Divorce is a challenging life transition.
Divorce can cause significant disruption to the family system, often leaving everyone feeling as though the universe is drastically changing. Managing relationship conflicts can be a confusing and lonely time and sometimes we are even unsure whether or not divorce is the right answer. Meeting with a therapist can help you to come to a clearer understanding of what you may need in your current relationship. The aim of divorce counseling is to help individuals make the right decisions for themselves and their families, help people to adjust to their new lives, and process the negative effects a separation or dissolution may cause. You may choose to meet individually with a counselor or with your partner/spouse.
Forty to fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce and the divorce rate for second marriages is even higher. Although divorce is such a common occurrence in our culture, every individual has their own unique experience when it comes to relationship separations and dissolutions. A psychologist can provide a safe space to be able to discuss your relationship concerns and help you to determine whether or not divorce is right for you and your family. Sometimes unbiased insight from a therapist can make all of the difference when you are feeling conflicted about your marriage.
Divorce counseling can also be extremely helpful in preventing potential destructive thoughts and behaviors, as divorce can often be linked with an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety. The dissolution of a marriage brings not only the loss of a partner, but the loss of a style of life, friends and sources of support, and hopes and dreams cultivated within the relationship.
When children are involved, it can make the decision to move forward with a divorce even more challenging. When parents learn to communicate and co-parent effectively, their children adjust better to the changes that inevitably follow a divorce. The psychologists at Metta Psychology Group can provide applicable tools for parents, including strategies for communication, creating consistency, conflict resolution skills, and managing new relationships and blended families.
The decision to end a relationship can feel overwhelming, traumatic, and filled with conflicting emotions. Those who seek support from a therapist or counselor find that they are better able to cope with the transitions and adjust to their new lives.