Divorce can be incredibly devastating and confusing for everyone in the family, especially children. It can mean moving to a new house, seeing one or both parents less often, introducing new members into the family, and sorting through new emotions. It is important for children to learn how to manage these new emotions in healthy and positive ways. It is also important for kids to feel like they can ask parents questions about the divorce.
Starting January, 2020, Lakewood Family Therapy will be holding process therapy groups for children in divorced families. These groups will be held bi-weekly and individual therapy for children and parents will be offered in the off-weeks. The purpose of these groups is to connect children with other children who are also dealing with divorce.
There are three major benefits of group therapy:
It helps children feel like they aren’t the only one working through a divorce. Divorce can be isolating and lonely at times. Connecting children to other children in the same situation provides a sense of belonging.
It allows children to learn from the experiences of others and share their own experience. There may be children who are further along in the healing process who can share something helpful.
When one child shares how they are feeling, it invites other children to share. Hearing that other people feel the same way they do helps children understand that their emotions are real and valid.
This model also allows the therapist to work with each individual family on the off-weeks to address individual concerns and to work on the parent-child relationship. This individual time with mom or dad is important for the child’s healing.
Please contact Christina Holyoak at Lakewood Family Therapy for more information.