Divorce Mediation Specialist

The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling

Psychotherapists located in New York City, NY

The old saying about the fine line between love and hate can often be evidenced during a divorce. At the Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling, the team of expert therapists, led by Anthony Freire, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, Kelley Hershman, LMHC, and Kate Engstrom, LCSW, help couples in Greenwich Village of New York City maintain dignity and respect during a divorce through compassionate and understanding mediation. To learn more about divorce mediation, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Divorce Mediation Q & A


What is divorce mediation?

With a divorce rate that hovers between 40 and 50% in the United States, the need to call an amicable truce among couples in conflict is quite large. At The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision, the team of therapists is answering this call by offering divorce mediation, with the goal of helping a troublesome situation go more smoothly by introducing a third party to the proceedings.

When a partnership breaks down, the habits and behaviors that got you to this point don’t simply go away, so the very problems that broke up your marriage are often on display during divorce proceedings. Rather than falling into old, unhealthy cycles, a therapist introduces new ways to look at the situation by shifting the divorce in a more productive direction.

While mediation during a divorce isn’t necessarily new, the psychological component offers couples a way to exit their union with their dignity and respect intact, and maybe even a little love.

How does divorce mediation work?

Every situation is different so the therapists at the Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision first interview the couple separately to get a better handle on where roadblocks lie. More often than not, one party may feel like they’re not being heard. A mediator can fill that role expertly.

Once the therapist has an idea of the extent of the conflict, they work with you as a couple using techniques that are proven in the conflict resolution field. By encouraging open communication, the therapist allows your concerns to be heard while helping you find new avenues and common ground in a new space that fosters cooperation.

Are children involved in divorce mediation?

There are a lot of factors that dictate whether or not children should be involved in divorce mediation, including their age and whether their care is part of the divorce conflict. The goal at the Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision is to get parents to come together to find the best solution for them and their children. If necessary, the therapist sits down with your child to discuss their fears and concerns to make sure that these voices are heard above the noise.

If you’d like to find out more about divorce mediation, call the office or request a consultation using the online scheduling tool.