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Supporting families through a divorce

A divorce or separation impacts the whole family unit and can be an extremely difficult time for everyone. It is important that any difficulties and issues are addressed early, so that each member of the family can thrive and enjoy positive wellbeing within the new family structure.

Priory’s specialists are adept at working with families going through a divorce or separation, providing evidence-based divorce therapy that encourages open and honest communication.

More than 40% of marriages end in divorce and nearly a quarter of a million people go through a divorce each year. Almost half of all divorces involve children, who can get ‘caught in the crossfire’ and can often be left feeling vulnerable and unsure of the changes occurring in their lives.

Parental separation and/or divorce is one of the main risk factors for children developing emotional and behavioural difficulties, and subsequent mental health problems such as depression, low self-esteem, self-harming and suicidal ideation.

Advice for families during the COVID-19 outbreak

Lopa Vibhakar, Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist at Priory, provides advice to help families cope with COVID-19.

Lopa is based at Priory Wellbeing Centres in London.

Delivering specialist and bespoke therapy for families going through a divorce

Communication and emotional difficulties could be alleviated through focused divorce counselling and therapy provided at one of our centres. View our private hospital and wellbeing centre locations across the country.

Priory offers counselling and therapy services to separating or divorcing couples. This is a specialist service aimed at individuals or couples, either during or post mediation and dispute resolution, who would like to explore therapy.

The therapy, delivered by a specialist in family separation, is adapted to individuals’ needs and their emotional capacity to cope. It can work on either an individual basis or involve both parties, if this is agreed.

Priory also offers specialised private mental health support for children and young people.

The importance of long-term healing

A separation can be very difficult to navigate and families often face functional disputes over contact and living arrangements, child maintenance, property and money. These added stressors can have a negative effect on mental health and wellbeing. Where this is the case, therapy and/or medication can be used to help with the resulting symptoms. It is important to not only deal with the immediate conflicts and resolutions, but to also work towards long-term healing. Therapeutic intervention can help each member of the family unit rebuild and return to positive mental health and wellbeing within the new family structure.

Therapy to support those going through a separation can help to manage:

  • Parents’ expectations about how to parent separately
  • Different belief systems and the impact they can have on children
  • Passive or active resentment between parents and the subsequent impact on children
  • Communication between the separating parents so that it is conducive to the positive wellbeing of their children
  • Supporting mental wellbeing throughout the process

Working with families and couples, Priory’s divorce therapists can help you with:

  • Creating a ‘road map’ outlining what a ‘good’ divorce or separation can look like
  • Support in communicating the process to children
  • Acknowledging the fears and insecurities the children might have, in age-appropriate language
  • Providing the separating parents and the family a language to talk about their thoughts and feelings regarding the change in circumstances

Find out more information about our family and couples therapy programme.

Get in Touch Today

For details on how Priory can provide you with mental health and wellbeing support during a separation or divorce, please call 0800 840 3219, email us or click here to submit an enquiry form. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here.


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