Divorce is never easy. No matter where you are in the process, you are likely experiencing a great deal of stress.
Maybe you are facing the possibility of divorce. You want to save your marriage, but you aren’t sure if that is possible.
Or maybe, you and your spouse have already decided that divorce is the only option. You feel unable to remain married, but you are also committed to proceeding with the divorce as amicably as possible, regardless of whether there are children involved.
Or perhaps, your marriage has already ended. When you signed the divorce papers, you thought you wouldn’t have to deal with the same relationship problems anymore. But now you realize you still need to work on your relationship for the good of your children.
Many Couples Face Divorce
The American Psychological Association reports that 40-50% of couples in first marriages get divorced. One of the most common reasons for divorce is infidelity. Other couples simply feel incompatible or that they have fallen out of love with each other. Chronic conflict over finances, parenting, and intimacy is another common reason.
The dissolution of a marriage is one of life’s most difficult circumstances. Couples going through divorce experience intense fear, anger, loneliness, shame, and depression. They often find themselves facing financial instability, work transitions, and an unknown future. Some couples experience the additional pain of watching their children go through the process with them. Often the divorce is drawn out over a long period of time, and at the end, each partner is left to grieve all that has been lost.
Divorce Counseling Can Help At All Points in the Process
Divorce is devastating for everyone involved, and couples often need the support of divorce counseling as they make decisions and manage emotional and relational consequences. Therapy for divorce can be modified to meet the various needs of different couples. The Prescott Relationship Center offers the following types of counseling for divorce.
- Marriage Counseling – Many couples want to avoid divorce. We offer counseling to help couples repair their relationship so they can stay together.
- Separation Counseling – Some couples choose to try a trial separation before making decisions about divorce. This gives each spouse a chance to separately work on their issues with the intention of coming back together to repair the relationship.
- Pre-divorce Counseling – Some couples who come for divorce counseling have already decided they want to get divorced. Many times, these couples desire to work out an amicable divorce or no fault divorce.
- Post-divorce Counseling – Following divorce, we help couples work through conflict to develop a healthy co-parenting relationship when children are involved.
Depending on your needs, we may also engage in family divorce counseling, divorce counseling for children who are involved, or grief counseling.
We Offer Evidence-Based Divorce Counseling Practices
All of our divorce counseling options are grounded in evidence-based counseling practices. Evidence-based counseling practices refer to means of counseling that have been proven effective by research.
The particular form of treatment we use is called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Emotionally Focused Therapy tends to yield fast results.
If you are separated or deciding whether or not to get divorced, EFT can help you rebuild a satisfying and trusting relationship. Often, divorce can be avoided. Many couples who dedicate time to working on their relationship find that they can improve their relationship to the point that divorce is no longer wanted. One of the strengths of EFT is that it leads to lasting results. As you work to emotionally connect with one another and understand each other better in sessions, you will be re-building a relationship that can last for years to come.
Emotionally Focused Therapy can also be used to help couples work through conflict as they are getting divorced or to develop a healthy co-parenting relationship after divorce. Divorce is extremely difficult on children, and parental conflict adds to this difficulty. Emotionally Focused Therapy can help you consider how to relate to one another outside of the marriage relationship for the good of your children.
Counseling is Always an Option
No matter your circumstances, counseling is always an option. Many couples are in unique and complicated situations and aren’t sure if they qualify for divorce counseling. But, divorce counseling can be modified to meet the needs of couples in a wide variety of situations.
Counseling could save your relationship. Many distressed couples think divorce is the only option for a happier life, but this is often a false belief. Two-thirds of couples who stay in unhappy marriages report feeling happy in their marriage five years later. Often, couples counseling is a big part of what brings these marriages back on track.
Counseling could save your sanity. Couples who have already decided to move forward with the process of divorce have a lot of control over how difficult the process will be. Divorce counseling can help couples approach the divorce in a manner that smooths the process for everyone involved.
Contact Us Today
We are dedicated to helping couples work through the difficult process of divorce. If you think we would be a good fit for your needs, please do not hesitate to call us today at 928-420-8300. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our approach to relationship counseling and how we might help you and your spouse.
If you are considering divorce due to infidelity within the marriage, you may consider our affair counseling as another option.
If you have any fears or concerns about marriage or couples counseling, we encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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