Navigating divorce - how a counsellor can support your family

Separation and divorce is one of the most stressful and life changing things you can go through. Making the decision to go down this path is one that many people hope to improve their current situation which isn't happy, working or a healthy situation. Even though the decision has been made it is important to note that the impact of this process will effect everyone involved, especially any children within that family unit.

As an adult going through divorce you are dealing with many emotions and entering into unknown, unchartered territory. You will need time and support in your own right to process and work your way through this journey, trying to come to terms with what's happened and how you are in this position. Add to this being a parent and trying to also support children with their emotions and the impact of this on them while trying to look after yourself and your needs, it can be very difficult indeed.

There will be practical and financial decisions that have to be made that will inevitably leave an imprint on everyone. The normality of daily routines as they have been will altered in many ways, how you parent and living arrangements will change. This can lead to a period of upheaval and emotional uncertainty and distress. Things can very quickly start to feel very unsafe, unsecure and uncertain. Powerful emotions such as fear, pain and anger can be difficult to manage and take a toll on your wellbeing.

Communication is often one of the things that is effected between many divorcing couple at a time when it is needed more than ever in order to make clear decisions in everyone's best interests.

A counsellor and therapeutic coach can help you to work on issues including improving communication difficulties, your wellbeing, understanding and processing your emotions, conflict resolution and coming to co parenting arrangements that work for you as a family.

Supporting children is essential to ensure that they are given time and space to express their feelings, work through any confusion and feel as secure as possible in a situation where it might feel like their world as they knew it has been turned upside down and they feel out of control. This can be delivered in a variety of different ways.

Assisting and guiding families through such a difficult time can help everyone to go through this with better resilience and greater ease. Professionals can help families learn ways to adjust to life after divorce as best they can so that everyone can begin to heal and start to thrive in their new circumstances.

As an associate member of Resolution supporting you and your family through this process to reduce unnecessary distress and experience as smooth a transition as possible is the ultimate aim.

If you are in the process of divorce and in need of support then please reach out to see how we can support you and your family.