Susan Vanderwerff

Susan Vanderwerff

Susan Vanderwerff is a Collaborative coach, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Child Specialist whose hallmark is her deep compassion and wide-ranging experience working with spouses and children who are going through a separation or divorce. Susan skilfully supports the individuals and families she works with to develop effective tools to transition successfully through this often tumultuous event in their life, emerging stronger, more confident, and able to draw on a whole new set of coping mechanisms that they can rely on to face any number of challenges in their life, long after the separation or divorce.


Where there are families with children, of any age, Susan creates a safe environment for them to have a voice and really be heard throughout the process, helping parents to work through their own grief and conflict effectively as this is the key to ensuring that their children come through the separation and divorce healthy and sound.

As a Collaborative coach, Susan is a key member of the Collaborative team as she provides families with the emotional support to move forward constructively through the process. Spouses learn how to communicate respectfully and responsibly so that they can truly listen to one another and work out solutions that work for everyone. Susan guides parents to focus on the best interests of their children so as to develop a parenting plan that gives the children the best of both their parents.


Susan has a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Counselling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, and mediation certification from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver and a Charter Member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society.


Having seen the volatile emotions and unhealthy outcomes separation and divorce can generate, Susan is passionate about working with families to achieve a positive and healthy result. She is committed to helping children emerge strong and healthy from their parents' separation or divorce, and to helping parents come to a more peaceful place, through the many benefits of Collaborative Practice.


"As a Collaborative coach, my objective is to provide families with the emotional support to move forward constructively through the separation or divorce process."


Professional Memberships

  • BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • Collaborative Divorce Vancouver (Board Member)
  • BC Collaborative Roster Society (Charter Member)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals


Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Systematic Training of Effective Parenting

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Collaborative Divorce Network

778-732-1375

info@nocourtdivorcebc.com

Shelley Behr

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist

Garth Edwards

Lawyer

Robert W. Mostar

Lawyer

Susan Vanderwerff

Divorce Coach/Child Specialist

Angiola De Stefanis

Lawyer

Deirdre Severide

Lawyer

Danny Zack

Lawyer

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