Leanne Harder, RSW
BUSINESS NAME: Olive Branch Consulting
Divorce is one of the top stressors that adults face and it is often combined with another top stressor, moving. While experiencing anger, fear, and/or loss, adults navigating separation must negotiate about some of the most important things in their lives; financial security; coparenting; and where they will live. This formula can lead to high conflict, and high cost scenarios, however there is another way.
The Collaborative Process provides you with a way to save time, money, and emotional energy compared to a high conflict court divorce. Using a Collaborative Divorce Lawyer and a Divorce Coach will result in you having the right professionals for each part of the transition you are in. As a Divorce Coach, I can assist you to negotiate effectively, find solutions and avoid harming your children. Divorce Coaching is helpful for both financial and parenting decisions. I will work closely with your Collaborative Divorce Lawyer to ensure the needs of your family are addressed going forward. As a Child Specialist, I ensure that children have a "voice not a choice" in the family transition. This allows children to know their views have been heard and still protect them from the adult conflict.
My experience working with families over the last 20+ years means that I can give you helpful information and options that will work for you and your kids.
I use various therapeutic approaches including strength-based, cognitive-behavioural, family systems, and anti-oppressive. I find adult attachment research informs much of the work I do. I help parents to protect their children from the coparent conflict which is the best predictor of children's healthy emotional adjustment to their parents' separation.
I work throughout the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky. I will come to you and/or we can do online sessions to minimize travel time.
I am a Registered Social Worker with an MSW and Certificate of Conflict Resolution (Mediation) from the Justice Institute of BC. My practice includes mediation, parenting coordination, and family assessment.