Therapy can help at every stage of divorce. From the moment you or your partner suggest ending your marriage, you begin a new, difficult path filled with intense emotions even if you want the divorce.
You need to make many critical life decisions about significant issues like finding a place to live, getting a job, and planning custody or visitation for children. And these decisions come at a time when emotions and circumstances make it hard to think clearly.
Throughout a divorce, therapy provides a touchstone you can use to stay grounded. Counseling gives you the chance to talk through your immediate concerns and navigate the path forward.
Divorce counseling takes a different path for each person. You may want to meet individually or with your partner to decide if you might be able to reconcile. Couples therapy may focus on helping you and your partner communicate respectfully and honestly, paving the way to stay together or separate amicably.
Kelly often works with individuals, teaching strategies for coping with their own emotions and finding ways to meet daily responsibilities.
The problems that often lead to divorce, such as criticism, lack of respect, and feelings of anger or betrayal, often get worse as you go through the process. Therapy helps you work through these issues.
You may need support and guidance for managing challenging behaviors, attitudes, and emotions in your children or other family members. Kelly can teach you proactive skills that promote calm interactions during a difficult time.
As one of the major life transitions, divorce forces you to face unexpected changes. As a result, many people struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and panic attacks long after the divorce.
Even an amicable divorce can leave you with a broad range of negative feelings. For example, you may feel sad over losing friends or family or grief that the relationship ended.
If you choose to have therapy after your divorce, you get the support you need to cope with emotional and mental health challenges, as well as the overall impact on your life. Counseling can help you define your future and create a plan for building the next chapter in your life.
If you need support before, during, or after divorce, call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or schedule a telemedicine appointment online today.