What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is a reasonably-priced dispute resolution process established by North Carolina law for settling divorce and family law disputes outside of court.  Learn more about Collaborative Divorce.

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Are you feeling overwhelmed, powerless or concerned as to how to support your child through the many emotions and changes that occur during a divorce? 

Do you feel hopeless or confused as to how you and your spouse could ever develop a successful co-parenting plan?

You and your child are most likely experiencing a wide range of emotions during this stressful time.  Developing a plan to help your child cope successfully with the effects of divorce/separation will be critical for the short and long term wellbeing of your child.  Collaborative Divorce provides a healthy, supportive alternative to high-conflict divorce.  After working with many families during and after divorce and separation, Kim Restivo, MA, LPC understands that divorce can be a time of high stress with limited communication.   She has helped many families navigate through this transition phase and develop successful co-parenting relationships.  Ms. Restivo is pleased to offer her services as a Child Specialist in the Collaborative Divorce process.  

Kim Restivo is passionate about helping children and believes that children should have a voice in the separation process.  Through her interviews she can provide that voice and advocate for the best interests of your child by providing information useful to the development of the co-parenting plan.  Ms. Restivo can provide insight by actively listening to their questions, worries, feelings, needs and hopes during the interview process.  Her goal as a Child Specialist is for your child to maintain an optimal relationship with both parents and for you and your spouse to develop a successful co-parenting plan which will enable your family to successfully transition to raising your child in two homes.   Choosing to work together as co-parents offers your family the possibility of a future that you can be proud of because of the choices you made during the divorce and can be one of the anchors of your family’s future stability and happiness.

Kim Restivo is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been providing services for over ten years to children and families. Some of her strengths include being positive, empathic, warm, patient and playful in her counseling relationships.  Ms. Restivo believes in a family centered approach to her interviews where you, your spouse and your child can be heard and feel safe.   She is skilled at facilitating communication with children of all ages.  Strategies include but are not limited to verbal interviewing with older children and play and art to encourage communication in younger children.  Ms. Restivo is knowledgeable in child development and also specializes in treating anxiety and sleep disorders.

Kim Restivo’s interest in counseling grew from being an elementary special education teacher for 5 years.  She decided to pursue training in counseling and received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley College in 2000. While at Lesley, Ms. Restivo also specialized in the use of expressive arts therapies in counseling sessions.  She provided counseling to children and adolescents in homes, schools, offices and day treatment prior to opening her private practice 6 years ago in Wilmington, NC.  She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Contact information for Kim Restivo, MA, LPC:

1508 Military Cutoff Rd, Suite 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: (910) 515-7021
Fax: (910) 679-4563