With the divorce rate hovering around the 50 percent mark in the United
States, more couples are
turning towards counseling to help cope with divorce. Divorce counseling, also called divorce therapy, is a fairly new concept
in the mental health field, and is a therapeutic process for those who
are either contemplating divorce, going through divorce or still suffering
feelings of pain or humiliation from a divorce. A divorce counselor can
assist in helping an individual grow personally and adjust to life during
and after divorce.
When you begin to think your marriage is heading in the wrong direction
and you feel you need to share your feelings of sorrow, grief or anger
with someone, that’s a good time to look for an experienced divorce
counselor. An experienced divorce counselor helps you understand your
reactions during and after the divorce process. Not only can a counselor
help you share your reactions and express your feelings in the best positive
manner, he can help in identifying your feelings related to your spouse,
family members and even the institution of marriage itself. By teaching
individuals and couples to manage anger, frustration, feelings of loss,
and by assisting in strengthening communications and negotiation skills,
counseling can either help a couple contemplating divorce work through
their problems and make their marriage work, or assist the couples who
decide to divorce, go through a divorce with more amicable feelings.
When looking for a divorce counselor, always choose a licensed mental health
professional, which will help ensure they have the necessary education,
qualities and experience to practice in the state in which you reside.
You also need to make sure you are comfortable talking with a counselor,
and choose one who you will feel at ease sharing your feelings and personal
life without any hesitations. When you have chosen well, your divorce
counselor will help you end your marriage with dignity and respect.