Occasionally one partner is not so sure couple therapy is for him or her. I suggest that both partners come in together for a consultation and explore their issues to decide if this is the right process for them.
Divorce coaching and therapy are very different. While a therapist is often very helpful , a coach has a different function. A coach guides the couple (if there is one coach) or the individual (if there are 2 coaches) through the process. Specifically, the coach helps the partners deal with their emotional issues surrounding the divorce and is often present during the sessions with the attorneys to monitor the emotional climate and deal with intense feelings. A coach creates a feeling of safety for the parties as they express their feelings and needs to one another.
A family specialist is an expert in dealing with children of divorce. She is schooled in child development and is knowledgable in developing parenting plans and visitation. These range from joint to sole custody with a multitude of visitation arrangements. She can give advice about dealing with transitions to help children adjust to their situations. A family specialist works as a neutral professional always maintaining the value of the best interests of the child.