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Seeking Support: Tips for Finding a Divorce Therapist

Divorce can be incredibly tough and overwhelming. Among the grief, legal issues, custody battles, and money changes, you might forget about taking care of your mental and emotional health. That’s where a divorce therapist can help.  Here, we’ll talk about the important things to think about when looking for a divorce therapist. Whether you’re amidst […]

Grow Therapy therapist Gregorio (Greg) Lozano III LPC By Greg Lozano, LPC

Updated on May 13, 2024

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Divorce can be incredibly tough and overwhelming. Among the grief, legal issues, custody battles, and money changes, you might forget about taking care of your mental and emotional health. That’s where a divorce therapist can help. 

Here, we’ll talk about the important things to think about when looking for a divorce therapist. Whether you’re amidst the separation or your divorce is already finalized, we’re here to help you find someone who can stand by you and help navigate this challenging time.

What Is Divorce Therapy?

Divorce therapy is a specialized form of marriage counseling designed to support someone who is going through a divorce or separation. A licensed professional counselor can help you navigate the negative emotions, psychological, and practical aspects of this significant life transition. The primary goal of divorce therapy is to provide you with the necessary tools and guidance to cope with the various stresses that arise during the divorce process.

Kristian Wilson, a Grow Therapy Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), says, “Divorce is a significant life decision that can be emotionally challenging and complex. It is often advisable to seek support from professionals such as therapists, counselors, and lawyers who specialize in divorce to help navigate the process and manage the associated emotions.”

Who Goes to Divorce Therapy?

The decision to seek support from a divorce therapist is a personal one. Divorce therapy is generally best suited to those who have already started the divorce process. Divorce therapy can help them process grief, anger, and other associated emotions.

Divorce therapists also work with co-parents to address the unique challenges that arise during and after a divorce. They help parents develop effective co-parenting strategies, manage conflicts, and support their children’s emotional well-being through the transition.

Divorce therapists can also act as mediators, facilitating constructive conversations between divorcing or divorced couples. They help couples communicate effectively, negotiate settlements, and find mutually agreeable solutions, reducing conflict and promoting a more amicable divorce process.

Divorce Therapy vs. Other Types of Therapy

While other forms of therapy, such as individual therapy or couples therapy, may touch upon some aspects of divorce, they may not have the specialized focus or expertise in divorce-related issues that divorce therapy provides.

Divorce therapy is specifically tailored to address the unique emotional, practical, and relational challenges that arise during the divorce journey.

Divorce therapy is specifically tailored to address the unique emotional, practical, and relational challenges that arise during the divorce journey. Seeking specialized support through divorce therapy can help people navigate the complexities of divorce, including the following factors:

Addressing Divorce Dynamics

Divorce therapists have specialized knowledge and expertise in understanding the complexities of divorce and its impact on individuals and families. They’re familiar with the legal, emotional, and practical aspects of divorce, allowing them to provide tailored guidance and support.

Providing Co-Parenting Support

Divorce therapy often includes a strong emphasis on co-parenting. Therapists can help you develop effective co-parenting strategies, improving communication with your ex-spouse, and minimizing conflict for the well-being of the children involved.

Why You Should You Consider Seeing a Divorce Therapist

Dealing with the challenges of divorce is emotionally overwhelming — finding support from a divorce therapist can be extremely valuable in navigating divorce’s complexities.  Here are some reasons seeing a divorce therapist can be beneficial:

Emotional Support

Divorce often triggers a range of intense emotions, including grief, anger, fear, and sadness. A divorce therapist offers a safe and nonjudgmental space to express and process these emotions. They provide support, validation, and guidance to help you navigate the emotional rollercoaster.

Coping Strategies

Divorce therapy equips you with effective coping strategies to manage the emotions associated with divorce. Therapists draw on a range of scientifically-backed techniques to help improve their client’s likelihood of a maintained healthy mental state, while reducing the likelihood of harm — particularly that which is self-inflicted during periods of hardship. 

Communication Skills

Effective communication is necessary during divorce, particularly when co-parenting. A divorce therapist can help you improve your communication skills, teaching you strategies for active listening, expressing needs assertively, and effectively negotiating with your ex-spouse.

Co-Parenting Guidance

Co-parenting after a divorce presents its own set of challenges. A divorce therapist can guide you in establishing a cooperative co-parenting relationship, developing effective parenting plans, and fostering healthy communication between you and your ex-spouse. Their expertise can help you prioritize the well-being of your children and reduce potential conflict.

“Seeing a divorce therapist can provide valuable support during the challenging process of divorce. They can help individuals manage their emotions, develop coping strategies, and navigate the practical and emotional aspects of separation,” Wilson says. “A divorce therapist can assist in gaining clarity, making informed decisions, and rebuilding life post-divorce.”

What to Look for in a Divorce Therapist

When searching for a divorce therapist, there are important aspects to consider that can make a difference in your therapy experience:

Qualifications and Experience: Research the divorce therapist’s credentials, certifications, and relevant experience. 

Specialization in Divorce Counseling: Look for therapists with specific expertise in divorce therapy. They’ll have a deep understanding of the complexities and emotions involved in this process. This will allow them to offer valuable insights and strategies tailored to your situation.

“When seeking a divorce therapist, it is important to look for someone who has expertise in divorce-related issues, such as grief, coping with change, co-parenting, and rebuilding life after divorce,” Wilson adds. “A good divorce therapist should be compassionate, non-judgmental, and skilled in helping individuals navigate the emotional aspects of divorce.”

Compatibility and Rapport: Feeling comfortable and supported by your divorce therapist is crucial for a positive therapeutic relationship. It’s important to find someone with whom you connect with and feel at ease — take the time to assess your compatibility and rapport with the therapist.

Therapeutic Approach: Discuss different therapeutic approaches and consider which ones align with your preferences and needs. Therapists may use different approaches in their practice and it’s important to discuss this when making your decision.

How Do I Find a Suitable Divorce Therapist?

One of the best ways to get started is by asking for recommendations from trusted friends, family members, or healthcare professionals who may have experience with divorce therapy. Their personal insights can guide you in finding a therapist who fits your needs.

You can also lean on online directories to help you find a suitable divorce therapist. Grow Therapy can help you find a divorce therapist near you who accepts your insurance. Many providers with Grow Therapy are available for appointments within as little as two days so you can get the help you need as soon as possible.

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About the author
Grow Therapy therapist Gregorio (Greg) Lozano III LPC Greg Lozano, LPC

Greg Lozano is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in working with individuals with severe mental illnesses such as depressive, bipolar, schizophrenia, and substance abuse conditions.

This article is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice. We recommend speaking with a therapist for personalized information about your mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who can offer support and address any questions or concerns. If you or your child is experiencing a medical emergency, is considering harming themselves or others, or is otherwise in imminent danger, you should dial 9-1-1 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

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