The "divorce coach" is unique to collaborative law. A divorce coach is a mental health professional – often a psychologist or an LCSW – who assists the client in being able to effectively move through the divorce. Collaborative Law recognizes that there is an emotional component of divorce that may need to be addressed in addition to the legal component.
The divorce coach does not perform therapy. Rather, the relationship is a short term one aimed at helping a client confront the emotional hurdles involved in
divorce. Divorce coaching can involve working on a number of skills needed to navigate the process. A few of these skills include effective listening; effective communicating; learning how to speak up for oneself; identifying interests; and recognizing how your behavior impacts others. Divorce coaches can help clients address difficult topics too, such as substance abuse issues, infidelity, leaving or having been left and issues related to money.