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Carol R. Hughes is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and family-focused divorce professional in private practice in Laguna Hills, CA. She holds her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, achieving both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors and is a two-time Fulbright Scholar. Carol is a Board-certified hypnotherapist and EMDR therapist.

For more than thirty years, she has helped adults, adolescents, and children heal their pain. For ten years, Carol served as an associate professor of Human Services at Saddleback College, training prospective counselors, therapists, and others pursuing professions in human services.

In addition to her work as an individual, couples, and family therapist, Dr. Hughes has served as a court-ordered family therapist, reunification therapist, child and co-parenting specialist, collaborative divorce coach, and mediator. She has assisted hundreds of parents and children facing separation and divorce.

In 2003, Carol was a co-founder of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC), an interdisciplinary practice group of divorce professionals dedicated to respectful, peaceful, out-or-court divorce solutions for families. She has served on CDSOC’s Board of Directors in numerous capacities, including President.  She serves as a Collaborative Divorce Coach, Neutral Child Specialist, and Team/Case Manager in Collaborative Divorce and Team Co-mediation cases. Carol has advanced training in Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Practice, family mediation, interest-based negotiation, developmental issues of children of divorce, domestic violence, trauma recovery, chemical dependency, and eating disorders.

In 2009 Carol was a co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce Education Institute (CDEI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide excellent training for collaborative professionals and education for the public about peaceful and respectful solutions for families who are restructuring before, during and after the divorce process.

From 2010-2012 Carol served as a member of the Professional Development Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).  She has also served on the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice of California (CP Cal), the Professional Outreach Committee, and the CP Cal Annual Conference Program Committee.  In 2011 CP Cal honored Carol with the Eureka Award that recognizes those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California.

She is an author, who frequently trains and mentors mediation and collaborative divorce professionals, and she has appeared on the Time Warner Public television series “How to Get a Divorce.” Carol is a frequent statewide and international presenter about the effects of divorce on families.

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Bruce R. Fredenburg, M.S., LMFT, Co-author of Home Will Never Be the Same Again: A Guide for Adult Children of Gray Divorce helps families solve painful problems that they are struggling with and have not been able to solve on their own. He is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist board certified in clinical hypnosis. He has created and taught parenting classes for adoptive and foster parents. Trained and experienced in chronic pain management, trauma, addictions, mediation, and collaborative divorce, Bruce helps families as a therapist, divorce coach, child and co-parenting specialist, and mediator in his practice in Laguna Hills, California.

Bruce has created and presented training programs for corporations, government agencies, schools, and professional associations since 1989. He was awarded Speaker of the Year by the Professional Speakers Network. He has authored several Audio Learning and Self-Help Programs including Anxiety Solution, Sleep Solution, Take the Pain Out of Change and Men and Women: How to Understand Each Other.  Bruce has presented multiple times at California’s annual statewide conferences for collaborative professionals, and presented at the International Association of Collaborative Professionals annual Forum. In 2018 Bruce was chosen by Collaborative Practice California to receive the Eureka Award which recognizes and honors “those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California.”

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