To lessen the hostility and increase the teamwork between parents. We acknowledge that each individual is struggling through one of the most painful experiences of their lives. It is our commitment to honor each circumstance, educate in a non-judgmental way and provide information that will help bridge the gap between two homes. Children know at a very basic level that they cannot be happy unless their parents are happy. We want to see joyful children in the world, but this starts with those who care for them.
Meet the dedicated facilitators behind Cooperative Parenting
Tina Mears is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the director of Cooperative Parenting, San Diego. Tina has spent over 10 years working with CP group, bringing a wonderful sensitivity and competence to her classes. It is her goal to empower parents to become their best selves to achieve the greatest possible happiness for themselves and their children. Tina has spent almost ten years working with individuals and families develop healthy parenting practices, get unstuck from problems, maintain personal boundaries, and find inner strength. Between her own personal experience with divorced parents and working at the YWCA San Diego County with the homeless and domestic violence victims, she has become an expert in understanding the dynamics of fragmented families. She knows that through loss, anger and pain positive changes are possible, no matter how desperate everyone feels. Tina is excited to carry on the Cooperative Parenting tradition of supporting parents through their moments of sorrow and triumph and restoring a peaceful transition from one home to two.
Char Katz is a retired (credentialed) elementary school teacher (San Diego Unified School System) and has been a Group Leader for “Cooperative Parenting” since 2005. Char has also been a Parent Group Leader for Kids’ Turn, San Diego for fifteen years. Her many years in the classroom with third graders makes her particularly sensitive to the needs of children as she works with parents. Char’s sense of humor is exceeded only by her compassion. She makes her classroom experience so pleasurable for parents that they often report in their Exit Evaluations that they wish her class was longer. Char says, “I have been rewarded so much by the opportunity to help families achieve a calm and peaceful home environment so that their children can flourish.
Alair Olson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with couples and families in her private practice. Her mission is to come alongside parents and partners, kids and adults - to sit with them and hear their pain, create a safe place for restoration to unfold, and to help them find wholeness in all areas of life. Alair has advanced, specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Alair is also in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist because of her love of working with children and using play as an effective tool to understanding their lives. She has worked with children for almost 10 years and finds this to be the most rewarding part of her.