HIGH CONFLICT TEAM & MEDIATION
High Conflict Team
Marianne Cottingham, ma
Clinical counsellor (CCC)
Services Offered: Co-parent Counselling, Resistance and Refusal Intervention, Parent Coaching, Therapeutic Supervision, Family Systems Therapy & Section 211 Reports
Working in high conflict situations with families, especially those who are court involved, includes a lot of moving parts and complexity. Our team is passionate about helping you and your family work through what is surely a difficult and stressful time.
I have been involved with the BC family law system in professional and personal contexts for several years. My personal experience, research, and professional involvement has contributed to my belief that the family law system is not the best setting to resolve family issues relating to children. I am passionate about helping parents be the best they can be for their children, and finding it in themselves to put their children first.
In addition to a masters degree in Counselling Psychology, I have completed a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. I have attended hundreds of hours of continuing education in the areas of High Conflict dynamics, assessments, and current interventions to help families in conflict.
To read more about my approach to therapy and the specific services I offer, feel free to explore my personal website at www.congruentcounselling.ca. If a copy of my CV is required, please request it by email.
Amanjot Gill, MSW
registered social worker (RSW)
Services Offered: Resistance and Refusal Intervention, Therapeutic Supervision, Child/Youth Counselling & Hear The Child Reports
Languages: English & Punjabi
Working with people through their challenges is something I am passionate about. Life is ever changing and provides us many opportunities for growth although those times often feel daunting and overwhelming. I believe in being both an advocate and an ally; it is my goal to support you through whatever it is that you are facing right now.
In addition to working one on one with clients, I am also part of the High Conflict Team at Crossroads. I help support families that are experiencing challenges following any changes. I provide coaching and support to parents, children and youth through therapy. Therapy services include one to one counselling and group/family counselling sessions. This also includes observing family interactions to meet the unique needs of each person; Helping parents plan a safe, healing and therapeutic interaction between estranged parent and child; Beginning initial connection and relationship building while ensuring that the views of parents and child(ren) are acknowledged and considered in decision making. I am trained to complete Hear the Child reports which fill an important role in the separation/divorce and court involved process. Hear the Child reports allow parents and other professionals involved with the family to have the Child’s views to consider when making decisions that impact them.
Lisa Low, M.Ed
clinical counsellor (RCC)
Services Offered: Consultation on Child Protection Concerns, Parent Coaching, Family Transitions, Views of the Child Reports & Section 211 Reports
I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with the BC Clinical Counselor Association (BCACC). I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I have worked in child protective services and mental health for over twenty years. Working in social services has provided me with the opportunity to work with resistant clients who are often involved in high conflict and emotionally charged situations.
Life can be challenging and although we are often able to cope with the difficulties that come our way, there are times when we can become overwhelmed with our thoughts and emotions. An issue may arise that feels too difficult to manage on our own. I provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space for you to explore whatever issues have brought you to seek support. I will help you move forward with clarity, confidence, and self-acceptance.
I address a wide range of problems including:
- Relationship concerns
- Stress & anxiety
- Unresolved anger
- Low self-esteem
- Family conflict
- Crisis intervention
- Establishing and maintaining boundaries
- Parenting issues
I specialize in the areas of family conflict, parenting and high conflict separation and divorce. There are many issues, concerns, and logistics to work out when a separation or divorce has occurred. We will work together to minimize conflict for your family as you work through this process.
I have received additional training and am qualified to complete Custody and Access Reports. Depending on your needs, I can do a full Section 211 report or either a Views of the Child or Hear the Child Report. I have extensive experience and training in interviewing children and assessing their social/emotional needs. I have been called to court on many occasions to present my observations and findings. I believe that we need to support opportunities for children to share their views and be heard when their best interests are being determined. Everyone deserves to be heard.
registered social worker (RSW)
Services Offered: Relationship Issues, High Conflict Divorce/Separation, Affairs, PTSD, Anger and Addiction
I specialize in family conflict and high conflict separation/divorce. I have 15+ years of experience providing mental health assessment and counselling in addition to personal experience with the subject matter. I know the impact that parental conflict can have on children and that there is almost nothing worse you can go through as a parent than seeing your child suffer. I aim to help families avoid the court system and/or cope, heal, and recover from their court-involvement.
Others may not know the obstacles you have faced. You may feel lost, alone, scared, angry, or sad about the places you have gone and where the road has taken you. My job as a therapist is to guide and teach you how to begin moving in a new direction.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work and am a Registered Social worker. I have taken additional post-secondary courses in family therapy and trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I help families learn to interrupt harmful patterns of the interaction and have constructive dialogue; self-soothe to prevent conflict escalation; avoid the attack/defend cycle to allow for more listening; and dialogue about issues that appear to be gridlocked. I can help with affairs, PTSD anger, and addiction.
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