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Supporting Children Through Divorce

Is Your Child struggling with behavior problems or emotional difficulties while trying to cope with changes in his or her family system such as divorce.  For Children, divorce can be stressful, sad and confusing. At any age, kids may feel uncertain about what life will be like, or angry at his parents for divorcing.


If your child is struggling from the impact of divorce, they may be displaying some of the following behaviors:

  • Overly argumentative
  • Defiant or disobedient
  • Hyperactive, impulsive, or having difficulty concentrating
  • Having frequent temper tantrums or low frustration tolerance
  • Overcome with worries or fears, either general or specific
  • Having difficulties falling asleep or suffering from nightmares
  • Having problems making or keeping friends
  • Struggling with shyness
  • Difficulty going to school or refusing to go to school
  • Excessively clingy to parents or other adults
  • Complaining about frequent headaches or stomach aches
  • Suffering from low self-esteem
  • Making negative self statements

How do we help these children?

The key to supporting children through a divorce is getting them to open up, and to communicate their feelings as their parents are proceeding through divorce.  Children going through divorce need to talk - but often are reluctant to talk to their own parents about how they feel.  This is where therapy helps - therapy provides teens, children, and adults a safe place in which they can express their feeilings.

I am well suited to helping Adults and Teens cope with the effects of Divorce through conventional therapy.  For children, I offer two unique therapeutic approaches:  Play (or Art) Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.  By offering play therapy and sand tray therapy for children and families,  I can help families and children overcome their difficulties, gain confidence, and develop a sense of well being.  Through therapy, you and your child can experience the following benefits:

  • Play therapy can help children learn to express their feelings
  • Play therapy can modify negative behavior by children learning problem solving skills in a safe & secure manner
  • As a parent, you can learn new parenting strategies and gain more confidence in your parenting skills
  • You can strengthen your relationship with your child
  • An Individualized approach to therapy can help Adults and Adolescents cope with Divorce


 

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