Bhakti Cohen

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115 NE 7th Avenue, Ste 103
Gainesville, FL 32601

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Description of Practice

As co-founder of Family Mediation Solutions, Bhakti Cohen sees the divorce process differently. She views it as a family deconstructing and restructuring and strives to ensure that it takes place in as dignified and peaceful a manner as possible. Bhakti and her business partner Pam Schneider help couples of all persuasions resolve a variety of family issues. When children are involved, Bhakti is exceptionally empathetic to concerns about their well-being and places their interests first. Further advocating for children, Bhakti advises parents on state-of-the-art approaches that research has shown to be highly effective. In every case, Bhakti utilizes her expertise in Collaborative Law to promote dignified, creative problem solving. She draws on her skills as a mental health professional and a parenting plan expert to create harmony between the mediating parties, as well as to assist in constructing a plan for co-parenting that is specific to each family's need and effective over the long term. Bhakti creates an atmosphere in which the parties fully hear one another and will be heard as they work to build restructured lives. She also enlists the assistance of a trained and certified therapy dog who is amazingly perceptive in his own right. Bhakti has been married to her husband for nearly 45 years. They have two grown sons who are well-established in their careers and family life, with six children among them. When she's not guiding clients on new paths, Bhakti enjoys walking and bicycling rails to trails.

Professional Background

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator; Collaborative Divorce Law Professional; Parenting Coordinator


Extensive experience in Family Mediation, the Collaborative process of divorce as well as Parenting Plan Expert


BA in Comparative Religion, University of Florida MA in Counselor Education, University of Florida EdS in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Florida NCC National Certified Counselor


Solution Focus, Mindfulness Based Negotiations, Collaborative, Child centered

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • LGBT
  • Marital Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Psychotherapist
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Parenting Coordinator

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.