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  • Writer's pictureKara Kohnen

The Healing Power of Psychotherapy During Divorce


Divorce has many emotional challenges. It a grief and loss process of all you hoped the relationship would be when getting married and the shared future and family together. It requires the development of a new identity both as a family and an individual. In additional the psychological and emotional challenges, finances and logistics are also changing. An important step in healthy divorce recovery includes psychotherapy to provide support, healing and guidance during this difficult time.

1. Emotional Support

Psychotherapy offers a safe space to express emotions and process feelings of grief, anger, and sadness. Having a professional to talk to who can offer empathy and understanding is so important.

2. Coping Strategies

Coping strategies and tools psychotherapy provides will help to manage stress and anxiety during divorce proceedings. Techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and cognitive-behavioral strategies are all part of a divorce recovery treatment plan.

3. Communication Skills

Therapy can help improve communication skills, both with the ex-partner and children, fostering healthier relationships and reducing conflict. It is important to learn effective ways to express needs and boundaries.

4. Building Resilience

Psychotherapy can empower individuals to build resilience and adapt to the changes brought by divorce. Often those in therapy for divorce recovery start out by saying they don't know how they will survive it and all the changes but then emerge with a new sense of strength, freedom and confidence in their new post divorce life. More often than not, unhealthy circumstances and relationships patterns occured prior to divorce and when we take the opportunity to learn and change this for future, all involved can be happier and healthier.

5. Parenting Support

The challenges of co-parenting post-divorce can be very intense. Often parents have different styles or do not see eye to eye prior the divorce. This can be worse during the transitional time. It's important for the children that both parents learn to communicate and provide consistency for them. A great family therapist can help establish baselines, consistency and communication. The most important thing is to prioritize the well-being of children during this transition


The key benefits of psychotherapy during divorce include: emotional support, coping strategies, improved communication, resilience-building, and parenting support.

At Grow Through Life Counseling, we are accepting new children, teens and adults who are going through a divorce process in CA. We have 8 locations and can offer Telehealth as well. Please call our intake team at 619-549-0329 ext 0 to schedule with one of our wonderful therapists today to ease the stress and transition of divorce.

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