Seeing a therapist during divorce is a great idea for many reasons. Therapy can
- make a divorce experience less painful for spouses and the children
- make the transition to single life easier for spouses
- make the transition to visitation, joint physical custody, or nesting easier for kids
- provide parenting guidance
- provide emotional support during the life’s loneliest moments
- help calmly evaluate various options that come up during divorce
- help parents transition to collaborative parenting
Under a program that I developed, if parents bring a child to a divorce mediation session, the child will receive a gift and a therapeutic art, music, dance, or acting lesson while parents work out adult matters. The younger children can draw, make things out of clay, or play with the therapist. Older children can get a private lesson in solo (ballet or jazz) or partner dance (salsa, swing, tango, ballroom, etc.) or a private music lesson (piano, guitar, etc.). This connects, in the children’s minds, parents’ divorce with starting new positive things and gives a positive meaning to the new life that they will be entering. Children had no choice about the divorce, so at least they should get a choice of expressive arts that they will try on for size and maybe pursue.
Below is an alphabetical list of therapists who work with people going through divorce. Each therapist’s page has a link to his or her own website, professional license record, and other web resources. Some therapists have written a guest blog entry especially for this website, a link to which can also be found on the therapist’s page.
|Sigmund Freud, MD||“We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.”|
|Carl Gustav Jung, MD||“Thinking is difficult. This is why most people judge.”|