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Divorce and Separation

Divorce can be one of the more challenging transitions in a person’s life. Oftentimes it represents an upheaval of all that is known: we spend a great deal of time preparing for a future with our spouse – emotionally, financially, practically – when these ideas are dissolved, it can represent a significant shock to mind and body, even if one has been preparing for a divorce or separation for some time.

In addition to the emotional pain associated with divorce, couples also have newfound levels of stress that they are asked to manage: concerns for the welfare of children coupled with the practical and financial implications of dividing up a home can easily overwhelm the nervous system and our ability to cope.

Benefits of Divorce Counseling

• ease the transition into new life
• minimize feelings of resentment
• reaffirm healthy communication
• plan for a less complex future
• curb stress or trauma for involved children


Many people seek divorce counseling as both individuals, and a couple who would like to consciously and thoughtfully move their relationship to its next stage. Individual counseling can be extremely beneficial for the person who is struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, decreased self worth, confusion, and uncertainty. A well-trained therapist can guide a client to successfully navigate the unknown, while showing them ways to lower and manage their stress in the process.

The term “conscious uncoupling” has achieved notoriety of late. Conscious uncoupling generally refers to couples who have decided to end a relationship in a way that honors the past history of the relationship while acknowledging that even though pain and hurt exists, couples can end their relationship in a way that is not centered around conflict and anger.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists can help couples define their goals, learn how to manage the separation in a way that is concerned with the well-being of the children, and learn how to communicate with one another respectfully.

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