Going through a divorce is hard – not just for you but for the entire family. Dealing with heightened stress, emotions, and potential financial struggles as your family shifts from one household to two can quickly feel overwhelming. As a parent, it’s natural to worry about your children and how they’re coping. You may be wondering what you can do to help ease the transition for them. If you’re struggling to connect with your child during a divorce or simply want to make sure they’re handling it in a healthy and positive way, it might be time to consider therapy.
For children especially, it can be harder to manage emotions and know how to understand and cope with changes in their lives. They may not easily adjust or be open with you about how they’re feeling. Moving, transferring schools, and maybe even losing friends can result in your kids feeling stressed and confused. While these changes can seem small in the grand scheme of things, these are some of the most important things in your child’s life. If your child is lashing out, has trouble concentrating on schoolwork, experiences new problems with eating or sleeping, or generally seems to have persistent feelings of negative emotions, a therapist or counselor can be instrumental in helping them cope with these new and strong feelings. It can bring peace of mind to know that they are getting the help they need while dealing with big changes in your life and theirs.
Seeing a therapist isn’t just for children (or adults) with acute stress or issues in their lives. Going to counseling and having a non-judgmental third party to talk to can benefit anyone and help put things into perspective for you and your child. Divorce is becoming more and more common, but it can still feel like your world is falling apart. That can be especially true for a child who’s never known anything different. Therapy can help provide your child the tools they need to process this change in a healthy way and understand that it’s not their fault.
We know that going through a divorce is complicated, but there are steps you can take to help your children handle this transition and cope with new circumstances. Our team here at the Gentry Law Firm can help provide you with the information you need to decide what’s best for you and your family during your divorce. If you want a compassionate firm by your side, give us a call at 770-425-5573. We have an understanding team that can help walk you through your options and figure out how to move forward in the way that’s best for you and your children.
To learn more about how counseling or therapy can affect your child custody case, watch our video here.