Barbara Townsend is a licensed therapist and mediator with a private practice in the Bay Area. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with the challenges inherent in the process of divorce. Having experienced the impact of divorce from all vantage points, Barbara believes that divorce’s most damaging and lingering pain comes from the prolonged conflict between the partners, not the divorce. This conflict is especially harmful to children.
As a mediator and divorce coach, Barbara helps the divorcing partners reimagine a co-parenting relationship that empowers them to create a child-centered focus for dispute resolution. She believes this process has the power to be a transformational one within the family and the broader community that provides long-lasting healing and personal growth.
Barbara encourages parents to develop parenting plans that provide a safe structure for all the family members’ health and well-being. One that grows with the developmental stages of the child and the increased resilience of the divorced partners.
Barbara specializes in working with families going through a divorce as a therapist, mediator, collaborative divorce coach, child specialist, court-appointed parent coordinator, and co-parenting counselor.