Collaborative Separation & Divorce Coach

In BC, approximately 10,000 marriages end in divorce annually.  The current trend in the divorce rate amongst couples aged 45 and older is triple that of several decades ago.  Currently, there are different approaches towards resolving family law disputes which are embedded into the Family Law Act in order to encourage a non-adversarial process. A collaborative process is when Lawyers, a Financial Planner and Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) work as a team to support clients through the legal, financial, emotional and social aspects of divorce. According to a study by Payne and Payne (2001), 86% of divorce cases are able to negotiate a settlement.  However, in some situations there may not be an option and clients are faced with going to court.  During this transition, a RCC/Divorce Coach supports clients with their emotional and psychological distress.  This collaborative approach can be beneficial in order to increase clarity on how to proceed.  

​Advanced Training/Certificates

Mediation (CLEBC)
Parenting Coordinator Training (CLEBC)
Family Law for Mental Health Professionals (BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society)
Family Violence: Impact on Separation & Divorce (JIBC)

Families, Family Breakdown and the Law (BCACC)


Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group (Executive/Member 2016-2019)
 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2012-2020)
 North Fraser Collaborative Family Group (2012-2015)

Online Video Appointments

You can access my services from the comfort of your own home or office or even on the go, via most computer or mobile devices with a stable internet connection. The video consultations are powered by OnCall Health, a Canadian company that is committed to complete privacy between healthcare providers and their clients. 

Distance Therapy is the use of technology to meet therapeutic needs of clients in a location different from the mental health professional. Telehealth research reports video sessions can save you time and reduce barriers to attending sessions. Busy professionals can access counselling during non-working hours with more ease. 

In-Person Appointment Protocol (Not Available At This Time)

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Please do not book or attend an In-Person session if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • New muscle aches or headache
  • Sore throat
  • Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
  • Are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19

My practice has taken the steps to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus within the office.  
Office Safety Precautions currently in Effect:

  • Office seating has been arranged for appropriate physical distancing
  • Physical contact is not permitted and physical distance of 2 metres is to be maintained
  • Hand sanitizer is available to clean your hands when entering and leaving the office
  • Appointments will be scheduled at specific intervals to minimize the number of clients on site
  • Clients are to wait in their car or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before their appointment time.
  • Commonly touched surfaces are thoroughly sanitized after each session
  • Payment information is to be provided when booking an In-person session with me using OnCall Health (Visa) or by E-transfer 24 hours prior to appointment
  • Informed Consent will be emailed prior to the first In-Person session.​

Joan Spence

Counselling & Coaching Services Inc