Mark Flowers, CFP®, CDFA™
Second Saturday Leader and Financial Planner
The Second Saturday Divorce Workshop program was founded in 1989 by the non-profit WIFE.org (the Women’s Institute for Financial Education). Second Saturday has helped thousands of individuals navigate the divorce process, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and programs to help women become financially independent. I am the local leader here in San Mateo County.
We are a unique resource group in the Bay Area, offering workshops to inform and educate, offering professional divorce services, and offering educational tools to empower you. People think that divorce is about the law, but it's really about three things: family, emotion, and money. For this reason, each of our workshops features three professionals- a financial planner, a therapist, and a family law attorney.
We are dedicated to helping everybody through the divorce process, regardless of their circumstances.
Mary Ellen L
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in working with adults, teens & families. I have expertise in attachment-based and trauma-informed psychotherapy.
I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression or difficult relationships. I use a psychodynamic approach, building on a strong relationship between the therapist and the client. Our primary change agent will be our shared experience in the office, whether exchanging Kombucha recipes or feeling comfortable enough to talk about really important things you can't share with anyone else.
I also employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ("CBT") and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ("DBT") techniques, using humor and unconditional positive regard as the two pillars of our work together. While we may talk about your past and how it informs your present, my social work training will focus on getting you moving forward now. This is sometimes called Solution-Focused Therapy.
Marisa San Filippo
Family Law Attorney
Marisa C. San Filippo is a Certified Family Law Specialist (certified by the CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) and a partner in the firm's Family Law Department. Ms. San Filippo has dedicated her entire career to family law and handles a wide variety of cases, including high conflict custody cases and complex high-asset financial matters. Ms. San Filippo brings her tenacity and compassion to each matter, handling cases involving dissolution, legal separation, property characterization and division, child custody and visitation, pre-marital agreements, child and spousal support (initial orders and post-judgment modifications), and paternity matters. Ms. San Filippo’s areas of expertise focus on complicated financial issues, including cases involving the valuation of business and partnership interests, goodwill, and equity compensation.