Co-Parenting Counseling

Why co-parenting counseling?

Co-parenting counseling can help with the transition of having a role as a former partner to a cooperative and complementary role as co-parent. The goal of co-parenting counseling is to help improve parenting relationships by reducing conflict and helping improve communication as we protect and improve the overall well-being of the children involved. You can learn different techniques to help manage anger and improve communication skills.

How do I co-parent with a difficult ex?

We all have our side of a story, there are always three sides to one story, his, hers, and the truth. To the mother the father may be the toxic parent and to the father the mother may be the toxic parent.

 In order to have a healthy co-parenting relationship, parents must:

  •  Avoid speaking negatively about the other parent to the child.
  • Identify what is most important to you as a parent
  • Support communication between the child and ex
  • Consider each other when making decisions about the child

Who is this benefiting?

It is not about you, it is about the child. When the child comes first, when parents work on their own recovery by putting their resentment to the side, they will gain peace and a better co-parenting relationship.

If you or anyone you know may be struggling with Co-parenting and live in the Chicagoland area, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and speak to a professional.


Graduate Intern


Serani, D. (2012, March 28). The Do’s and Don’ts of Co-Parenting Well. Retrieved from, sometimes called joint,reciprocal interactions of each parent.


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