How Therapy Can Help Your Divorce Process
Ending a marriage is a major life change. Most people experience significant effects on their physical, emotional, financial and mental health. Coping with these changes is challenging, even if you’re the one who initiated the split.
Mediation offers an easier, cheaper and kinder way to navigate the legal process, but you still need to take care of your emotional and mental health. Therapy can help you cope with the struggles that come with divorce.
How therapy can help you
Every divorce is different. However, most people experience some combination of grief, anger, sadness, resentment, shock, shame, guilt and more. These tough emotions are not only unpleasant, but when they’re left unaddressed, they will fester.
Going to therapy isn’t just about talking about your feelings. It can also help you develop coping skills for the new changes in your life. A good therapist will act as a neutral, rational sounding board. They’ll also teach you how to process your emotions in a healthy way, create strategies for dealing with your ex, help you reassess negative relationship dynamics and be a good parent to your child. This often makes the divorce litigation or mediation process easier for you, if not everyone involved.
How therapy can help your children
If you have minor children, it’s also helpful for them to attend therapy. Their therapist can help them develop the same coping and emotional process skills, in an age-appropriate manner.
Therapy is also useful for exes who want to develop a good coparenting relationship together. When you work together to find the best solutions for your child, you demonstrate resilience and respect. In turn, they’ll feel safer about these new changes.
Mediation often takes a lot of the sting out of the divorce process, but it’s still a big emotional, social and financial change. Attending therapy can help you get through the process in a productive way.
When you need compassionate divorce mediation, contact the experienced mediation attorneys at Solutions Divorce Mediation in Long Island.