Separation and Divorce Clinicians

Durham Chapel Hill Raleigh

Durham Office


Cheryl Cohen works with couples, individuals and children (minors and adult children) experiencing the pre and post phases of separation and divorce. She approaches this fragile subject by providing a safe, open, honest, and neutral setting to address the issues that are present.


Separation and divorce is a difficult experience. Dr. Blakely Mulder’s goal is to make this transition as smooth and positive as possible. She specializes in processing emotions around the divorce, helping family members utilize coping strategies and grow as individuals, and developing action plans to improve the quality of life going forward. Dr. Mulder works with both adults and children. With children, she helps them process their feelings and make sense of their new family structure. She helps provide parents with strategies for effective communication and co-parenting.


Dr. Mina Ratkalkar recognizes divorce can bring up strong and sometimes contradictory feelings for separating couples and their children. She supports clients wherever they are in the separation and divorce process. Dr. Ratkalkar helps clients individually navigate the significant mental, emotional, and legal transitions involved in divorce. She also provides couples therapy for separating partners as they work toward reducing conflict and establishing themselves as individuals. In addition, Dr. Ratkalkar provides guidance and recommendations to parents on co-parenting, discussing divorce and separation with their children, and setting boundaries and expectations as families co-create the next chapter in their lives.


Throughout her career, Ms. Bridges has worked with families in crisis and has extensive experience in managing relationship difficulties that arise during separation and divorce. Ms. Bridges understands that separation and divorce can be an uncertain, even upsetting transition for all family members – particularly children. By focusing on individual/family strengths, Ms. Bridges encourages her clients to seek common ground and solutions when and where possible with an emphasis on healthy outcomes. To accomplish this goal, she utilizes psychoeducation about family break-ups and positive communication skill-building. Ms. Bridges utilizes an eclectic therapy model based on individual, couple or family needs. She is rostered and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which promotes improved self-regulation in times of discomfort, frustration, and crisis. By teaching mindfulness and positive coping skills along with other strategic interventions, Ms. Bridges assists the family in transitioning through the challenges faced during separation and divorce.


Separation and divorce is a difficult time for both partners as well as children. Dr. Parker provides therapy to assist in the transition. Trained as both a psychologist for adults and as a child psychologist, she has education and experience working with all ages and thus can assist any family members needing help. Whether adults decide to be seen together or individually, she provides support to each partner, assists in establishing goals and provides therapy or co-parenting sessions to achieve those goals.


Dr. Lindsey Ohler works with children, families and couples who are transitioning through the separation and divorce process. Providing supportive therapy, she works with children and adolescents to process their emotions in relation to the break-up of their family. Dr. Ohler provides a warm and safe environment for children and teens to share their fear, anger and sadness. Furthermore, with adults she helps individuals


Dr. Colleen Hamilton provides assistance to individuals transitioning following divorce or separation. Her individual work focuses on life-restructuring issues often seen during that time, such as identifying support systems, changing one’s peer groups, and effective co-parenting. As one of our resident child psychologists, she is well versed in helping parents understand, help, and guide their children through the divorce process. Dr. Hamilton also works with parents to develop an effective co-parenting relationship or parallel parenting system.


From the very beginning of her career with a B.S. in Child Development & Family Relationships, Dr. Lepage has been focusing on families, and she has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, parents, and children going through divorce. Dr. Lepage completed both her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation in Clinical Psychology in the area of developing parenting plans, and is an expert in cooperative co-parenting and parallel parenting. Her combined experience in divorce transitions, child development, parenting plans, and conflict resolution make her highly sought out by people going through separation. She is skilled at helping within the traditional divorce model

Chapel Hill Office


Dr. Kevin Metz assists couples, families, and children to make the often stressful process of divorce as smooth and manageable as possible. He has significant experience working with children and teenagers who are going through or who have experienced divorce in their family in processing this event and moving through it with a healthy and intact sense of self. Dr. Metz is particularly interested in working with parents through the divorce process to provide parent guidance in creating healthy households after divorce takes place.

Raleigh Office