Main office is located in Shoreline, WA.
FRC offers services for families involved with the family court system. Sometimes while working through a dissolution, modification of a parenting plan, or complex issues involving visitation, the court may suggest therapeutic services to help improve parent-child relationships. At FRC we specialize in the kind of therapy and services that are unique to families enduring the stress of litigation. Many of our cases involve issues of domestic violence, substance abuse & dependency, child abuse & neglect, and parental alienation. We offer reunification therapy, therapeutic visitation, parent coaching, and risk-for-violence and parental alienation evaluations. Our clinical director, Kim Von Bahr, specializes and investigates cases of alleged parental alienation and has provided expert court testimony. FRC is interested in research that helps the therapeutic and legal community provide best practice solutions to families in conflict due to alienation. Parental Alienation encompasses a spectrum of behaviors along a continuum from mild to severe, including issues involving Alignment, Enmeshment, and Triangulation. For more information about research opportunities, scroll down to "Current Research".
About the Clinical Director, Kimberly Von Bahr
Kimberly Von Bahr, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as clinical director at FRC. As a former CASA and now a Superior Court-approved Guardian ad Litem in 7 Washington state counties, Kim has worked to support families involved in high conflict family litgation since 2000 and in 2010 made the decision to devote her entire practice to the very specialized area of reunification therapy. She continues to serve as a GAL, conducts training to therapy colleages and legal professionals about the reunification process along with her second area of expertise and research interest, parental alienation. Kim continues to research and publish articles describing how the transactional processing of enmeshment and triangulation in the family system serves to operate as a function of parental alienation.
Therapeutic Visitation- Benefits during the reunification process
Our Edmonds office is steps away from the ferry.
If you are court-ordered for reunification therapy, part of this process will include an intake and participation in individual or joint therapy. In addition to traditional therapy, visits are sometimes recommended as a form of therapy. "Therapeutic visitation" can be an appropriate bridge to either supervised visitation or for the gradual integration of visitation that has been agreed to in a parenting plan. This type of visitation is ideal when parent coaching may be helpful during visits, or when a child may benefit from an interactive visit involving the reunification therapist.
Services at FRC- How to get started
Most of the referrals we get come from attorneys or parents themselves, for services which have been ordered through the court. Before we begin services, we'll ask for a parenting plan or the most recent court order describing the services required. With that, we can schedule an intake. Please visit our 'Fees' page for hourly fees and in most cases, a retainer will be charged. Also, FRC requires language in the court order designating FRC as the provider of services (sample language can be found on the 'Attorneys' page). Once we begin working with the family, we typically make recommendations regarding estimated length of services, progress made, and any additional services which may assist the family (parent(s) and/or children). At FRC we take a hybrid approach to therapy--that is, working from the knowledge base of how therapy will assist families in moving forward through the court process. Services provided include:
- Reunification Therapy
- Therapeutic Visitation (Interactive Parent coaching facilitated by a therapist)
- Guardian ad Litem Services (Title 26)
- Assessments & Evaluations for Parental Alienation
- Assessments & Evaluations for Risk for Abuse/Risk for Violence (Psychological/Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse) with recommendations made for supervised visitation and/or a residential schedule
***Current Research on Family Conflict :
***VISITATION RESISTANT YOUTH***
Teen participants (ages 13-17) are being recruited for a 10-week therapy AND support group which will meet weekly: First Cohort: March-June 2014; Second Cohort: July- September 2014. Eligible youth will meet the following critieria: Have been exposed to family conflict resulting in refusal to see a parent or dissatisfaction with the visitation schedule; or, where allegations of parental alienation have been a part of a family court case. The pilot study will evaluate how the use and delivery of evidence-based psychoeducation in the context of group therapy will assist youth in cognitive reframing of parental conflict, with an equal emphasis on peer-validation. Participants will receive a scholarship for participation; a minimal co-pay to cover cost of materials will be administered. Interested parents should call the screening intake line at: 206-417-4722.
Please phone (206)417-4722 or (206)418-8882; Fax (206)417-4723. Inquiries may also be emailed to: email@example.com. Please phone if you wish to fax documents greater than 20 pages.
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