ruptured bonds between generations. Sometimes this necessitates inviting in new spouses and/or step-parents, to complete a full perspective of the issues.

As a Divorce Coach and Child Specialist, she helps to customize solutions in a respectful manner, emphasizing the best interests of the child. She counsels parents on the different aspects of parenting plans, helping them develop the best one for their situation and needs. In addition, she helps parents deal with issues relating to their children. As a Coach, she supports parents through the emotional issues of divorce.

As a Mediator, Barbara functions as a neutral and uses her skills to assist each person in being heard and understood, enabling them to arrive at a fair and equitable settlement. She helps each party express their interests and develop options which can lead to positive solutions.

As a Parent Coordinator, she works with separated parents helping them to be good co-parents to their children. She works on developing a co-parenting relationship with the focus on the children, and not on their past relationship. She helps them to establish rules and boundaries assisting them to move on in their separate lives while at the same time joining together in their new venture of co-parenting.

Meet Barbara as she spoke at a recent presentation...