Divorce Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Lynn Marie Tienken
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98118
My directions and guidance are practical, with clear boundaries supported by years of working with families of divorce.
With 42 years as a therapist I can say that my passion and joy is sitting with couples and individuals who want more meaning and depth in their relationships. Spirit leads the way in my work. Watching couples light up when they understand how to "be present with curiosity in listening to their partner" adds spark to my day. Knowing that they are beginning to get the tools for change that grow inner confidence is what brings richness to my work and hope for them.
My directions and guidance are practical, with clear boundaries supported by years of working with families of divorce.
With 42 years as a therapist I can say that my passion and joy is sitting with couples and individuals who want more meaning and depth in their relationships. Spirit leads the way in my work. Watching couples light up when they understand how to "be present with curiosity in listening to their partner" adds spark to my day. Knowing that they are beginning to get the tools for change that grow inner confidence is what brings richness to my work and hope for them.
(206) 488-0469 View (206) 488-0469
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Alexis Hipp
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Facing a pivotal moment in your relationship? You’re in the right place. I help individuals and couples navigate the big moments that can happen in romantic relationships: the happy transitions, like getting married & the painful situations, like recovering from infidelity or contemplating divorce. I have specialized training in Discernment Counseling, which helps couples on the brink of divorce get clarity on what they want to do with the future of their relationship, as well as Pre-Marital Counseling for couples who want to set up their relationship for success.
Facing a pivotal moment in your relationship? You’re in the right place. I help individuals and couples navigate the big moments that can happen in romantic relationships: the happy transitions, like getting married & the painful situations, like recovering from infidelity or contemplating divorce. I have specialized training in Discernment Counseling, which helps couples on the brink of divorce get clarity on what they want to do with the future of their relationship, as well as Pre-Marital Counseling for couples who want to set up their relationship for success.
(206) 672-4460 View (206) 672-4460
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Erich Henninger
Counselor, Erich Henninger, MACP, LMHCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
My practice focuses on working with people struggling with issues concerning anger management, impulsivity, chronic shame, divorce, relationships, anxiety, depression, overwhelmingness, identity, and sexuality.
Isolation is the killer. For many, influences to pivot away from isolation and towards healing, connection, and growth are complex, challenging, and hopeful. My clients are invited to explore their “painful wounds” and discover how their pain’s influence leads to self-identity issues, certain behaviors, relationship constraints, and patterns that decrease movement toward growth. Growth towards living with a whole heart of emotions, less ambiguity, finding increased purpose, and engaged relationships. Growth towards self-compassion and employing in their lives what they value most.
My practice focuses on working with people struggling with issues concerning anger management, impulsivity, chronic shame, divorce, relationships, anxiety, depression, overwhelmingness, identity, and sexuality.
Isolation is the killer. For many, influences to pivot away from isolation and towards healing, connection, and growth are complex, challenging, and hopeful. My clients are invited to explore their “painful wounds” and discover how their pain’s influence leads to self-identity issues, certain behaviors, relationship constraints, and patterns that decrease movement toward growth. Growth towards living with a whole heart of emotions, less ambiguity, finding increased purpose, and engaged relationships. Growth towards self-compassion and employing in their lives what they value most.
(206) 736-1532 View (206) 736-1532
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Sarah Gibbs
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I have a passion for working with people experiencing life transitions, including divorce or loss, forming new step families, co-parenting, or struggling with parenting concerns. My approach is to explore problems systemically, viewing each client within the context of the world around them. In therapy sessions we will explore trans-generational patterns of behavior that exist within you, and within your family of origin and your family of choice.
I have a passion for working with people experiencing life transitions, including divorce or loss, forming new step families, co-parenting, or struggling with parenting concerns. My approach is to explore problems systemically, viewing each client within the context of the world around them. In therapy sessions we will explore trans-generational patterns of behavior that exist within you, and within your family of origin and your family of choice.
(425) 470-6606 View (425) 470-6606
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Mary Jayne Wykowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have worked with folks going through the rigors of a divorce.
Welcome and congratulations on taking the first step so that life may get different for you. The beauty and benefits of re-examining how we can make changes in our lives, continues to fuel my passion for therapeutic dialogue. The integrative nature of my work allows for us to look at family of origin explanations, without blaming, so that you can move toward change. When what feels like roadblocks comes up there are a number of tools that can help, like increasing mindfulness and learning more around boundaries and assertive communication.
I have worked with folks going through the rigors of a divorce.
Welcome and congratulations on taking the first step so that life may get different for you. The beauty and benefits of re-examining how we can make changes in our lives, continues to fuel my passion for therapeutic dialogue. The integrative nature of my work allows for us to look at family of origin explanations, without blaming, so that you can move toward change. When what feels like roadblocks comes up there are a number of tools that can help, like increasing mindfulness and learning more around boundaries and assertive communication.
(206) 558-1081 View (206) 558-1081
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Anne Clemente
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Therapy for Healing from Complicated Pasts, Presents & Relationships. Other people view your life as a success. But there’s stuff you need to process. You’re managing but you’d like to feel like you're doing more than just getting by in life. And to be honest, you know that all that stuff is affecting your personal & professional relationships.You want support for the difficult times and relationships in your life. Whether it’s stuff from childhood that is holding you back, a current difficulty with a partner or spouse, a divorce, or a trauma that you don’t want to keep stuffed down anymore, I am here for you.
Accepting New Clients. Therapy for Healing from Complicated Pasts, Presents & Relationships. Other people view your life as a success. But there’s stuff you need to process. You’re managing but you’d like to feel like you're doing more than just getting by in life. And to be honest, you know that all that stuff is affecting your personal & professional relationships.You want support for the difficult times and relationships in your life. Whether it’s stuff from childhood that is holding you back, a current difficulty with a partner or spouse, a divorce, or a trauma that you don’t want to keep stuffed down anymore, I am here for you.
(206) 203-9730 View (206) 203-9730
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Dr. Jill Gross
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
When we tend lovingly to our grief, transitions like death, separation, divorce, and mid-life challenges can actually be invitations to live more fully.
When the unwanted or unexpected happens, it is as if the whole world has imploded. If left untended, grief can show up in ways that don't serve us. We can lose ourselves in alcohol, sleep, work--anything to numb the pain. Some of us lash out or withdraw from the people and things that give our lives meaning (e.g., family, friends, community). It doesn't have to be this way! I specialize in helping people whose lives have been affected by illness or death, separation or divorce, and mid-life issues (parenting struggles, caring for aging parents, etc.).
When we tend lovingly to our grief, transitions like death, separation, divorce, and mid-life challenges can actually be invitations to live more fully.
When the unwanted or unexpected happens, it is as if the whole world has imploded. If left untended, grief can show up in ways that don't serve us. We can lose ourselves in alcohol, sleep, work--anything to numb the pain. Some of us lash out or withdraw from the people and things that give our lives meaning (e.g., family, friends, community). It doesn't have to be this way! I specialize in helping people whose lives have been affected by illness or death, separation or divorce, and mid-life issues (parenting struggles, caring for aging parents, etc.).
(206) 647-6432 View (206) 647-6432
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Gina Guddat Counseling
Counselor, BA, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
I offer everything from pre-marital counseling, communication tools, enrichment, conscious uncoupling and post-divorce care.
The best is yet to be! I strive to offer a positive atmosphere for real personal change. Helping people learn to manage and cope with emotions like, fear, frustration, sadness and worry is my specialty. Self defeating behavioral patterns that involve anger, phobias, procrastination, or poor impulse control can also be addressed. I assists individuals and couples by providing skills-based counseling so they can live life more peacefully and productively.
I offer everything from pre-marital counseling, communication tools, enrichment, conscious uncoupling and post-divorce care.
The best is yet to be! I strive to offer a positive atmosphere for real personal change. Helping people learn to manage and cope with emotions like, fear, frustration, sadness and worry is my specialty. Self defeating behavioral patterns that involve anger, phobias, procrastination, or poor impulse control can also be addressed. I assists individuals and couples by providing skills-based counseling so they can live life more peacefully and productively.
(855) 848-5968 View (855) 848-5968
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Joseph Losi Certified EFT Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
Trained in conflict resolution and cooperative divorce skills he is experienced in helping individuals foster better communication through High End Goal setting which foster working guidelines for co-parenting, finances and personal interactions.
As a fully certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, and a Level 2 EFT Individual Therapist Joseph's approach is rooted in Attachment Theory. Joseph assists his clients to become fully aware of unrecognized, unshared, connective primary emotions and reactive, disconnecting secondary emotions. He helps couples, men, and women cultivate greater awareness and acceptance of emotion. With empathic support he will help you develop the ability to communicate primary and secondary emotion in powerful ways that will foster increased intimacy with partners, spouses, and others.
Trained in conflict resolution and cooperative divorce skills he is experienced in helping individuals foster better communication through High End Goal setting which foster working guidelines for co-parenting, finances and personal interactions.
As a fully certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, and a Level 2 EFT Individual Therapist Joseph's approach is rooted in Attachment Theory. Joseph assists his clients to become fully aware of unrecognized, unshared, connective primary emotions and reactive, disconnecting secondary emotions. He helps couples, men, and women cultivate greater awareness and acceptance of emotion. With empathic support he will help you develop the ability to communicate primary and secondary emotion in powerful ways that will foster increased intimacy with partners, spouses, and others.
(253) 777-1620 View (253) 777-1620
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Connie Curlett
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I help people find healing, empowerment and harmony in their life and relationships. Whether you have something specific you want to address, or have a general feeling of being stuck and don't know where to start, I can help you move towards the life you want and deserve. I am passionate about relationships, specializing in separation and divorce prevention or recovery. I provide a variety of tools along with nonjudgmental support to help you move towards your goals. Trained as a psychotherapist and life coach I bring a unique blend of counseling and coaching into our work together.
I help people find healing, empowerment and harmony in their life and relationships. Whether you have something specific you want to address, or have a general feeling of being stuck and don't know where to start, I can help you move towards the life you want and deserve. I am passionate about relationships, specializing in separation and divorce prevention or recovery. I provide a variety of tools along with nonjudgmental support to help you move towards your goals. Trained as a psychotherapist and life coach I bring a unique blend of counseling and coaching into our work together.
(253) 248-4280 View (253) 248-4280
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Nuri Kahn - N. W. Family Psychology
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MHP, DBH
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Dr. Kahn is experienced in providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and adults seeking treatment for a wide range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, impulse control, phobias, somatoform disorders, trauma, adjustment challenges, relationship discord and behavioral disorders. Dr. Kahn also specializes in evidence-based reunification therapy for families in transition and at crossroads with the court system, such as following separation, divorce, and relocation.
Dr. Kahn is experienced in providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and adults seeking treatment for a wide range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, impulse control, phobias, somatoform disorders, trauma, adjustment challenges, relationship discord and behavioral disorders. Dr. Kahn also specializes in evidence-based reunification therapy for families in transition and at crossroads with the court system, such as following separation, divorce, and relocation.
(360) 328-7506 View (360) 328-7506
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Carol Hirshfield
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
Postgraduate training includes hypnosis; family systems therapy; advanced training in mediation, collaborative divorce, Gottman communication model and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I have had over 25 years experience working with children, adults and their families on both the East and West Coasts. I was born and raised in New York City, and have had professional experience in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Seattle. My special expertise includes child development, populations with special needs (learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, developmental disabilities, and autism), and services for families who are engaged in high conflict divorce. I am here to help you, and if your family needs help, work with the issues life brings us.
Postgraduate training includes hypnosis; family systems therapy; advanced training in mediation, collaborative divorce, Gottman communication model and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I have had over 25 years experience working with children, adults and their families on both the East and West Coasts. I was born and raised in New York City, and have had professional experience in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Seattle. My special expertise includes child development, populations with special needs (learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, developmental disabilities, and autism), and services for families who are engaged in high conflict divorce. I am here to help you, and if your family needs help, work with the issues life brings us.
(310) 321-4280 View (310) 321-4280
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Glyn Deputy - N. W. Family Psychology
Counselor, MEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Glyn Deputy, M.Ed, LMHC, brings a keen awareness of both the necessities and subtleties of surviving our human condition and reaching one’s full potential, particularly when clients are experiencing significant life transitions (e.g., separation, divorce, parent child conflicts, etc.), as well as clinical experience spanning the past 20 years. Glyn has worked with generational family issues in rural and frontier communities, has assisted youth and young adults with many types of disability in pursuing higher education, and has gained exceptional skills in dual diagnosis treatment – both individually and in the family system.
Glyn Deputy, M.Ed, LMHC, brings a keen awareness of both the necessities and subtleties of surviving our human condition and reaching one’s full potential, particularly when clients are experiencing significant life transitions (e.g., separation, divorce, parent child conflicts, etc.), as well as clinical experience spanning the past 20 years. Glyn has worked with generational family issues in rural and frontier communities, has assisted youth and young adults with many types of disability in pursuing higher education, and has gained exceptional skills in dual diagnosis treatment – both individually and in the family system.
(206) 929-4230 View (206) 929-4230
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Ariana Valentina Rukeyser
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98108
I hold Master's degree in Counseling from Seattle University. I work with clients on relationship issues, co-dependency, separation, divorce and co-parenting, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, sexual trauma and major life transitions. It is my belief that the ultimate human need is connection and meaningful relationships. My desire is to help clients clarify feelings, improve communication, and strengthen and deepen connections.
I hold Master's degree in Counseling from Seattle University. I work with clients on relationship issues, co-dependency, separation, divorce and co-parenting, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, sexual trauma and major life transitions. It is my belief that the ultimate human need is connection and meaningful relationships. My desire is to help clients clarify feelings, improve communication, and strengthen and deepen connections.
(206) 745-5829 View (206) 745-5829
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Michelle Bradley
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98136
I specialize in working with folks who have experienced trauma, those who are in helper roles of various sorts, individuals going through divorce, as well as those experiencing symptoms of Bipolar, Anxiety, and Depression. I utilize techniques pulled from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness strategies, as well as others I find applicable to the symptoms that a client presents with. I customize my approach based on each person’s history, current presentation of symptoms, and goals that I create with each individual client.
I specialize in working with folks who have experienced trauma, those who are in helper roles of various sorts, individuals going through divorce, as well as those experiencing symptoms of Bipolar, Anxiety, and Depression. I utilize techniques pulled from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness strategies, as well as others I find applicable to the symptoms that a client presents with. I customize my approach based on each person’s history, current presentation of symptoms, and goals that I create with each individual client.
(425) 640-7009 x9381 View (425) 640-7009 x9381
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David Goldman
Counselor, MS CMHC, MAEd, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98106
David supports individuals and groups during changes such as loss, career shifts, traumatic divorce, criminal/legal, (in)justice, parenting, co-parenting, reunification, stepparenting, adoption, aging, heartbreak, as well as partnering and marriage.
David works with clients to understand challenges, to develop specific goals, and to promote wellness using a variety of tools from therapeutic modalities including empathetic Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). David draws from experience working with individuals and families as an educator, birth doula, Guardian ad Litem, mediator, and counselor. David is also approved by WA State to complete DVIT Domestic Violence Assessments and Treatment.
David supports individuals and groups during changes such as loss, career shifts, traumatic divorce, criminal/legal, (in)justice, parenting, co-parenting, reunification, stepparenting, adoption, aging, heartbreak, as well as partnering and marriage.
David works with clients to understand challenges, to develop specific goals, and to promote wellness using a variety of tools from therapeutic modalities including empathetic Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). David draws from experience working with individuals and families as an educator, birth doula, Guardian ad Litem, mediator, and counselor. David is also approved by WA State to complete DVIT Domestic Violence Assessments and Treatment.
(360) 774-4078 View (360) 774-4078
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Allyson Clemmons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98195  (Online Only)
Now Booking Couples Therapy Intensives..... The problems in your marriage have left you feeling hopeless, frustrated, and alone. Divorce is on the table because you don't think you can go on like this. You're disappointed with how the ongoing conflict, lack of trust, and resentment have changed your relationship and your view of your spouse. You're concerned about your children and how they are affected by the problems in your marriage. You and your spouse have tried talking things out in the past, but those conversations have gone in circles, or they've stopped altogether. You're ready for a professional to step in and help.
Now Booking Couples Therapy Intensives..... The problems in your marriage have left you feeling hopeless, frustrated, and alone. Divorce is on the table because you don't think you can go on like this. You're disappointed with how the ongoing conflict, lack of trust, and resentment have changed your relationship and your view of your spouse. You're concerned about your children and how they are affected by the problems in your marriage. You and your spouse have tried talking things out in the past, but those conversations have gone in circles, or they've stopped altogether. You're ready for a professional to step in and help.
(617) 741-5339 View (617) 741-5339
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Miles Aaron Yanick
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, JD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
I help clients find meaning, connection, clarity, and purpose. I am particularly well suited to working with clients amid life transitions, such as career changes, marriage and divorce, having or launching children, recovery from addiction, aging, and loss, as well as couples in distressed relationships. I aim to be fully present for clients, offering curiosity, careful listening, non-judgment, and authenticity. My approach is collaborative, honoring clients’ beliefs, emotions, and experiences as valid and true and recognizing them as the ultimate authority on the changes they seek.
I help clients find meaning, connection, clarity, and purpose. I am particularly well suited to working with clients amid life transitions, such as career changes, marriage and divorce, having or launching children, recovery from addiction, aging, and loss, as well as couples in distressed relationships. I aim to be fully present for clients, offering curiosity, careful listening, non-judgment, and authenticity. My approach is collaborative, honoring clients’ beliefs, emotions, and experiences as valid and true and recognizing them as the ultimate authority on the changes they seek.
(206) 210-2677 View (206) 210-2677
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Blair Morgan-Livingston
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
My expertise includes trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, communication, divorce, and life transitions.
I believe in the importance of helping individuals seeking to show up authentically in all parts of their lives. Through compassion, non-judgmental guidance, and by challenging patterns where you find yourself stuck, we are able to promote personal growth and change. I work with individuals and couples to better understand their boundaries and how to strengthen their ability to communicate them. My approach to counseling is informed by CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic, and EMDR. EMDR therapy is an effective therapy method that supports healing from trauma, ingrained negative core beliefs, and other distressing life experiences.
My expertise includes trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, communication, divorce, and life transitions.
I believe in the importance of helping individuals seeking to show up authentically in all parts of their lives. Through compassion, non-judgmental guidance, and by challenging patterns where you find yourself stuck, we are able to promote personal growth and change. I work with individuals and couples to better understand their boundaries and how to strengthen their ability to communicate them. My approach to counseling is informed by CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic, and EMDR. EMDR therapy is an effective therapy method that supports healing from trauma, ingrained negative core beliefs, and other distressing life experiences.
(206) 823-3277 View (206) 823-3277
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Dana Falk
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98199
I've loved training grad students in psychotherapy, teaching Change Resilience at UW, publishing on humor in therapy, divorce recovery, anxiety.
Bring gritty emotional honesty, a kind, sharp eye for themes in your life and your sense of humor. We'll work to understand nuances of your unique situation, utilize insights from your relationship history and symptoms and experiment with patterns that hold you back. I love to help mid-life adults with life transitions. My French Bulldog joins us! (We are both GLBTQ+ friendly.) Most people get stuck analyzing problems and are slow to take action OR they leap to action before gaining insight. I'll help you strike the right balance, so you create lasting change.
I've loved training grad students in psychotherapy, teaching Change Resilience at UW, publishing on humor in therapy, divorce recovery, anxiety.
Bring gritty emotional honesty, a kind, sharp eye for themes in your life and your sense of humor. We'll work to understand nuances of your unique situation, utilize insights from your relationship history and symptoms and experiment with patterns that hold you back. I love to help mid-life adults with life transitions. My French Bulldog joins us! (We are both GLBTQ+ friendly.) Most people get stuck analyzing problems and are slow to take action OR they leap to action before gaining insight. I'll help you strike the right balance, so you create lasting change.
(206) 926-3866 View (206) 926-3866
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.