Deborah Clemmensen
3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 550, Edina, Minnesota, 55435


I am a licensed psychologist with forty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I participated in the first Collaborative Team Divorce training in Minnesota 17 years ago, and was immediately convinced of the significant benefits of a collaborative process for children whose parents are divorcing or breaking up. I have been providing Neutral Child Specialist services ever since, and am committed to evolving that role to its greatest potential. As an advocate and “helper” for children whose parents are divorcing or breaking up, I provide kids with a voice in the process and an opportunity to articulate what is important to them about family life. I help parents maintain a developmental perspective and recognition of the unique personality and temperament of each child as they develop their parenting plan and anticipate a process for adapting that plan as their children grow and circumstances change in the future. As a Neutral Child Specialist, I want to assist parents in reaching the goal of maximizing their children’s resilience and enabling them to thrive in changing family circumstances by keeping the children at the center and out of the middle. I believe that children deserve the best safe parenting they can get from each parent.

As a therapist working with many children and families of divorce, I experienced the emotionally devastating consequences of prolonged parental conflict exacerbated by adversarial divorces. When the opportunity to learn a collaborative divorce model was made available, I was eager to learn how mental health professionals can play an important role in what is clearly a much healthier process of family change for children. My experiences as a Neutral Child and Family Specialist have reinforced my strong belief in the collaborative divorce process.


YearTraining TypeInstructorHours
2009 Conflict Resolution Training Esch 8.00
2008 Conflict Resolution Training CRM Conference 8.00
2008 Advanced Interdisciplinary Training Solomon 8.00
2008 Conflict Resolution Training Gould and Picard 8.00
2008 Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training Rampi and Clemmensen 4.00
2008 Advanced Collaborative Law Training IACP Forum 32.00
2007 Mediation Training Chris Leick 32.00
2007 Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training Peggy Thompson 8.00
2007 Conflict Resolution Training Ellison 16.00
2006 Advanced Interdisciplinary Training Gamache and Smith 16.00
2006 Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training Gamache 8.00
2004 Intermediate Collaborative Law Training Chip Rose, J.D. 16.00
2002 Basic Collaborative Law Training Medicine Hat training team 8.00
2000 Basic Interdisciplinary Training Collaborative Team Divorce training team 16.00
Areas of Practice
  • Child Specialist
Undergraduate Education: St. Olaf College. Graduated summa cum laude in 1972 with a B.A. and departmental distinction in my major. Was accepted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1972.
Postgraduate Education:  Psychology in the Schools Training Program at the University of Minnesota from 1972 – 1975. Completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Psychology except for the doctoral dissertation. Completed a doctoral internship from 1976-77 as a school psychologist with the Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools.
Professional Licenses
  • Licensed Psychologist
Professional Activities
  • Collaborative Law Institute Board Member and co-president elect
  • Sliding Scale Fee committee member
  • Public Education committee member
  • Co-chair, Training committee
  • Trainer for CLI workshops
  • Member of:
  • IACP
  • Conflict Resolution Minnesota
  • AFLCC, Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota Psychological Association

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