Coaches. Collaborative Law coaches are licensed mental health professionals whose purpose and goal is to help the separating/divorcing couple develop the necessary strengths and skills to reach agreement within the Collaborative Law process. The Coach works in a highly coordinated way with other members of the Collaborative Law Team. Unlike a marriage counselor, the Coach works with the couple to assist in a smooth and efficient Collaborative Divorce experience. Some of the tasks of coaches include assisting individuals navigate the difficult emotional terrain of divorce — uncoupling, facilitating dialogue – advanced communication skill-building for collaborating and problem-solving needed at the negotiation table, clarifying what’s most important – underlying interests and needs, and visioning a successful future.
There are two coaching models. In the one-coach model a single coach works with both parties. In the two-coach model, a separate coach works with each party. In either case, the coach will work closely and transparently with the other professional team members to help ensure that the process is effective, focused and productive.
All Collaborative coaches who are members of King County Collaborative Law must meet minimum training requirements.
Karen Bonnell, ARNP, MS
Transform Relationships - Teaching, Learning, Doing for Life
9 Lake Bellevue Drive, #106
Bellevue, WA 98005
Over 25 years of experience doing work that inspires growth, promotes healthy relationships while navigating family transitions. Specializes in interpersonal communication -- transforming conflict, strengthening parenting skills, and healing through crisis. Karen has coached over 50 couples through their divorce process -- helping them co-create a satisfying future for themselves and their children.
Credentials: Board Certified Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Specialist; Divorce Mediation Training through Northwestern University 2006.
Collaborative Role(s): Coach
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
Anne R. Lucas, MA LMHC, Coach
The Evergreen Clinic
13128 Totem Lake Blvd
Kirkland, WA 98032
Anne Lucas has over 19 years in private practice working with couples. As a coach, she helps to identify problem patterns and areas that might get in the way as the couple navigates the complex and painful transitions through the emotional, legal and financial aspects of divorce. This is also where a couple begins to dismantle their marriage while planting seeds for healthier post-divorce relationships in new family configurations.
Credentials: Masters Degree from Bastyr University in Systems Counseling. Licensed Mental Health Counselor, WA State; Approved Supervisor in WA State; Adjunct Faculty Saybrook University in Kirkland, WA; A Founding Member of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group; Past President of King County Collaborative Law - 2011-2012
Collaborative Role(s): Coach, MediatorTherapist
Anne K Perry, Coach
Integral Business Coach
4505 44th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
I am a development coach, specializing in communication, conflict, transition, awareness
Credentials: Doctorate of Educational Leadership; LMHC-WA; Member of The American Association of Pastoral Counsel
Collaborative Role(s): Coach
Joseph Shaub, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
10940 NE 33rd Place
Bellevue, WA 98004
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1991, Joe works with couples who are struggling to find safety and peace in their relationship. As a collaborative coach, he supports each individual as they fashion a new relationship with their former partner. This passage is often daunting, but with the support of a compassionate and experienced coach and collaborative team wonders due ensue. Joe's coaching is informed by the work of U.W.'s John Gottman and the adult attachment work which forms the basis of Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Credentials: J.D., University of Southern California (1974); M.A. (Marriage and Family Therapy), California Family Study Center (1991); Collaborative Law Basic Trainer (2004-2006); 30-Hour Collaborative Interest-Based Negotiation Trainer (2010); Instructor in Family Systems and Ethics, Anioch University (1996-1999); Adjunct Instructor, U.W. Law School, Interviewing and Counseling (2002-2011)
Collaborative Role(s): CoachMediator
Jeff D. Shushan, MA, LMHC, Collaborative Divorce Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mediation
Legacy Counseling, Coaching & Training
1818 Westlake Ave N
How you approach your Divorce, may help you create a 'Legacy', that still matters. Jeff brings over 30 years of experience working with relationships and personal growth, to Collaborative Divorce Coaching. He specializes in helping couples resolve conflict in the context of co-creating a vision for a positive and transformed future. You can feel empowered with support as you navigate your way through a respectful Divorce and Family Planning process.
Credentials: MA, LMHC, Couples/Family Therapy & Mediation
Collaborative Role(s): Coach
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