Divorce is one of the most traumatic experiences one can ever face. it is a life altering event that often causes those who experience it to feel intense emotional and psychological changes and upheaval throughout the journey of environmental and identity transitions.
As a therapist who specializes in working with clients who have experienced this unique and challenging type of trauma, I help my clients process and understand the full spectrum of their feelings in the wake of divorce. I work with clients to help them mourn the loss of their previous identity as a member of a marital unit and to guide and support them in their establishment of their new identity as a healthy, independent individual.
Divorce can introduce a variety of new challenges such as: understanding the state of separation, navigating the family court system, coparenting or parallel parenting, an evolving landscape of family members and friends, dating after divorce, dating and remarriage of ex-spouses, stepparenting struggles, and more. These challenging situations can feel frightening and difficult to navigate. Receiving professional support and guidance throughout the divorce and post divorce processes can accelerate and deepen emotional recovery, assist clients in navigating through these new and challenging situations, and help clients form a new identity that is reflective of their true unique selves.
Divorcing a Partner Who Exhibits Personality Disordered Traits
Divorcing a partner with narcissistic or borderline traits can be especially challenging and this experience can causing feelings of tremendous stress, fear, and hopelessness. At Daniel’s Place, I help clients build their skills of distress tolerance, self-supporting engagement and communication, and boundary establishment and assertiveness skills. With learned key skills and warm, emotional support, the process of divorcing a disordered partner can feel less confusing and frightening, while clients feel an enhanced sense of safety and confidence in themselves and the process.