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Mark Smith
Mental Health Professional

"Divorce is thought of as a legal process with an emotional component, however people experience divorce as an emotional process with a legal component."


FIRM / BUSINESS NAME: Mark Smith Counselling and Therapy
ADDRESS: Lower Mainland
PHONE: (604) 720-5889
FAX: (604) 370-5995
Mark Smith


  • Former Co-Chair of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • President of the Board, Living Systems Counselling


Registered Social Worker, Reg. #03239


The reality of separation and divorce is that it is imperative that the family make a successful transition from one household to two households.

Divorce Coaches help with the transition. This means coaching each party to have productive conversations so that time is used well and a good parenting plan is created. A good parenting plan will promote a good co-parenting relationship which ultimately means reduced stress and tension for both parents and, most importantly, the children involved.

While the coaching environment is not counselling, and people often say, "I don't need counselling!" coaches use their therapeutice skills to keep the process moving forward. We work with you one on one when necessary, but the bulk of the work is in 4-way meetings.

Even world class athletes need coaching from time to time to stay on top of their game!

And remember, you are in one of the most stressful and anxiety provoking experiences of your life! In the midst of that, you're being asked to make important decisions that will impact your life and the life of your children for some time to come. Your coach will help you to stay focused and grounded in the process. They'll help you to be at your best in the circumstances.

I have been working with families since 1980 and a practicing Family Systems Therapist since 1988 when I completed my Master degree. In my practice I see many individuals, couples and families and work with them from a family systems perspective.

I was trained in Collaborative Practice in 2002 and have added a specialty in divorce issues to my practice since then. I am a former Co-Chair of the Collaborative Divorce Vancouver group.

In 2007 I trained as a Parenting Coordinator and since then, as part of my practice, I have been working with high conflict parents and their children.


  • Divorce Coach


  • Post-graduate Education, MSW, Master of Social Work


Year Training Type Instructor Hours
2002 Collaborative Divorce Training Nancy Cameron, Susan Gamache, Deborah Brakeley, Doreen Gardner Brown 12
2007 Parenting Coordinator Training and High Conflict Separation and Divorce Dr. Joan Kelly 13
2007 Listening to Children’s Views in Divorce Processes and Developing Appropriate Parenting Plans Dr. Joan Kelly 13
2012 Parenting Coordination Training Matthew Sullivan PhD 13
2013 Arbitration Training for Parenting Coordinators 13
2013 Screening for Family Violence Continuing Legal Education 13
2013 Family Law for Non-Lawyers JP Boyd 3
2013 Dealing with High Conflict Personalities Bill Eddy 13
2014 Civil Procedure for Parenting Coordinators Terry Harris 13
2014 Listening To Children in Separation and Divorce Processes: A Structured Interview Model Dr. Joan Kelly 6
2015 Parental Alienation Training - reConnect Families Matthew Sullivan PhD 6
2015 Trainer for the BC Collaborative Roster Society - Pro Bono Training 2015 & Collaborative Divorce Bas Mark Smith MSW, RSW 25
2019 A Deep Dive: The Intersection of Family Law and Psychology 6
2019 Parenting Coordinator Training Day - BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society 6
2020 Creating Complex Parenting Plans Karen Bonnell 6
2020 Parenting Coordinators Best Practices, Case law review and Professional development 6
2021 Dynamics of Divorce and High Conflict Custody Disputes Donald Saposnek 3

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