Dating after Separation With Children – Finding Your New Normal

The 5 Do’s and Dont’s about dating after separating/divorcing from your partner especially when you have children. And, when is it the ‘right’ time to introduce a new partner to your children? Written by Rochelle Long, MA, LMHC Let’s admit, dating after marriage or being together for a long time is difficult and scary. ThisContinue reading “Dating after Separation With Children – Finding Your New Normal”

Ask Rochelle…

I am here to answer questions and provide the best possible answer based on my expertise, knowledge and experience. I will answer one to two questions per “Ask Rochelle…”. Please keep your questions coming at longcounseling@gmail.com and I will do my best to answer your questions. Thank you and always remember you matter! *Please rememberContinue reading “Ask Rochelle…”

EMBRACE Our Mental Health During COVID-19

Take Care of Yourself And Decrease Unnecessary Stress During this time… We are all living in the time of uncertainty. Our world is going through an ever evolving learning curve on ways to handle this pandemic known as the COVID-19. Many people are rushing to the stores buying vast amounts of toilet paper, cleaning products,Continue reading “EMBRACE Our Mental Health During COVID-19”

Coping with Parent Alienation: Consider these Tips:

by Rochelle Long, MA, LMHC What exactly is parental alienation? “Parental alienation when one parent alienate the affections of the children so the child does not want to be with or spend time with the other parent.” (Darnell, D. 2007). Parental Alienation is not for those parents who have been estranged from their non-favored parentContinue reading “Coping with Parent Alienation: Consider these Tips:”

Is it about the parents or the children?

I was recently asked by a Commissioner, “Ms. Long, would it be fair to ask, in your opinion, should parents focus more on their children’s needs and desires rather than how much parenting time they receive?” Since I was acting as an expert witness on this case, I provided a standard answer, “The children shallContinue reading “Is it about the parents or the children?”

Is it really possible to Co-Parent with High Conflict Parents?

Written by Rochelle Long, MA, LMHC Parenting children and adolescents with intact families where there are two parents in the same household is challenging as it is. Parents who are no longer together (or never were) and going through custody battles takes parenting their children to another layer of potential complications. The decisions being madeContinue reading “Is it really possible to Co-Parent with High Conflict Parents?”

Children in the Middle of the Ugly Custody Battle

Many families ask, “how did we get here, and why doesn’t the Commissioner/Judge see it my way?” Couples are divorcing and/or separating that have children is approximately fifty  percent (apa.org, 2016) and most professionals agree the percentage is most likely higher because not every couple is legally married. Majority of couples are able to separateContinue reading “Children in the Middle of the Ugly Custody Battle”

Self Care for Professionals Working with High Conflict Families…

Self Care is Mandatory while working with High Conflict Families…Why? Working with high conflict families going through child custody battles is not an easy task.  Professionals in this field easily burnout and need to take care of themselves first so they are physically and mentally prepared to work with this population. I was working onContinue reading “Self Care for Professionals Working with High Conflict Families…”

Long Counseling Newsletter August 2018

  WELCOME TO LONG COUNSELING  We have exciting news to share with you this month! Trivia Question: Which continent has the highest population density? Summer Question? Summer is in full swing – what are your kids doing this summer? Exciting Read: Is it about the Parents “my time” or the Children’s Time when thinking aboutContinue reading “Long Counseling Newsletter August 2018”