Child Specialists. Collaborative child specialists provide a unique and important role with the child(ren) of the divorcing couple. The child specialist provides a “voice” for the child(ren) in the divorce process – bringing helpful insights and valuable assessment information back to the parents and team to utilize in decision-making regarding the child(ren)’s welfare. The child specialist may work directly with the children to help identify concerns, problem-solve, and normalize some of the typical experiences of a changing family in the course of divorce. The child specialist may provide emotional and educational support for the child.
All Collaborative child specialists who are members of King County Collaborative Law must meet minimum training requirements.
Dr. Phil Brown, Marriage & Family Therapist
Beacon Couple & Family Therapy, LLC
The Pioneer Bldg., 600 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Dr. Brown is a 'Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist' with over 25 years experience counseling children, couples, and families.
Credentials: LMFT, Ph.D., AAMFT Clinical Member & Approved Supervisor
Collaborative Role(s): Coach, Child SpecialistMediator
Seattle, WA 98122
A licensed and highly skilled therapist who offers attached based parental therapy. I also do parent coaching to ensure a coherent parenting plan is implemented to ensure safety, consistency and structure for your children. I also work directly with children to discover and resolve issues. I offer a warm and caring environment during your difficult time.
Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Experienced Washington state Parent Child Interaction Coach, Certified Washington State Mediator
Collaborative Role(s): Coach, Child Specialist, Career Counselor, MediatorTherapist
Kristin Little Counseling
12025 115th ave NE
Bringing forth the voice of the child has been the center of my work for 18 years as a mental health counselor. Experienced in the collaborative divorce process, my role as a child specialist is to convey to parents and/or their collaborative divorce team, the unique experience and needs of their children and suggest practices that increase the resilience of the family as a whole. The goal of my work is to support parents in building a cooperative parenting relationship and creating a child-centered parenting schedule that fulfills the future vision they hold for their family. My office is located at the Evergreen Clinic in Kirkland Please see kristinlittlecounseling.com or the theevegreenclinic.com for more information
Credentials: MS, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist
Collaborative Role(s): Child Specialist
Yoshimi Pelczarski, LICSW, ACSW
Yoshimi specializes in working with children, teens and families. Her areas of expertise include: Inter-racial/Inter-cultural marriage, child maltreatment, PTSD, attachment issues, and family systems assessment. She is a skilled interviewer and psycho-social evaluator. As a trained clinical social worker, she understands the interconnectedness of person/family and environment. In addition, as a person of color, Yoshimi has a keen awareness of how cultural norms and traditions influence family dynamics. She appreciates the complexity and challenges of parenting after divorce and hopes to help parents to develop effective communication and practical problem solving skills. Yoshimi is fluent in Japanese and English. She is also conversant in Spanish having lived in Central America for several months. She is very familiar with both Asian and Latino cultures.
Credentials: Masters degree in Social Work from University of Washington, Academy of Certified Social Workers by National Association of Social Workers, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker from State of Washington, and Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from University of Washington. She has had numerous hours of post graduate training in areas of PTSD, Child maltreatment, attachment, and family systems theory. She has completed Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem training as well as basic mediation training. She is a published author on the subject of child maltreatment.
Collaborative Role(s): Child Specialist
Seattle Mind Counseling
In working with couples as a mental health counselor, I have found that even people who are very angry with each other, long for a time when they could be positively related. I work with that premise in mind, when helping establish a life beyond divorce. I am an advocate for children when their wellbeing is subject to decisions from the court. I offer post divorce co-parenting groups, two running concurrently so that each parent can be in his or her own group. See my website.
Credentials: LMHC Lifespan Integration Emotionally Focused Therapy Family Law Mediation Clinical Sexology
Collaborative Role(s): Coach, Child Specialist, MediatorTherapist