Kathleen Coughlin, LCSW
Welcome to Ocean Vista Counseling. My name is Kathleen Coughlin, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida (SW14331) and Pennsylvania (CW016161). I am the Founder of Ocean Vista Counseling. I view counseling as a collaborative process. In sessions, you will begin to explore your feelings and life challenges, increase your level of self-understanding, learn more effective ways to cope with unpleasant feelings, and develop improved coping skills to help manage your emotions. My goal is to help you to identify strategies & creative techniques to reduce stress and to increase self-care strategies to achieve your goals. Our goal is that anyone that comes through our doors will find clarity, hope, and purpose. We stand ready to walk this journey of self-discovery along with you.
My focus is on helping you to empower yourself to become stronger and more determined to reach the goals that you set. I have a specialty providing support to families that are going through a separation or divorce. I provide co-parent counseling, reunification counseling, parent coordination, and family mediation to support families as they navigate through life changes. I provide counseling to clients in education, healthcare, emergency response, & military personnel as they navigate to balance their personal and professional lives.
My specialties include working with clients that are managing chronic medical conditions which may include: Infertility, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Cancer, Pediatric Cancer, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Lupus, Migraines, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. As an integrative counselor, my approach draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Kathleen is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Qualified and Court Appointed Parenting Coordinator, and a Collaborative Divorce Professional.
The focus of my practice is on alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution, and collaborative practice to help support children and families during periods of transition. My practice focuses on Coparent Counseling, Family Mediation, Parent Coordination, and the Collaborative Divorce Process. My goal is to help families decrease conflict in their relationship to protect the emotional health of their children.
As a professional, my focus has been working with families that are in high conflict co-parenting relationships. It is imperative to the emotional health of the children that their feelings and voices are heard by their parents. It is also important for the children to be allowed to love both parents freely without pressure from the other parent.
“Co-Parenting is not a competition. It’s a collaboration of two homes working together with the best interest of the child at heart. Work for your kids, not against them.” – Dr. Anne Brown
Before opening my practice in Florida in 2018, I previously owned a behavioral health counseling practice in Pennsylvania, which was established in 2001. I worked with local courts to assist families that were struggling to co-parent together. I have been focusing my training and experience in supporting families as they agree to work together to make decisions that are in the best interest of their children. My role is to help children and families navigate through the process of separation and divorce.
If parental divorce becomes high conflict, it becomes extremely detrimental to the children if they are placed in the middle of parental conflict. I encourage parents to prioritize the needs of the children as they make all choices and decisions for their families. During the divorce process, negative emotions may surface between parents. It may be essential for each parent to seek their own emotional support so that you can manage your feelings in a healthy way.
“The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior. The sign of truly great parenting is the parent’s behavior.” – Andy Smithson
Counseling sessions can are held in person at our office in Ormond Beach, or Online Telehealth Counseling is available through a Secure HIPAA Compliant Video platform. Our counselors offer daytime and evening appointments to support your busy schedule.
Please visit our consulting website www.kcoughlinlcsw.com where you can learn more about Co-parent Counseling, Reunification Counseling, Family Mediation, Collaborative Divorce Practice, Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, and Immigration Psychosocial Reports.