Deborah Clemmensen, M.Eq., L.P.

For much of my career I provided therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families, in schools and clinics, including 17 years as an outpatient therapist, supervisor, trainer and researcher at Washburn Center for Children.  My initial training was in the doctoral program in Psychology in the Schools at the U of MN, so   understanding children’s behaviors and needs in developmental, familial and social contexts has always been foundational to my work.

In 2000, I attended a two-day training on Collaborative Team Practice, a multidisciplinary way to get divorced outside of the court system.  This training transformed my professional life.   I committed to private practice in a new role as a Neutral Child Specialist, supporting children through the challenges and crises of separation and divorce (or as one of my young clients taught me to say, “getting unmarried, because divorce sounds too jaggedy”), and helping parents create developmentally attuned parenting plans to guide their future lives as co-parents.  Because I was fortunate to be among the first to be trained in the Collaborative team model, I am one of the most seasoned Neutral Child Specialists in the world.  I have worked with hundreds of families before, during and after their separation or divorce process.  My skills in this role can adapt well to almost any kind of divorce process.

I am excited to join forces with my colleague, Lee Eddison, in Our Family Forward.  We are thrilled to bring our shared experience to a new way of providing expertise and customized support for families at different stages of transformation due to a separation or divorce.

The Power of Pausing: A Simple Tool for Better Outcomes in Challenging Conversations

Have you ever found yourself embroiled in an argument with your co-parent about an emotionally-charged issue and wondered …

co parenting

We were such good co-parents, once.

It goes something like this.  You’ve done the hard work of getting unmarried with as much dignity and courage as possible. …

Children’s Issues

Children are always affected by their parents’ decision to divorce.  The question is, how?  Depending on a myriad …