Meet Our Coaches

Dorcy Pruter

The Founder and CEO of Conscious Co-Parenting Institute, a Dorcy Inc. Company. Through re-unification coaching and co-parenting education, Dorcy provides strategies and solutions for parents and children to reconnect, or stay connected, during, and after a high-conflict divorce.

The primary focus of Dorcy’s work at the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute is high-conflict custody disputes involving emotional cuts between parents and children. Her goal is to help establish custody plans and co-parenting roles that encourage positive relationships between children and BOTH parents.

Working with both mothers and fathers, as well as attorneys and therapists, Dorcy has spent over a decade as a Family Reunification Coach and Custody Consultant. She has worked on numerous cases, nationally and internationally, garnering positive results.

Dorcy launched the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute’s Co-Parenting Coach Training Academy where she hs trained coaches to assist parents in solving their complex family issues surrounding separation and divorce.

Dorcy PruterCEO/FounderConscious Co-Parenting Institute

28364 S. Western Ave Suite 430Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275888-379-7279 

Barb Schroeder

Hi, I am Barb Schroeder, a Certified Conscious Co-Parenting Coach. I help people who are facing challenges associated with a high-conflict divorce. When they work with me they reunite with their alienated children, save thousands of dollars in legal fees and maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle even through the most difficult days. My services give people practical steps that help them move forward, a greater sense of purpose, strength, encouragement and hope.

Coach Barb SchroederCertified Reunification Coach”Healing relationships one at a time.”

Bryan Hale

Bryan is a certified Conscious Co-Parenting and reunification coach. He is also an ordained minister and has facilitated reunifications alongside Dorcy.

Coach Bryan Hale – FounderHigh Conflict Parent Solutions” Recovering Healthy Bonds”



Carrie Stellmaker

Hi, I’m Carrie Stellmaker, a Certified Conscious Co-Parenting Coach. I help parents who have experienced an emotional cut off from their children due to a toxic divorce/separation. When parents work with me, they stabilize their reactive emotional responses and learn the skills to recover their authentic child.



Emily Kreklau

I work with parents that are experiencing AB-PA that have not fully taken hold. I also help parents manage their child’s emotions when navigating between two different homes. Your child will be a kid, have a loving relationship with both parents, and continue to have empathy.

Begin the journey, I offer one on one coaching, parenting classes, and custody resolution. I will work with you to meet your needs and help keep you out of conflict and court.

Katharine Silva

Kate is a certified Conscious Co-Parenting Coach in the greater Boston area. She trained with the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute and works with parents struggling to overcome high conflict custody issues. Kate has a background in Finance and is also a divorce and family mediator. Kate takes a well rounded and loving approach to guide her clients to solve their complex family issues.


Katie Rubano

Hi, I’m Katie Rubano, a co-parenting coach. I help parents going through a divorce, navigate the strains of a high conflict divorce, and co-parent after the divorce. With my help, parents co-parent more effectively without putting their children in the middle. They regain their relationship with their authentic children. With my guidance, my parents save thousands of dollars in legal fees and much emotional aggravation.


Kenneth Nielsen

I am a chosen father, with the first-hand experience of the emotional trauma after a high conflict divorce. I have two boys, ages 5 & 8, currently living with their mother in a foreign country. I was introduced to Dorcy Pruter, after reading “Foundations”, and participated in the first Higher Purpose Parenting, which changed my life. One year later I find myself being a Certified Conscious Co-Parenting Coach, helping parents stay sane dealing with the high conflict divorce. While at the same time helping parents maintain or reestablish a loving relationship with their kids.

I work with a strong ambition to bring knowledge and solutions, wherever you are in the process. Since I am a native Dane, located just outside Copenhagen, Denmark, in Europe, I am bringing the light from Dr. Childress and Dorcy Pruter to Europe. (I am also a software engineer doing IT consulting)

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is the founder of New Paradigm Family Solutions, a client-centered coaching practice located in Central Texas. Michael’s primary focus is moms and dads dealing with the emotional trauma of high-conflict divorce, but he’s equipped to help extended family members, too.

Michael relates well to his clients; he understands personally how painful and destabilizing the process of divorce can be. Having been both a business owner and a Vice President in the construction field, he is very familiar with high-conflict personalities and demanding work environments, but none of this was preparation for the turmoil and debilitating pain he would experience from separation and divorce. It was a long and difficult process, full of trials and errors, but Michael was eventually able to turn his own trauma into a catalyst for personal change. Inspired to lessen the suffering of other parents, Michael traded in his hard hat and now helps to guide other moms and dads toward their own transformations in the midst of chaos.

Michael has trained and is a certified Conscious Co-Parenting Coach. He collaborates with CCPI and other professionals to stabilize clients, and to create an individualized plan for each one, based upon their unique circumstances and needs.

Sal DiGuardia

Sal is the founder of Rebuilding Me a company focused on helping men achieve and live their best life. He is a certified Conscious Co-Parenting Coach and works with dads going through divorce stay in contact or reconnect after an emotional cutoff. He is in IT management as Apple and has focused on solving problems for clients both in technology and in families. Sal has facilitated reunifications alongside Dorcy has masterful communication skills.