Kathleen Shack, M.S., LMFT

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Kathleen Shack is an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Collaborative Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Mediator. Kathleen helps individuals and couples minimize the negativity and find solutions. Through marriage counseling, couples are able to regain benefit of the doubt, understand one another's perspectives, and find lasting harmony. Kathleen works to help individuals recognize that the only way to find meaningful understanding and resolve matters with one another is to listen to the perspectives of the other, articulate one’s own perspectives, and find a way to satisfy both.

Kathleen helps families minimize the negative effects of divorce and guides them through the process of finding lasting solutions that work for their family in her work as a Collaborative Divorce Coach. As a Collaborative Child Specialist, she provides insight to parents regarding their child’s needs before, during and after divorce. As a Registered Domestic/Divorce Mediator, Kathleen facilitates confidential resolution between divorcing individuals and helps parents develop a Parenting Plan regarding their children.

Couples Counseling: Kathleen works with couples to help them understand how one another's perspectives, beliefs, actions and life history play roles in the current relationship and assist them in finding a balance that creates harmony. Common areas of focus include conflict resolution tools, affair recovery, and parenting. She has many years of experience working with new couples, blended families and couples who have been together for over 20 years.

With children, play therapy is used to help them resolve issues on their level. Families play an important role in children's healing processes. The interaction between children's problems and their families is always complex. Sometimes children develop problems as a way of signaling that there is something wrong in the family. Other times the entire family becomes distressed because the child's problems are so disruptive. In all cases, children and families heal faster when they work together.

Divorce Coaching: A brief, solution-oriented, supportive process. Kathleen uses therapeutic skills and knowledge to support, educate and prepare clients for the successful negotiation of a divorce settlement agreement. Coaching helps to reduce the emotional intensity of the divorce and helps the client separate legal and practical issues from emotional issues. Coaching assists with the transition to a co-parenting relationship and divorce partnership. When children are in the family, Kathleen assists the parents in developing a parenting plan.

Divorce Mediation: A way to settle your divorce without fighting in court. Mediation saves time, money and stress by allowing spouses to resolve custody, child support, property and debt disputes on their own terms. Your divorce can be completed quickly and confidentially. Divorce is a sensitive personal matter. Mediation allows couples to find solutions that work better for their family than what a judge might order. Mediation agreements address concerns unique to each family, while both husband and wife are more likely to get what they want.

Professional Memberships include the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, North Georgia Collaborative Law Network, Collaborative Law Center of Atlanta.

Kathleen earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Georgia and M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy/Family Studies from the University of Kentucky. A native of Atlanta, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, extended family and pets.  

Kathleen Shack Reaches

Alpharetta GA