Our team of attorneys always discusses the importance of working with and talking to a knowledgeable and compassionate family law attorney as you navigate the divorce process. And for the most part, divorcing spouses recognize the importance of having a professional like this in your corner. But have you also considered going to therapy and speaking with a counselor?
Divorce is a significant, life-changing event. For most people, the emotional toll of the death of the relationship is magnified by the stress of the unfamiliarity of the legal process, coupled with fears about the outcome. This leads to emotional turmoil, uncertainty, anger, resentment, and the need to find answers to some pretty difficult questions. Naturally, seeking therapy can be crucial to finding hope in a dark time, rebuilding your life, and embracing a brighter future.
Below are 5 benefits of going to therapy during and after your divorce:
1. Emotional support and validation
It is crucial that you keep your emotions in check during the legal elements of your divorce. This includes everything from court appearances to mediation and those challenging moments when you need to get information from your spouse, and talking to them in a civil way is the last thing you want to do. On the other hand, therapy is a safe space where you can “get everything out,” express your feelings without judgment or repercussions, and receive the validation you need as you learn to understand your emotions and process them in a healthy way.
2. Coping strategies
Beyond yourself and your spouse, the divorce will also significantly impact your children. So while it is important to develop coping strategies that help you manage stress, anxiety, and depression, you must also learn the best coping strategies for your children. These strategies can help your children confront their challenges head-on, recognize issues they are going through emotionally and mentally, and find validation in the fact that their mom and dad love them no matter what.
3. The ability to address new challenges head-on
Once your divorce is over, an entirely new life begins for you and your family. That can be a good thing, but it can also be very scary and overwhelming as you begin to think about living alone, new surroundings, a different financial situation, etc. Attending therapy during and after your divorce helps you process this “new normal” and build confidence in whatever lies ahead.
4. Co-parenting support
Co-parenting is the relationship between divorcing spouses who must now share the responsibility of caring for their children while also working together to make their kids’ lives with each parent as normal as possible. To accomplish this, both parties must strive to be positive in their thoughts and actions. A therapist can help you and your former spouse put aside any differences or animosity that may still linger. And for the most part, parents who do this end up succeeding in their efforts.
5. Healing trauma for future relationships
Many of the traumas you experienced in your marriage and from the divorce can linger long after the divorce itself has been finalized. As a result, any future relationships you hope to have with your family, children, and potential partners can be negatively impacted. Therapy provides a platform to address and heal these traumas.
Trying to cope with life during and after divorce is easier said than done. Even if the divorce was necessary, and you have come to terms with it in some small way, the emotional toll is far more complex. This makes it seem impossible to one day crack a smile, let alone be genuinely happy about what you still have. The bottom line is that we are invested in you and your family. This is why we pride ourselves on offering compassionate support beyond traditional legal advice, courtrooms, and paperwork.
If you have not yet considered going to therapy during and after your divorce, we highly recommend it.
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A divorce is a significant, life-changing event, and the effects of this difficult time will undoubtedly be felt for a while. Call our knowledgeable staff here at Nelson Law Group, PC, if you have any further questions regarding this or any other issue. Our staff is always available. Give us a call today!
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