Divorce Therapists in Minnetonka, MN

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Megan St Amand
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Megan also specializes in relational and communication skills for parenting, high-conflict divorce, co-parenting, and blended/step-families.
Megan’s ideal client is a child, adolescent, partners, or parent(s) seeking understanding, meaning, and healing in their life and in their relationships. Often, these are clients that have already begun their journey; they’ve read books, taken quizzes, or have completed a workbook and yet, it’s still not working. The ideal client is ready to try something different to reach their potential. Honoring our humanity and the world we live in, I utilize an umbrella approach that begins with a Trauma-Informed and Attachment Lens. Under the umbrella, are approaches used to meet the client where they are at and enable new skills to develop.
Megan also specializes in relational and communication skills for parenting, high-conflict divorce, co-parenting, and blended/step-families.
Megan’s ideal client is a child, adolescent, partners, or parent(s) seeking understanding, meaning, and healing in their life and in their relationships. Often, these are clients that have already begun their journey; they’ve read books, taken quizzes, or have completed a workbook and yet, it’s still not working. The ideal client is ready to try something different to reach their potential. Honoring our humanity and the world we live in, I utilize an umbrella approach that begins with a Trauma-Informed and Attachment Lens. Under the umbrella, are approaches used to meet the client where they are at and enable new skills to develop.
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Sonja Benson
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55305
I work with teens and adults struggling with anxiety, work/school and relationship issues. My specialization, however, is in marriage & family therapy using a systems approach and many methods introduced by John Gottman. I'm advanced trained in Discernment counseling as well. Finally, I work on the entire spectrum of relationships from dating to pre-marital to transitions or divorce. I also provide parenting coaching. I am also trained as a divorce mediator and help many people with parenting plans.
I work with teens and adults struggling with anxiety, work/school and relationship issues. My specialization, however, is in marriage & family therapy using a systems approach and many methods introduced by John Gottman. I'm advanced trained in Discernment counseling as well. Finally, I work on the entire spectrum of relationships from dating to pre-marital to transitions or divorce. I also provide parenting coaching. I am also trained as a divorce mediator and help many people with parenting plans.
(952) 373-0563 View (952) 373-0563
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Nancy J Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55343  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Change is a central experience in the human condition. Life has a way of presenting both the things we want and the things we don't want. Sometimes the unwanted shatters our hopes and expectations, like the loss of a loved one through death or divorce or illness, or the loss of a job, or a dream. My intention is to help you find a deeper awareness of yourself and your mission in your unfolding story. Guided by your pace, I seek to be a supportive and active presence as you follow your unique path into and through the changes life presents.
Change is a central experience in the human condition. Life has a way of presenting both the things we want and the things we don't want. Sometimes the unwanted shatters our hopes and expectations, like the loss of a loved one through death or divorce or illness, or the loss of a job, or a dream. My intention is to help you find a deeper awareness of yourself and your mission in your unfolding story. Guided by your pace, I seek to be a supportive and active presence as you follow your unique path into and through the changes life presents.
(763) 703-2596 View (763) 703-2596
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Melissa Erickson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55343
I specialize in working with clients 9 - 65+ years old. Clinical expertise includes 20+ years of experience working with clients who have concerns related to: grief & bereavement, depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic abuse, relationship conflict, family conflict due to: separation or divorce, parenting issues, boundaries, unemployment & financial problems, illness or disability of a family member, taking on a caretaker role for a child, and/or parent, or both. Sudden death, long term illness of a family member, and dealing with mental illness within the family system.
I specialize in working with clients 9 - 65+ years old. Clinical expertise includes 20+ years of experience working with clients who have concerns related to: grief & bereavement, depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic abuse, relationship conflict, family conflict due to: separation or divorce, parenting issues, boundaries, unemployment & financial problems, illness or disability of a family member, taking on a caretaker role for a child, and/or parent, or both. Sudden death, long term illness of a family member, and dealing with mental illness within the family system.
(763) 284-8698 View (763) 284-8698
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Melissa A. Raatz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CHT, ART, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55305
I believe all clients hold the key to their own success and can be guided to that end in a safe, trusting, honest environment. Building relationship and skills for growth, understanding and healing are among my goals in therapy. My personal journey through adoption, trauma, abuse, raising a child with mental health concerns, spiritual enlightenment, natural mental health, divorce, and remarriage have become the gifts I share though therapy. I believe the keys essential to reaching any goal lies within each of us believing in ourselves and knowing that someone also believes in us.
I believe all clients hold the key to their own success and can be guided to that end in a safe, trusting, honest environment. Building relationship and skills for growth, understanding and healing are among my goals in therapy. My personal journey through adoption, trauma, abuse, raising a child with mental health concerns, spiritual enlightenment, natural mental health, divorce, and remarriage have become the gifts I share though therapy. I believe the keys essential to reaching any goal lies within each of us believing in ourselves and knowing that someone also believes in us.
(763) 401-7618 View (763) 401-7618
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Dr. Sally I Beck
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Hello, I'm Dr. Sally Beck, a faith-based therapist offering hope to Couples who are suffering loss of connection to those they love. Couples can again regain trust and regain trust and intimacy through renewed connection. FaithWorks specializes in trauma and abuse; trained in EMDR, a helpful tool in lessening anxiety due to PTSD. Play therapy and EMDR are effecive techniques addressing anxiety in children suffering from divorce, sexual abuse, or attachment. In fact, play therapy is such a valuable tool in assisting children in their healing that we have four rooms dedicated to play therapy in Anchor Counseling Clinic in Jordan, MN.
Hello, I'm Dr. Sally Beck, a faith-based therapist offering hope to Couples who are suffering loss of connection to those they love. Couples can again regain trust and regain trust and intimacy through renewed connection. FaithWorks specializes in trauma and abuse; trained in EMDR, a helpful tool in lessening anxiety due to PTSD. Play therapy and EMDR are effecive techniques addressing anxiety in children suffering from divorce, sexual abuse, or attachment. In fact, play therapy is such a valuable tool in assisting children in their healing that we have four rooms dedicated to play therapy in Anchor Counseling Clinic in Jordan, MN.
(952) 373-6695 View (952) 373-6695
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Barbara Mackintosh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Premarital gives a firm foundation for marriage & reduces chances of divorce by 30%.
Are you longing for more emotional or sexual intimacy in your relationship? Do you find yourself caught in negative interactive patterns and wonder how to change those patterns? Do you feel a loss of connection or attachment with your partner? I will help you figure out the missing pieces of your relationship and help instruct you how to 'ignite intimacy, increase desire, and create a loving, connected and secure relationship." I am a compassionate listener & comfortable discussing difficult issues. I'm a resource that can help you reach your goals w/o judgment or shame. I have 20+ years experience working with couples of all ages
Premarital gives a firm foundation for marriage & reduces chances of divorce by 30%.
Are you longing for more emotional or sexual intimacy in your relationship? Do you find yourself caught in negative interactive patterns and wonder how to change those patterns? Do you feel a loss of connection or attachment with your partner? I will help you figure out the missing pieces of your relationship and help instruct you how to 'ignite intimacy, increase desire, and create a loving, connected and secure relationship." I am a compassionate listener & comfortable discussing difficult issues. I'm a resource that can help you reach your goals w/o judgment or shame. I have 20+ years experience working with couples of all ages
(612) 223-6392 View (612) 223-6392
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Valerie Marsh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed out, unhappy and want your life and/or your relationship to change, but thinking there is nothing you can do? Do you feel that no one can understand what you are going through and don't know where to turn? These feelings of frustration and pain can be very hard to handle alone. In this turbulent time of confusion, worry and sadness that you may be experiencing, (dealing with emotionally abusive relationships, infidelity, divorce, depression, anxiety, grief and loss), just call now for your 20 minute complimentary strategy session, and feel hopeful again! Today you are one step closer to a positive new you!
Are you feeling stressed out, unhappy and want your life and/or your relationship to change, but thinking there is nothing you can do? Do you feel that no one can understand what you are going through and don't know where to turn? These feelings of frustration and pain can be very hard to handle alone. In this turbulent time of confusion, worry and sadness that you may be experiencing, (dealing with emotionally abusive relationships, infidelity, divorce, depression, anxiety, grief and loss), just call now for your 20 minute complimentary strategy session, and feel hopeful again! Today you are one step closer to a positive new you!
(612) 834-4338 View (612) 834-4338
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Melissa Bolger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55345
You are in the right place if you are seeking to show up more authentically in your life, sort through conflict, or improve your relationships! I will work with you to deepen your understanding of challenges you may be experiencing, learn new skills for dealing with difficulties, and ultimately find a path forward creating change and finding acceptance when needed. I am honored to work with many folks through experiences with: identity exploration, conflict, divorce, life changes, trauma, anxiety, depression, and difficult family dynamics. I see teens, parents, couples, families, and LGBTQ+ identified folks.
You are in the right place if you are seeking to show up more authentically in your life, sort through conflict, or improve your relationships! I will work with you to deepen your understanding of challenges you may be experiencing, learn new skills for dealing with difficulties, and ultimately find a path forward creating change and finding acceptance when needed. I am honored to work with many folks through experiences with: identity exploration, conflict, divorce, life changes, trauma, anxiety, depression, and difficult family dynamics. I see teens, parents, couples, families, and LGBTQ+ identified folks.
(612) 887-2176 View (612) 887-2176
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Connie G. Palacio
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual health and sexuality, couple problems, intimacy problems, trauma, domestic abuse, divorce and separation, parenting problems, attachment, adoption and foster care, grief and loss, immigration issues, posttrauma, and domestic abuse.
Helping those experiencing personal, emotional, relationship, family, traumatic experiences or psychological struggles. Therapy is a journey of growth and self discovery. Let's embark on that life journey together. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual health and sexuality, couple problems, intimacy problems, trauma, domestic abuse, divorce and separation, parenting problems, attachment, adoption and foster care, grief and loss, immigration issues, posttrauma, and domestic abuse.
Helping those experiencing personal, emotional, relationship, family, traumatic experiences or psychological struggles. Therapy is a journey of growth and self discovery. Let's embark on that life journey together. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
(612) 662-6560 View (612) 662-6560
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Sarah Dube
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
I believe that my role as your therapist is to listen, support, and guide you as you learn to trust yourself again and find new ways of being in the world. I work with folks dealing with concerns related to anxiety, depression, life transitions (due to divorce, job changes, grief/loss), relationship/family stress, job coaching/vocation discernment, moral injury & job burnout, religion/spirituality, religion/spirituality deconstruction or disillusionment, and religious abuse/trauma.
I believe that my role as your therapist is to listen, support, and guide you as you learn to trust yourself again and find new ways of being in the world. I work with folks dealing with concerns related to anxiety, depression, life transitions (due to divorce, job changes, grief/loss), relationship/family stress, job coaching/vocation discernment, moral injury & job burnout, religion/spirituality, religion/spirituality deconstruction or disillusionment, and religious abuse/trauma.
(952) 592-3372 View (952) 592-3372
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Joanna L Kelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Worried about your child's behavior? Struggling with parenting? Concerned about your adolescent's self image or self harm? Stuck in a negative cycle with your significant other and unsure how to connect again? Coming to terms with divorce and co-parenting? Wanting to improve family communication? Battling the shadows of depression and anxiety? Wanting change in your life but not sure what? Seeking therapy is hard and deeply personal. You are the expert in your life and I strive to make each client feel accepted, safe and understood. Together, we can discover your unique path to change and healing within yourself and relationships.
Worried about your child's behavior? Struggling with parenting? Concerned about your adolescent's self image or self harm? Stuck in a negative cycle with your significant other and unsure how to connect again? Coming to terms with divorce and co-parenting? Wanting to improve family communication? Battling the shadows of depression and anxiety? Wanting change in your life but not sure what? Seeking therapy is hard and deeply personal. You are the expert in your life and I strive to make each client feel accepted, safe and understood. Together, we can discover your unique path to change and healing within yourself and relationships.
(612) 276-6301 View (612) 276-6301
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Stacy Ellman
Counselor, LPC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55345  (Online Only)
Transitions such as relationships, challenging family dynamics, identity crisis, trauma, career, abuse, divorce, loss, and grief.
Often a question asked prior to counseling is, am I thriving or simply surviving? Individuals question their life path and need help to figure out where to start exploring. We work together to identify strengths, areas of growth, and both are used to help cultivate a fulfilling life experience. Clients may feel there is a mismatch between their head and hearts so we also work to connect them which in-turn causes less uncertainty and confusion in life choices.
Transitions such as relationships, challenging family dynamics, identity crisis, trauma, career, abuse, divorce, loss, and grief.
Often a question asked prior to counseling is, am I thriving or simply surviving? Individuals question their life path and need help to figure out where to start exploring. We work together to identify strengths, areas of growth, and both are used to help cultivate a fulfilling life experience. Clients may feel there is a mismatch between their head and hearts so we also work to connect them which in-turn causes less uncertainty and confusion in life choices.
(952) 900-4201 View (952) 900-4201
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Gay Rosenthal
Psychologist, MA, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55343
I work with individuals, couples, and families through the typical and extreme challenges they may face in their lives. I understand the causes and solutions to anxiety, depression, and life change emotions. I have consulted and worked within preschool and school settings facilitating the social and emotional development of students. I am committed to preventing high conflict divorce and the related impact on children and parents. Toward this goal, I also participate in collaborative practice and alternative dispute resolution processes as another part of my practice. I am devoted and passionate in my work.
I work with individuals, couples, and families through the typical and extreme challenges they may face in their lives. I understand the causes and solutions to anxiety, depression, and life change emotions. I have consulted and worked within preschool and school settings facilitating the social and emotional development of students. I am committed to preventing high conflict divorce and the related impact on children and parents. Toward this goal, I also participate in collaborative practice and alternative dispute resolution processes as another part of my practice. I am devoted and passionate in my work.
(952) 856-8585 View (952) 856-8585
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Jenny Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LAMFT
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Jenny has experience with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief counseling, life transitions, marital counseling, woman's issues, LGBTQ issues, multi ethnic counseling, co-parenting/blended family issues, divorce issues, and job related distress, She integrates Strength Based, Narrative, CBT, DBT, Experiential, Milan Systemic & Solution Focused Therapies.
Currently accepting new clients; individuals and couples. Hi, I'm Jenny Johnson a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and MFT Board Approved Supervisor. I am a collaborative, eclectic, and strength-based therapist with over ten years of extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families in English and Spanish. My philosophy on therapy is simple in nature. Humbly, you are the expert of your own life. Together, using your strengths and my training, we will find ways to process your past experiences and find tools to lead your best and balanced life!
Jenny has experience with PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief counseling, life transitions, marital counseling, woman's issues, LGBTQ issues, multi ethnic counseling, co-parenting/blended family issues, divorce issues, and job related distress, She integrates Strength Based, Narrative, CBT, DBT, Experiential, Milan Systemic & Solution Focused Therapies.
Currently accepting new clients; individuals and couples. Hi, I'm Jenny Johnson a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and MFT Board Approved Supervisor. I am a collaborative, eclectic, and strength-based therapist with over ten years of extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families in English and Spanish. My philosophy on therapy is simple in nature. Humbly, you are the expert of your own life. Together, using your strengths and my training, we will find ways to process your past experiences and find tools to lead your best and balanced life!
(763) 373-5325 View (763) 373-5325
Darryl Ross Goetz
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55345
COUPLES THERAPY for issues of intimacy, divorce prevention, reconciliation, communication, conflict resolution, and sexuality.
Dr. Goetz is dedicated to promoting the Emotional, Psychological, Physical, and Relationship Health of Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, and Families. It is Dr. Goetz' philosophy of therapy to maximize the healthy development of each family member and enhance both individual and family strengths and resiliency.The Core Values of his work include: forming a therapeutic and equal partnership with clients in their quest for emotional and relationship health; and forming a partnership with other health care service providers when they are involved.
COUPLES THERAPY for issues of intimacy, divorce prevention, reconciliation, communication, conflict resolution, and sexuality.
Dr. Goetz is dedicated to promoting the Emotional, Psychological, Physical, and Relationship Health of Children, Youth, Adults, Couples, and Families. It is Dr. Goetz' philosophy of therapy to maximize the healthy development of each family member and enhance both individual and family strengths and resiliency.The Core Values of his work include: forming a therapeutic and equal partnership with clients in their quest for emotional and relationship health; and forming a partnership with other health care service providers when they are involved.
(612) 294-8422 View (612) 294-8422
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Jake Lehrer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Not accepting new clients
Research and experience tells us that effective therapy is predicated on a truly meaningful relationship between client and therapist. I am confident that I can provide a time and space where you will feel understood, accepted, cared for, and appropriately challenged to change. I work primarily with young adults who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, divorce, separated and blended families, life transitions, sexual health and sexual identity, alcohol and chemical abuse issues, conflicted family relationships, attachment issues, and emotion and behavior management.
Research and experience tells us that effective therapy is predicated on a truly meaningful relationship between client and therapist. I am confident that I can provide a time and space where you will feel understood, accepted, cared for, and appropriately challenged to change. I work primarily with young adults who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, divorce, separated and blended families, life transitions, sexual health and sexual identity, alcohol and chemical abuse issues, conflicted family relationships, attachment issues, and emotion and behavior management.
(952) 679-2139 View (952) 679-2139
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Joe Noble
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55345
I work with families, couples, and individuals involved in complex family problems. Examples of the work I do include: Family conflict and post-divorce parenting conflict; Blending families counseling; Maintaining relationships in complex families; Navigating family relationships when protection orders apply; and Parenting and coparenting education. I am also a state certified supervisor for marriage and family therapists.
I work with families, couples, and individuals involved in complex family problems. Examples of the work I do include: Family conflict and post-divorce parenting conflict; Blending families counseling; Maintaining relationships in complex families; Navigating family relationships when protection orders apply; and Parenting and coparenting education. I am also a state certified supervisor for marriage and family therapists.
(952) 955-7538 View (952) 955-7538
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Rita F. Weiss
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Rita brings to psychotherapy over 30 years of diverse experiences with children, adolescents, couples, and families. She has cultivated expertise in depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, sexual abuse, separation/ divorce issues as well as step and blended families. She has the unique ability to integrate psychodynamic, behavioral, and solution-focused techniques to help clients understand their behaviors that may be self-defeating and obstacles the impede their growth, providing a new perspective.
Rita brings to psychotherapy over 30 years of diverse experiences with children, adolescents, couples, and families. She has cultivated expertise in depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, sexual abuse, separation/ divorce issues as well as step and blended families. She has the unique ability to integrate psychodynamic, behavioral, and solution-focused techniques to help clients understand their behaviors that may be self-defeating and obstacles the impede their growth, providing a new perspective.
(651) 927-8580 View (651) 927-8580
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Cornerstone Therapy and Recovery Center
Psychologist, MA, LP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Waitlist for new clients
I've specialized in sexual addiction, relationship problems, infidelity, shame, depression, divorce and childhood trauma.
I've been counseling men and couples for over 40 years. My specialties are men with compulsive/addictive sexual behaviors, unresolved childhood abuse/trauma/neglect, anxiety/depression, relationship problems and intimacy issues. I also do couple's therapy teaching and helping couples in good communication and conflict management and how to heal from infidelity. Cornerstone has 5 outpatient treatment groups for men with sexual addiction. We also have very skilled therapist who treat childhood trauma and neglect with very highly regarded therapeutic methods and approaches including EMDR, Sensorimotor and Pesso Psychomotor Therapy.
I've specialized in sexual addiction, relationship problems, infidelity, shame, depression, divorce and childhood trauma.
I've been counseling men and couples for over 40 years. My specialties are men with compulsive/addictive sexual behaviors, unresolved childhood abuse/trauma/neglect, anxiety/depression, relationship problems and intimacy issues. I also do couple's therapy teaching and helping couples in good communication and conflict management and how to heal from infidelity. Cornerstone has 5 outpatient treatment groups for men with sexual addiction. We also have very skilled therapist who treat childhood trauma and neglect with very highly regarded therapeutic methods and approaches including EMDR, Sensorimotor and Pesso Psychomotor Therapy.
(651) 964-0945 View (651) 964-0945
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Divorce Therapists

How does therapy for people affected by a divorce work?

Individuals may feel a number of emotions following a divorce, such as shock, guilt, grief, anger, and fear. Therapists offer a non-judgmental space for individuals to talk about what they’ve experienced and process their emotions. Therapists will help clients develop coping strategies. They can also help a client rebuild their sense of self and self-worth and talk about what a happier future might look like.

What’s the most common type of therapy following a divorce?

There are several types of therapy that may be useful for divorce, including cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, solution-focused brief, and mindfulness-based therapies. Many therapy types are talk-therapy based, which is typically the most popular option for individuals dealing with divorce. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a widely-used talk therapy, however, there’s no specific therapy type that’s designed to help people with divorce, and different types will work depending on the person.

When should an individual seek help due to a divorce?

When the feelings of a divorced individual, or an individual going through the process of divorce, begin to disrupt healthy daily functioning, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If a person finds that they are not performing at work due to problems with anxiety or motivation, if they’re no longer seeing friends due to feelings of shame, or if they’re not properly taking care of themselves as a result of depression, speaking to a professional could help.

How do you encourage someone to go to therapy due to a divorce?

It’s helpful to express concern and love for the individual while framing therapy as a tool for improving their life. Sharing how the individual appears to be suffering, and what effects it has on them or on their children, should be done with compassion and empathy. It may be useful to devise a game plan—breaking the process down into parts, such as finding a therapist, making appointments, and looking into insurance coverage.