Terri DeCoster, MS, CPC, is a co-parent and stepparent coach and professional family mediator. She has dedicated over 20 years to improving interpersonal relationships among families, couples, and individuals. Most notably, Terri served as a founding member, Board President, and current presenter at the Kids First Center in Scarborough, Maine. In 2018, she received the Kids First Center Outstanding Service Award.
Terri is an experienced facilitator of psycho-educational groups for children and adults going through separation and divorce and/or re-partnering, giving special consideration to the experience of the child. She believes in a systems approach when working with clients, where even one individual can affect the whole in a positive way. Given the necessary support, insight, education and skills, parents can navigate their way through one of the most difficult times in their life with integrity to a place of peace, confidence and optimism for the future.
For Terri, this work is personal. As a child of divorce in the 1960’s and a divorced mom in mid-life, Terri brings compassion from mining her own experience of divorce and stepfamily life. Terri’s mission is to help adults and children embrace their grief, heal together, and ultimately re-invent their relationships in a healthy and empowered way. With so much stigma around divorce, she is dedicated to lessening the negative stereotypes that only add pain to an already challenging situation. Embracing change and forgiveness can be the doors to wholeness.
Terri currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Maine Association of Mediators and the Executive Council of the Maine Coaches Connection (ICFNE- Maine Satellite). She is on the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Service (CADRES) roster for family matters in Maine, as well as Family and Community Mediation. She is also a presenter for Second Saturday Maine, a divorce workshop for women.
Terri grew up in Maine and has private coaching and family mediation practice in Yarmouth, ME. She is the divorced mother of two twenty-something daughters, and enjoys gardening, art, sailing, travel, and searching for turtles off the end of dock at camp.