What is psychotherapy?

  • Psychotherapy is the treatment of a person’s mental health problems by talking with a licensed mental health professional. During psychotherapy a client learns about their moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors and how to better respond to life’s challenges. Psychotherapy includes interactive processes between a person or persons and a qualified mental health professional.
  • As a licensed Psychotherapist, at The Empowerment Center, Gayle works with people of all ages, but predominantly with women and adolescents, helping them gain clarity, balance, and a sense of being empowered in their relationship with themselves and others.
  • She has been referred to as “the relationship-shift counselor,” having counseled many adolescents and adults on getting pastrelationship loss and how to shift that devastating loss into positive growth.
  • Gayle believes that it is the uniqueness and quality of each therapeutic relationship she forms with clients that helps to move people closer to an improved, more awakened, and empowered life.
  • Her psychotherapy approach is eclectic and modern with a dialectical behavior therapy and narrative therapy bent.


What is Mediation?

  • Mediation is, at its most basic, facilitated communication using a third party neutral to help parties arrive at their own mutually agreeable resolution.
  • Mediators use various techniques such as active listening and reality testing to separate the people from the problem and emotions from the issues.
  • Mediators are facilitators of the negotiations and in control of the process.
  • The parties are responsible for the outcomes of their mediation.
  • Mediation is not arbitration.
  • Mediation is not psychotherapy.
  • Mediation may be thought of as “assisted negotiation.”
  • Voluntary– You can leave at any time for any reason, or no reason.
  • It is collaborative– You are encouraged to work together to solve your problem(s) and to reach what you perceive to be your best agreement.
  • Confidential- Mediation is confidential, to the extent you desire and agree, be that by statute, contract, rules of evidence or privilege. Mediation discussions and all materials developed for a mediation are not admissible in any subsequent court or other contested proceeding, except for a finalized and signed mediated agreement.
  • Empowering, responsible and satisfying– Based upon having actively resolved your own conflict, participant satisfaction, likelihood of compliance and self-worth are found by research to by dramatically elevated through mediation.

Parent Coordinator

What is a Parenting Coordination?

Parenting Coordination is a non-adversarial dispute resolution process that is court ordered or agreed upon by divorced and separated parents who have an ongoing pattern of high conflict and/or litigation about their children.  (Coates, Deutsch, Starnes, Sullivan, & Sydlik, 2004; Deutsch, Coates, & Fieldstone, 2008; Kelly, 2002, 2008).

Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process for high conflict parents with a history of ongoing child disputes. It is a process that combines dispute assessment, conflict reduction, case management, mediation, parent education and (usually) arbitration. Generally, it is a non-confidential intervention that is authorized and governed by state statute, local rule or private agreements. The underlying principal of the Parenting Coordination intervention is a continuous focus on children’s best interests by the Parenting Coordinator (PC) in working with high conflict parents and in decision-making. Parenting Coordination is designed to help parents implement and comply with court orders or parenting plans, to make timely decisions in a manner consistent with children’s developmental and psychological needs, to reduce the amount of damaging conflict between caretaking adults to which children are exposed, and to diminish the pattern of unnecessary re-litigation about child-related issues.

Empowered Divorce

If you and your spouse have made the decision to get divorced and would like to do so in a non-litigated fashion then you may want to consider using the services offered through The Empowerment Center.

Using the skills of an experienced mediator and therapist you and your spouse can work together to not only decide the nuts and bolts of your Marital Settlement Agreement, but also work together to co-create what you want your relationship to look like moving forward. This has been termed the “conscious uncoupling” process.

A legal document assistant experienced in family law documents, completes your divorce paperwork for you. You are strongly encouraged to have your own attorney review your documents prior to your final filing.

We offer several divorce packages depending on the complexity and circumstances of your situation. At your initial consultation we can get a clear idea of which package would be best suited for you and get the process started.