How We Got Here
As a therapist for over 30 years Karen watched people go through many different situations and noticed communication is the key issue, regardless of the type of relationship.
In 2006 Karen created Center for Individual and Group Counseling, CIGC, to share her expertise in counseling individuals, couples and families of all ages, as well as her experience being one of the leading chronic pain specialists.
As a therapist, Karen witnessed not only the financial and emotional stress imposed on families going through divorce but also the pain inflicted on the kids involved. Wanting to minimize the difficulty of this transition, Karen’s passion to help led her to create Center for Rational Solutions, CRS, in 2011 to provide a better alternative for conflict resolution than ugly court battles. Just like with chronic pain, the pain experienced during divorce effects the whole family.
In order to maximize these services, the former CIGC and CRS were combined to create Center for Counseling and Rational Solutions, CRS, which provides people with alternatives to contentious and painful situations in all aspects of life. For those going through the process of uncoupling, there are other options to ugly court battles: mediation, parent coordination, collaborative, or pro se divorce (without attorneys). We are committed to helping people maximize control over their family’s outcome by staying out of the court system. For those experiencing difficulty in other areas of life’s challenges and transitions, we offer a highly specialized network of professionals and resources. We found that by combining CIGC and CRS, we can give people one place to come to help them with any of life’s challenges and transitions from childhood through old age.
Who We Are
Karen D. Sacks, Founder/Director, M.S., L.C.P.C., L.M.H.C.
Karen D. Sacks has always been passionate about helping people. For almost 30 years, she has counseled individuals, couples and groups during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Karen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Parenting Coordinator. Specializing in children of divorce, Karen has effectively helped many families with issues involving communication problems, divorce and parenting.
Karen’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Long Island University as well as post-graduate work at Florida Atlantic University. She is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and is affiliated with many organizations including South Palm Beach County Bar Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), Collaborative Law Team, Illinois Counseling Association (ICA), Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHA), Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FLMHCA), Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
Karen is consistently discovering new ways to extend her expertise and compassion into the community. She served on the Board of Directors for P.A.N.D.O.R.A. (Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy). She is a past board member of the Public Policy Committee serving individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), multiple sclerosis (MS) and other related illnesses.
As the founder/director of the CRS, Karen is devoted to the families she has the opportunity to work with. Because of her unwavering commitment to helping families deal with conflict, Karen developed her “Tools for Life” approach to effectively manage life’s issues. Email Karen today to discuss your concerns.
Lori I. Day, MPA
As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Parent Coordinator, Ms. Day is an expert at finding solutions outside of the courtroom for families experiencing separation, divorce and co-parenting issues across the Broward and Palm Beach County. As a partner for the Center for Rational Solutions, Ms. Day merges her experience as a Behavioral Health Consultant with that of family mediation and Pro Se Divorce which are the essential elements in guiding families to a peaceful resolve.
“Many parents experiencing divorce become so consumed with their own feelings that they may forget how the process affects the children. While the ultimate goal for parents is to achieve an agreeable end of their marriage, their relationship continues as a co-parenting team long after the divorce. Working with couples to design a co-parenting partnership creates a healthy reconstructed family that really helps the kids deal with all the changes that divorce brings about”.
Ms. Day has a profound level of experience in the field of mediation and the Pro Se process and has been successfully co-parenting for the last 14 years. She is deeply passionate about family conflict resolutions that produce a healthy outcome in the best interest of the children.
She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CRS. During her more than 25 years leading multiple divisions of the Florida Department of Children and Families and other family-oriented organizations, Lori implemented numerous changes that improved the lives of children and families living in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
Lori feels that the Pro Se divorce process not only allows parents the opportunity to invest in their family versus the legal process but also helps begin the healing process for both parents and children.
Her educational background includes a master of Public Administration from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Armstrong University.
Ms. Day is pleased to be affiliated with the following organizations: Florida Bar affiliate member, ASFMA (Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators), Women for Excellence, ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) and Southern Palm Beach Bar Association.
Our Network Includes:
- Collaborative Attorneys, Mediators, Life Transition Coaches, Therapists, Mental Health Facilitators, Alternative Practitioners, Financial Professionals, Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, and more.