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New Levels of Communication with My Brothers

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

One of my clients said it so well, I quoted him directly in this post: I realized in a Separation/Divorce Support Group facilitated by Coach Sherman Burns that I'd never really communicated with men, including my father, brother, and closest [...]

A Living Language

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A few men were lucky to grow up in families that weren't in an emotional ice age. For them feelings were a living language connecting them to other family members and letting them participate in each other's lives. For the [...]

Losing Friends

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

As another unfortunate part of your separation be prepared to lose friends. In Burt Bacharach’s “Darkest Place”, Elvis Costello croons: “Meanwhile, all our friends must choose who they will favor, who they will lose.” Many people are unable to be [...]

Have Parenting Backups.

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

There may be times you are unfit to parent – too stressed, tired out, what have you. My first wife and I separated when our daughter was two.  I was quite young but determined that I was going to be [...]

So Are You Really Separated?

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

California - of course it all starts there - is putting in a new law that couples can't share the same residence and claim to be separated for the year they, and many other states, require before granting a divorce. [...]

Isn’t It Great?! We’re the Ones Who Are Good at Suicide.

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Women make four times the number of suicide attempts that men do, but men are four times as successful.  Separation and divorce can really exacerbate your problem, guys. Here are three things that make our grizzly statistics worse: 1) We [...]

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DISCLAIMER: SHERMAN BURNS IS NOT A PSYCHOTHERAPIST OR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR.  HE IS A SEPARATION/DIVORCE COACH FOR MEN who in the 1980’s was one of just a handful in the U.S. who began men’s consciousness raising which became known as the Men’s Movement.  He has worked closely with men to help them to move  through the most difficult areas of their lives ever since.