Therapy for Divorce and Custody Issues
Therapy for adults
Divorce is a stressful process that can bring up a lot of conflicting emotions. We may be dealing with betrayal, upset children, or strife with our ex-partner. Confusion, anger, anxiety, and sadness are very common during this process. Talking to someone can help you get out of your head and learn to feel better during and after your divorce.
Therapy for children
Children in divorcing families might feel confused or guilty. They might learn too much about private issues or might start acting out for attention or control. I work with children to understand divorce, learn relaxation exercises, and find positive ways of coping. Supportive therapy can help minimize the risks that children face during divorce.
Therapy for families
Even when getting divorced, it can be helpful to meet together. Whether you would like to know how to explain your divorce to your children, come to an agreement before mediation, or get closure from the past, counseling can help you move on and past your divorce more smoothly. Seeking therapy to plan your divorce can save you money on long legal proceedings in the future.
If you have a custody agreement in place, I can help you create a plan for amicably sharing custody with minimal disagreements. As a trained parenting coordinator, I have experience working with co-parenting couples who have difficulty agreeing or avoiding conflict. Co-parenting doesn’t have to be a painful experience. I can help you implement a plan so you can enjoy your children while avoiding conflict and distress.
Occasionally, when a parent has been apart from a child, or children, for some period of time, family court may order the parent to engage in reunification therapy. This therapy involves everyone in the family, including the reunifying parent, the custodial parent and the child(ren). Separation from children may have been caused by substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, military deployment, working in another state, etc. I have reunified many families and have experience with both the family and dependency courts in Palm Beach County.
Parental alienation counseling
Sometimes, one parent becomes alienated from a child, or children. This can happen when the child(ren) is encouraged to dislike and stay away from the alienated parent. If you suffered parental alienation, the court may order you to engage in reunification therapy.