About Us

Dr. Mary Alvarez, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Alvarez, Ph.D. is committed to helping children and families navigate the after effects of divorce. With just a few exceptions, the parent-child relationship is critical to a child’s overall development and such a relationship decreases many risk factors (e.g., psychological issues) for the child while promoting healthy growth and progression into adulthood.

Divorce can be a very difficult process for both children and parents and sometimes the parent-child relationship fractures. When the parent-child relationship fracture is related to what is known as parental alienation, the child is significantly and negatively impacted. Dr. Alvarez helped develop a set of educational programs entitled Resetting the Family to address a parent-child fracture. The objective of Resetting the Family programs is to help the family create a new family model post-divorce in which the child achieves a healthy parent-child relationship with both parents.

Dr. Alvarez has been a licensed psychologist since 1997. Her educational background includes:

  • B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa
  • M.A. degree in experimental psychology from the University of Texas-El Paso
  • M.A. degree in developmental psychology from the University of Houston
  • Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology with an emphasis in cognitive and neurodevelopment from the University of Houston

Dr. Alvarez is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • The American Psychological Association
  • The Texas Psychological Association
  • The Association for Family and Conciliation Courts

Chris Turner, MSW, JD

Chris Turner has dedicated her professional career to helping families develop stronger, healthier relationships as a Social Worker, Child Advocate Mediator.

The patterns of communication and models of interpersonal relationships established in childhood affect children the rest of their lives and are the basis of work, community, and inter-personal relationships. Divorce is a stressful time for all members of the family. It often necessitates a change in physical environment and re-establishes the structure, communication and interactions among family members. Parents and children must work together to ensure that those transitions are made in the healthiest way possible and ensure ongoing relationships within the family. When those transitions are not healthy, family members can often become estranged or alienated and often children are caught in the midst of that entanglement. As a result, children often suffer from the effects of parental alienation.

Resetting the Family was created to educate families establishing post-divorce relationships, and teach family members how to address issues associated with Parental Alienation.

Chris Turner is a TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator and has maintained a private practice since 1999. She has earned a BA in Social Work from Hood College, A Master’s in Social Work from Catholic University. She has a JD and post Graduate Mediation Training from the University of Houston Law Center.