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About Linda Schneider


Please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a bit about me. I graduated cum laude from Fresno State University with my Masters of Science (MS) in counseling in 1992. After finishing my internship, I moved back to Colorado and opened my own practice as an LMFT (licensed marriage family therapist.) I worked with families, troubled teens and couples. I particularly enjoyed marriage counseling working with couples to better their relationship. I discovered supervised parenting-time in 2003 when I worked for an agency specializing in that field. I worked as a therapeutic counselor for them. I spent nearly three years with them. Over that time period, I witnessed first-hand parents and children who just basically gave up on their relationship. The visiting parent was stigmatized by appearing to be the “bad parent” due to being under supervision. Families were confined to a visiting center and after a time children got tired of coming there and so their visiting parent rather “fell by the wayside.”

I determined then to find some better way of supervising parenting-time and still make the first priority the safety of the child or children. The child or children would be our client, rather than either parent, and our role would be to always put the best interests of the child or children first.

Over time, this ideal became very popular and successful and so I have enjoyed years of working with high-conflict parents and children. I feel that myself and my company has been as instrumental as possible in helping to keep children from being placed in the middle between their parents. I find this work very rewarding.

-Linda Schneider

About SuperVision Parenting

About SuperVision Parenting Business

SuperVision Parenting began in 2006 and contains a deliberate use of capital letters and double-entendre. Super-Vision, as in a “super” “vision” for supervision. That vision was and is simple; supervising parenting can be done in a far better fashion if it becomes more naturalized. Visiting parents can be less stigmatized in their children’s eyes. Children do not become bored by being restricted to one location. Therefore, children continue to want to see their parent as if they can do normal things. Parents and children are able to go out into the community and do normal activities such as shopping, movies, eating out, museums, the zoo, Christmas Lighting, mini-golf, and more.

When allowed by the court order or a CFI or with the other parties agreement, visits are allowed to be in the home of the restricted parent. Not only does this feel more natural to the children, but it also helps to prepare them for the time when their parent is no longer restricted. In that way, it helps with the transition period and keeps aunts, uncles, and grandparents in the picture, so no reintroduction is necessary. The shift just comes naturally.

With approval, sober parents with driver’s licenses in good standing can enjoy what we term “mobility.” This allows the children to get in the visiting parents vehicle and the counselor in the visiting parents vehicle with the children, so the parent is able to change locations during a supervised visit. For example, it may start with the restricted parent picking the children up from school, then driving to their (restricted parent) home, playing or snacking there, and then driving to the mall for school clothes for the children. We do thorough documentation in summary of each and every visit, which can be requested by client’s and the other parent’s attorneys. We strive to keep cases with one and the same counselor for consistency and are usually 98% successful in doing so. We further try to set a regular schedule so that especially the child or children know when they will be seeing the supervised parent.