Psychologist Constance Ahrons has three decades of experience helping couples and families cope with divorce and its aftermath. She is a sought-out speaker and expert, and the author of the bestselling books “The Good Divorce” (HarperCollins) and “We’re Still Family” (HarperCollins). She also co-authored the highly regarded “Divorced Families” (W.W. Norton).
Dr. Ahrons also directed the Marriage and Therapy Ph.D. Training Program at the University of Southern California and did research at Harvard on the effects of divorce on grown children 20 years later. She coined the term “binuclear family” and was an early champion of collaborative divorce, a no-court, respectful team approach to divorce.
Dr. Ahrons still works frequently with those navigating a divorce, both as a coach and a therapist. Her coaching will provide targeted advice and guidance around issues that often arise during a divorce, such as custody, living arrangements, co-parenting, how to choose a mediator, how to deal with anger, when it’s OK to date, to introduce that date to your children (or have that date sleep in your house). Many issues arise after divorce, such as problems with co-parenting, revisions in living arrangements, how to integrate a new partner in to the binuclear family and changes due to remarriage of one or both parents.
Coaching requires a minimum of two sessions; most issues can be handled within 2-4 sessions, either by phone or in-person.
For individuals who want longer, more thorough help with problems related to their divorce, psychotherapeutic counseling is more appropriate than coaching.
Dr. Ahrons also consults with mental health professionals and educators wanting a valuable second opinion or added insight.
She has been tapped for her expertise on radio and television shows, including The Today Show, NPR, Good Morning America and Oprah.