Divorce

The decision to end a marriage can be upsetting and filled with a number of opposing emotions. Though common in the U.S. (fifty percent of marriages end in divorce), each divorce is unique and usually an emotional and painful process for all the parties involved. During and after a divorce, you might experience feelings of loss, anger, depression, rejection, shock, regret, doubt, guilt, betrayal, bitterness or fear. Seeing a therapist can really help an individual to manage these and other tough feelings. While going through a divorce, some couples choose to see a therapist together, which can help them to work together to end the marriage in a constructive and practical way. Therapy is also beneficial for children experiencing divorce. Children often feel a strong sense of loss in the aftermath of a divorce and a mental health professional can help them to cope in healthy ways.

Local experts in Divorce

Kelle DeBruin

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

There are helpful ways to separate and divorce in a relationship. Especially when there are children within the relationship, finding ways to engage each other and communicate with each other enables a healthier life transition for the couple and all those involved. Support with separation and divorce focuses on exploring options and understanding goals within the relationship.

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Maria Arias

Licensed Professional Counselor

Divorce can be the best thing that happens for a child! It can mean the end of open and constant hostilities. Learn to assure that competing attachments are avoided and your child can thrive in her new home settings.

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Lisa Popelka

Licensed Professional Counselor

Women contemplating divorce may feel confusion, guilt, isolation, or pressure - yet therapy can help you to find your center and cultivate clarity about what is the best path. When you must go through a divorce, you come face to face with a range of intense emotions. Therapy can offer you a safe place to decompress; to receive support, and to engage in the process of healing, and growth.

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Kimberly Dudley, LMHCA, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Divorce isn't something that just happens, it's an outcome of deep dysfunction within a marriage. Marriages end for many reasons: betrayal, emotional and physical danger, infidelity, manipulation... They're often necessary in order for the individual parties to have a chance to rebuild health within themselves that was impossible within the marriage.

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Michelle Pliske

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

DSW LCSW RPT-S

Divorce and separating families benefit from support while navigating difficult life transitions. Divorce moves through the process of grief and loss and high conflict divorce creates relationship disruption and concern for all members involved including parents and children. My goal is to provide families support and will engage in court advocacy throughout the process for children's care.

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Michaele Dunlap PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Our emotional partnerships often form the core of our sense of safety in the world. When our emotional partnerships are threatened or dissolving we feel groundless, cast adrift. I work with individuals to examine their state of mind and emotion when divorce is impending or in process and to help them move toward new goals and safety.

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Nancy Pearson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Having experienced the trauma of divorce first hand, I had to find ways to protect my children from the deleterious effects it can have. So I studied, and I practiced, and I took risks both professionally and personally until I could co-parent harmoniously and coach others in how to achieve that outcome. The result is a satisfying co-parenting family life where children flourish!

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Robin Magdahlen

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC RDT

The decision to end a significant relationship can be a difficult and challenging process that leaves everyone depleted, confused and anxious about the future and how to move forward. Therapy can assist in working through those feelings, make sense of the end of ones relationship, and obtain a new perspective and healing.

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Darin Bergen (he/him)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. I know because I've been through it. Because of that, I'm passionate about helping people through the divorce and finding healing. On the other side is a happy life - I know because I've seen it so many times. I typically start by processing the pain and loss of divorce before focusing on building a new life that you love.

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Kris Cavanaugh LPC, CADCI

Licensed Professional Counselor

Deciding to end a relationship can be a confusing and fearful process. People often feel stuck and unsure of their future. Confronting those what ifs through a therapeutic relationship can help individuals clarify emotional wants and needs as well as learn to communicate those needs in the now and for future relationships.

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Jennie Hayes, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Even relationships that are ready to end have so much to teach us about ourselves—if we're able to open ourselves to learning. I specialize in helping people ready to end relationships process the hurt and say goodbye in order to discover new relationships and ways of being together.

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Leslie Yeargers

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

While ending a marriage may be the best course of action, it is a major transition that can pose a strain on partners and their children. My goal is to help you 'divorce well' so that you can take care of your financial, logistical, and emotional needs while minimizing the impact on your children and extended family.

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Alli Blank MA, LPCI

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Being a divorced individual, I understand the pain and the loss a divorce causes. It's a difficult experience to process as you're grieving the loss of a marriage while trying to re gain a sense of self and find a new direction in life.

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Kenny Benjamin, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Divorce is about making peace with the past and deciding what kind of future you want. It is about pain and loss , and yet, it is also about hope and possibility.

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Janet Purcell, PH.D.

Clinical Psychologist

I have significant educational and training experiences in Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic Therapy. They have all included significant work with treating separation and divorce issues.

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Gia Buckberg

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Much of my work has been supporting individuals who are currently in the throes of a change in their family dynamic. Helping a client balance the challenges of being a single parent and reestablishing a relationship with former spouse and navigating supporting their children after divorce are aspects that I feel where the life coaching perspective can be greatly beneficial.

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