Marriages can get rocky and life often does not turn out quite how we thought it would, That's OK because sometimes divorce is the best option for the marriage. However, a divorce can be one of the most emotionally difficult and stressful times in a person's life. This is where a little extra support and guidance is needed for all those involved; especially children. During a divorce or separation it can be helpful for parents to seek counseling for their children in order to provide ongoing support to assist with the changes occurring in their lives. Counseling may be helpful for parents to gain insight on how to handle the divorce and co-parenting.
Some things that might be covered in divorce counseling for parents and children:
- How to co-parent and create two separate homes where children feel safe and secure.
- How to adjust from being in a marriage to a co-parenting relationship with your ex-spouse.
- Helping your child adjust to all the changes in their lives.
- Helping a parent identify signs for when your child might need help.
- Helping parents learn how to introduce the subject of divorce to their children.
-Working to help create goals for the family and the new family structure.
- How to handle joint decision making and communication between parents.
-Helping individuals deal and work through the grief associated with the ending of a relationship.
*Notice* I do not evaluate for custody and will not make any recommendations or decisions regarding custody.
Who can benefit from divorce counseling?
Anyone who is going through a divorce/ separation or has already been through a divorce can benefit from counseling. This could be children, parents, individual adults, grandparents, or legal guardians. Divorce counseling not only helps parents adjust to the ending of an intimate relationship but also helps them understand how to create a co-parenting relationship.
However, there are some circumstances in which two people cannot sit in the same room with each other and constructively discuss the needed topics of co-parenting effectively. In these situations individual sessions might be an option, or court interventions/mediation to help resolve issues.