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Augment Your Practice
(with Collaborative Marriage Counseling)

By Joryn Jenkins

How does a collaborative mental health professional, whether you call yourself a “facilitator” or a “coach,” refer business to other collaborative practice professionals in the community where you live and work? Can you even? If you’re an MHP, it’s likely that you’ve always relied on the lawyers, and sometimes the financial neutrals, to refer you into a collaborative divorce matter, rather than the other way ‘round. But let’s take a step outside that box for a minute.

How many of you have seen one of your divorce matters reconcile because the clients were finally communicating with each other, finally talking to each other in language they can each understand, perhaps with you facilitating their conversation, about their underlying goals and interests? And because they didn’t have as little in common anymore as they had thought? Clients who were no longer stymied by the small conflicts that had escalated and prevented them from embracing the deep connections that they had originally shared, thanks to your team approach to conflict and conciliation?

If you have, then you already know.

If you are an MHP, do you offer marriage counseling services? (If those clients decide to get divorced, by the way, then they need to be referred to a collaborative lawyer.) You can also offer collaborative marriage counseling or Collaborative Life Planning services. If not, you should be. Expand the range of your services. These are a natural fit for you.

If you are a CFP, do you perform life planning services for your clients? Are you also offering collaborative life planning? If not, you should be. Expand the range of your services. It’s a natural fit for you. Let’s talk.

If you’re interested in learning new ways to market collaborative practice, even if it’s not in the family law arena, reach out to me at or find me at Your Collaborative Marketing Coach. Your marketing is my marketing! And if you’d like to learn more about how to become a Collaborative Champion or a Legal Influencer, buy my toolkit or attend my training!

Joryn, attorney and Open Palm Founder, began her own firm here in Tampa after a 14-year career in law, 2 of which she served as a professor of law at Stetson University. She is a recipient of the prestigious A. Sherman Christensen Award, an honor bestowed upon those who have provided exceptional leadership to The American Inns of Court Movement. For more information on Joryn’s professional experience, take a look at her resume.

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