Dr Allison Bell2020-06-25T11:08:04-07:00

Collaborative Practice for Divorce

This site is about Collaborative Practice as an internal and external process, for the spouses and for the family of divorce.

Conflict Resolution is a process, not a destination. It involves both the external discussions and negotiations between spouses, as well as the internal shifts within each person as they absorb, adapt, adjust to the powerful emotions and changing circumstances of couple and family life. This is a blog about moving through the process, from both the personal and the professional perspective.

Collaborative Practice

Arbitration & Mediation

When Mental Health Professionals Need to Testify

What to do when called to court By Allison Bell Psy.D. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-intelligent-divorce/202001/when-mental-health-professionals-need-testify Most psychotherapy is done in the quiet of an office, talking about what is going on,

The Good Divorce

Clients often want to know what makes for a “good divorce”. They instinctively know that keeping their children front and center in their divorce process will make for

Relationship Polar Vortex

It's a New Year, and the "Polar Vortex" is upon us all.  Really.  The entire country is submerged in Arctic air.  It's warmer in Antarctica than in Minnesota.

Emotion 2 Motion


Body Language at Work

Michele Gargan, PsyD Susan thinks Jack is a space cadet. Jack thinks Susan is a control freak. Elaine thinks Mary is indecisive. Mary thinks Elaine is impulsive. Fred

Moving and Grooving on the Dance Floor

You've heard of this thing called contra dancing and you find yourself at the Guiding Star Grange, having also heard that this is the Mecca of contra groove.

Shared Weight

Parenting requires shared weight too, the weight of responsibility, whether it's running errands, covering for the other parent while they attend to something else imperative, the share of an agreement or an exchange. The most wonderful parenting moments occur when you can feel at ease in the shared aspect of the role, when you know the other parent can be relied upon, counted on to bear an equitable share of the weight of the task.

The Body Knows Trauma

Long before we can speak, we are observers, receivers of the movements and intentions of others. Though unable to express ourselves in words, we still codify our experiences

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