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Reflecting and Looking Forward

December 31, 2015

This past year was busy. I shifted my practice as it regards separated parents. I no longer provided court involved services but directed my clinical-legal work to peacemaking. I now have 18 services all directed to helping parents resolve the care of children between them without going to court. I have also been quite involved helping others (lawyers and clinicians) retool their services towards peacemaking too.

Beyond the work with separated parents, I continue to provide marital and couple counseling for all issues that can confound a relationship as well as counseling to address child related issues, literally for children of all ages and all issues. For example, I help parents with regard to their children going potty, eating, first day of school, tantrums, etc. For parents of school age children I help with issues related to academic performance, drug and alcohol use/abuse and with parents of young adults the issue is often helping to successfully launch the adult child who lingers at home unproductively. Also for the young adult and even older adult children, I help resolve relationship issues with their parents who may well be into their senior years.

In addition to my clinical work, I remain heavily involved in writing, workshops and commentary with:

  • 52 newspaper columns (I am “Dear Abby” for the Hamilton Spectator)
  • 40 blog posts;
  • 37 workshops;
  • 35 radio interviews;
  • 1,147,215 hits to my website.

I can only hope that 2016 continues on a similar path and that the New Year brings you all that you can hope for.

I sincerely wish you all the best.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.

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  1. Sharon Dillard permalink

    Happy New Year Gary! I enjoy your posts and appreciate the great advice. I am a Canadian (BC) living in Hawaii for 9 years. I have my MSW and work for child welfare in Hilo on the Big Island. Thanks again.

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