Divorce signifies a major transition for both partners and children, often including feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, guilt, fear, depression, and
grief. Many parents feel that they can take care of themselves, but have lost their best friend in taking care of their children. A therapist can help determine the healthiest way to make this transition as well as creating a healthy co-parenting path forward. Children’s needs can be addressed as developmentally appropriate. Alternatively, each individual may wish to meet with a therapist separately to heal from the loss of this relationship and to find assistance in moving forward to a new future.
Blended families are becoming increasingly common in the United States. Marriage and parenting are never easy and include even more layers of thoughts, feelings, loyalties and expectations when blending two families. Therapists can assist clients in prioritizing needs, communicating about differing parenting styles, developing family routines, and learning effective methods of discipline. Additionally, they can help children and parents to process emotions about these changes and to adjust to new roles and expectations within the new family unit.