About my Practice
I have over 18 years experience in the divorce law field. Since completing my CDC Divorce Coach training in 2018, I have predominately worked with professional women, who want to be smart about the way they approach their separation and divorce, to ensure the best possible outcome for themselves and their children.
Services I Offer
I offer one-on-one coaching over the telephone or via zoom. I offer packages of 3 or 6 sessions which include:
- A workbook to help you get clear on your values, priorities and future.
- 1 x 75 minute initial session. We will explore where you are, your key challenges, your priorities and desired outcomes.
- 60 minute sessions (via telephone or skype) — scheduled weekly/fortnightly.
- Unlimited email support between sessions.
- An email summary of action steps after every session with extra materials and resources (depending on what comes up in our session)
Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Accredited Specialist in Family Law
CDC Certified Divorce Coach
New Ways for Families Coach
Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council
CDC Certified Divorce Coach
For the past 18 years I have worked exclusively in the area of divorce law. In 2009, I became an Accredited Family Law Specialist and a few years later opened a boutique family law practice – Burrell Family Law – in the Bayside Melbourne suburb of Black Rock.
In 2018 I trained to become a CDC Certified Divorce Coach and started a second business, offering one on one divorce coaching online (either via telephone or Zoom) to clients throughout Australia.
I’ve proudly worked as a volunteer for several incredible community legal centres over my career and currently volunteer with Family Life, who provide specialist family services to vulnerable children, families and communities.
“The last 3 months have been a productive and enjoyable experience being coached by Prue during some very difficult relationship times. She engaged in my situation with understanding and no judgement, quickly building a rapport and looking at ways the situation can be improved,drawing upon her own personal experiences to provide insight and providing a wealth of knowledge/resources to aid arising issues.
She provides an approach that looks outside the square on the situation, providing some lateral thinking perspective, in a personal and friendly manner. She helps bring clarity and goes with what feels comfortable at the time. Sometimes, you can be so stuck in the fog of emotion and fatigue, that it is difficult to make sense of everything.
She has realistic strategies and reminds her clients of self care.
The sessions are uniquely tailored, not only to relationship issues… but life itself; ie. Motherhood and its challenges, since I had a newborn baby.
Prue has provided me with many resources to assist every issue along the way, these will always be valuable as I can revisit them at any stage in future when needed.
It felt as though I had a friend walking through this with me, who listened and offered advice, without forcing any decision making. She worked her conversations around the fears and road blocks in making decisions about the relationship.
Prue has been instrumental in my personal development, and understanding of my life’s situation. Caring and professional, her personality is the right mix of down to earth, and reach for the stars! I would highly recommend her to others needing some coaching in their relationships.”
– KATRIN W
“I’m beyond glad and grateful I found Prue, her words of encouragement and clarity. A step ahead of me and from the outside looking in, offering fresh perspective, order and a light at the end of the tunnel in my current life of chaos. Thank you Prue for guiding me through some of the toughest months I have ever experienced. For cheering me on, checking in on me, your wise words. I know without a doubt, you will help so many more people like me who know the value in people like you and what you offer through your coaching”
– CHLOE L
“It felt serendipitous when I discovered that Prue was offering divorce coaching. At a time when I had almost lost hope that I would ever feel peace again, Prue offered to be my coach. Prue’s professionalism, authenticity and approachable manner, together with her experience, knowledge and wisdom in family law are the perfect qualities for an exceptional divorce coach.
Although some of the logistical issues surrounding my divorce had been dealt with before I began coaching, there was still a lot of emotional trauma, bad habits and angst surrounding the underlying issues. Any communication received from my ex husband triggered a huge amount of stress and anxiety. I would agonise over how to respond, holding back the urge to lash out and react emotionally as I’d done in the past. Despite my efforts to diffuse situations I often seemed to be exacerbating them, without understanding why.
Prue’s coaching allowed me to achieve a deeper level of understanding about why certain issues had taken such a toll on me, why they were so hard to resolve and why the same patterns kept repeating. The explanations and strategies she gave, as well as the tasks that she set allowed me to approach future dealings with much more confidence, understanding and even compassion. This, in turn, broke the patterns, dissolved the stress and accelerated the resolution process. It enabled us to power through mediation sessions, respectfully discussing and negotiating topics that once would’ve been impossible to even broach. We were able to raise our concerns and reach a point of agreement resulting in a parenting plan we were both comfortable signing.
I now feel much more confident and relaxed responding to communication from my ex husband, and the angst I once felt towards him has diminished considerably. With more coaching I hope to be able to reach a point where we are amicable and can be in the same space with little to no discomfort.
I’ve even been able to use some of the same strategies that Prue suggested with my new partner to strengthen and deepen our relationship.
I am so grateful that I now have someone to turn to for advice and guidance, someone who’s seen it all from many different sides. My only regret is that I didn’t find Prue sooner”.
– CASEY P
Book a Complimentary Session
Before we start a coaching program, I offer a complimentary 30-minute mini-session to get an understanding of your current situation, concerns and priorities and explain how I can help. Please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time.