Author Archives: Lauren Behrman

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About Lauren Behrman

Dr. Lauren Behrman is a Licensed Psychologist, mediator, collaborative divorce professional and parent coordinator in Westchester, NY, White Plains, NY, Katonah, NY, Midtown Manhattan, New York.
EMAIL: laurenbehrman@gmail.com
BIO: About Lauren
PHONE: 914-288-8428

Post-Divorce Parenting Communication: What you say, and how you say it, really matters to your children
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Post-Divorce Parenting Communication: What you say, and how you say it, really matters to your children | Lauren Behrman

Even though you may be divorcing, you are always going to be a family for your children.

If all goes according to plan, your future could include grandparenthood together. In the routine course of your children’s lives, there will be special moments (and probably some scary moments) that you’ll share with your parenting partner, including but not limited to: bar mitzvahs, confirmations or first communions, little league games, graduations, and perhaps the occasional wisdom tooth extraction or ER visit.

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Our Intention to Create Group Wisdom in Collaborative Practice: Let’s Brainstorm this Idea Together!
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Our Intention to Create Group Wisdom in Collaborative Practice: Let’s Brainstorm this Idea Together! | Lauren Behrman

As I sat in a recent five-day workshop on how to design and lead a transformational workshop, I had a “Eureka!” moment. My intention in attending the workshop was to develop transformational workshops for people who were recovering from divorce or facing transitions in their lives.

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Training a New Generation of Collaborative Professionals
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Training a New Generation of Collaborative Professionals | Lauren Behrman

Early in May, I had the opportunity to be a trainer in NYACP’s Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training. My training team consists of two attorneys, MaryEllen Linnehan and Deb Wayne, and a financial neutral, Marty Blaustein, and myself as the mental health professional. Even though we’ve offered this training many times before, our team worked for a year and a half to reinvigorate it—making it more user-friendly and accessible.

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A Letter from China: International Collaboration with Mental Health and Divorce Professionals
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A Letter from China: International Collaboration with Mental Health and Divorce Professionals | Lauren Behrman

{Read in 3:30 minutes} Dear Colleagues: We’re sending this blog from Wuhan, China, where we are enjoying a few days of sightseeing and absorbing Chinese hospitality, history and culture from our wonderful colleagues and their graduate students.

Jeff is the current president of The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy,(SAP) Division 29 of the American Psychological Association (APA). The division has been working on increasing its international presence, and in 2016, SAP formalized an affiliation with Oriental Insight—a similar organization in China Normal University School of Psychology which was founded by Professor Jiang Guangrong, a leading psychologist at Central China. Professor Jiang is one of the leaders in the field of Counseling Psychotherapy and Mental Health on the Chinese mainland.

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Prepare and Plan to Ensure that Children’s Special Events are Truly Special
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Prepare and Plan to Ensure that Children’s Special Events are Truly Special | Lauren Behrman

{Read in 3:30 minutes} Children’s special events deserve to be memorable and positive. Whether it’s a graduation, confirmation, bar or bat mitzvah, recital or play, children benefit from divorced parents who plan ahead to ensure that the event—and the memory of the event—will not be spoiled by parental conflict.

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Amidst Divorce Conflict, Parents Can Create a Secure, Co-Parenting Attachment
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Amidst Divorce Conflict, Parents Can Create a Secure, Co-Parenting Attachment | Lauren Behrman

{Read in 3 minutes} A safe, secure co-parenting relationship is ostensibly the most important and protective gift that parents who are divorcing can provide to their children. In lieu of being consumed by the logistics of divorce, it is important for parents to develop a more secure attachment to each other in their roles as parents.

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Parties at Odds: Conflict in Politics and Divorce
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Parties at Odds: Conflict in Politics and Divorce | Lauren Behrman

{Read in 4:30 minutes} A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association as part of their Stress in America study concluded that 52% of Americans report feeling anxiety over the presidential election. 

This election cycle has broken numerous records, from the ratings for the debates to the amount of money spent on campaign ads. More so than any election in recent memory, being on different sides of the race is tearing apart friends and families. There is such a heightened level of anxiety that some people are convinced that if their candidate doesn’t win, they’re not going to be safe, or that there’s going to be chaos.

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The First Day of School: It’s About Your Children, Of Course
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The First Day of School: It’s About Your Children, Of Course by Lauren Behrman

Making the transition from long, unstructured days in the summer to the rules and expected behavior of the school environment can sometimes be very anxiety provoking for kids. It’s really critical that divorced parents are mindful of that anxiety, and what the kids are going through during this transition. Here are a few tips to consider:

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The Invisible Children: Adult Children of Gray Divorces
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The Invisible Children: Adult Children of Gray Divorces | Lauren Behrman

{Read in 2 minutes}  The topic of the recent New York Times article Never Too Old To Hurt From Parents’ Divorce is one that receives too little consideration: the so-called “gray divorce.” We give plenty of thought to the effect of divorce on young children, resulting in ample research and accessibility to counseling. That is a good thing, to be sure. But what about divorcing couples who are older and their children are already grown? Increasingly, divorces occur after age 50. How do those divorces affect the adult children? What help is available to them?

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