parallel parenting with a narcissist

Parallel Parenting with a Narcissist

Pathways TeamAlienation, Co-Parenting, Family Coaching

Developing a parenting arrangement after separation or divorce is hard. As many parents know, underlying mental health issues can complicate the situation even further. One of the most common factors in a high-conflict separation or divorce is Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and a lack of empathy, NPD and other high-conflict personalities can make …

what is family coaching

What is Family Coaching?

Pathways TeamFamily Coaching

If you are currently working through a contentious separation or divorce, you’ve likely heard the term “family coaching.” Perhaps it has been ordered by a law court, recommended by your legal or medical teams, or maybe you’ve sought it out on your own as a means to work through your challenging circumstances. But what is family coaching? The truth is …

online conflict coaching

Online Conflict Coaching with Pathways

Pathways TeamBehavioural Pattern Finder, Co-Parenting, Family Coaching, Pathways Through Conflict

Conflict management skills are critical in family restructuring. But where can parents learn these skills? Traditional family coaching or in-person counseling has been the standard approach to date. However, in-person sessions may not be the right choice for everyone. Everything from scheduling difficulties to safety concerns (especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic) can prevent in-person conflict coaching from being …

family coaching resources for professionals

Family Coaching Resources for Professionals with Pathways

Pathways TeamAlienation, Behavioural Pattern Finder, Family Coaching, Pathways Through Conflict

High-conflict family dynamics are challenging to navigate for professionals in a wide variety of disciplines. Whether you’re a counselor, family coach, mental health professional, or lawyer working in family courts, you’ve likely encountered clients struggling to cope with the strains of separation and divorce, often leading to irreparably damaged parent-child relationships and unresolved trauma. The lack of a standardized approach …

problem with parental alienation

The Problem with “Parental Alienation”

Pathways TeamAlienation

If you’re struggling to manage your relationship with your child during a high-conflict separation or divorce, you’ve likely heard the term “parental alienation.” Maybe you’ve even come across “clinical” definitions that resonate with you and your current situation. However, “parental alienation” itself has a complicated history, and negative connotations in clinical, legal, and emotional terms. We believe that “parental alienation” …

coping with child rejection

Coping With Rejection From Your Child

Pathways TeamParental Rejection

Parental rejection is one of the most devastating things a parent will ever experience. Especially amid a high-conflict separation or divorce, it can feel as though you’ve lost everything. Whenever your child chooses not to be a part of your life, it is incredibly challenging not to become overwhelmed by negative emotions. Many parents describe feeling “stuck” in a state …