Tips for Successful Family Therapy with Adolescents and Divorced Parents
Divorce can be a complicated and stressful event in anybody’s life, especially for adolescents. When we go through a divorce, the split is often for the best, but sometimes that closure is hard for a child to grasp. Adolescents may see a family being torn apart, while parents may know that divorce is the healthiest option for the family. Family therapy with adolescent and divorced parents can help you salvage the bonds you share with your family and help your children understand this tricky transition.
How to Make the Most of Your Family Counseling During and After Divorce
The ways in which divorce can affect a family can’t always be simply explained to a child, but here are some tips on how to make the most of family counseling during and after divorce:
- Utilize the neutral space offered in therapy by speaking honestly about complex and sometimes uncomfortable feelings
- Listen openly to advice offered by your therapist and reflect on yourself and situation thoughtfully
- Put in the effort to work through any confusion, resentment, anger, guilt, and grief that might come with divorce
- Use the tips offered by your therapist to help develop communication skills and listening habits that will allow you and your family to maturely understand, process, and speak about your feelings with your family and others
- Welcome the opportunity to salvage relationships and strengthen familial bonds between parents and children, even when your family unit is changing. Splitting up doesn’t always mean families can’t coexist civilly or still feel like a family, but it will take work and honesty to work through this experience
Dr. Devers & Associates Can Help Your Family Get Through This
Divorce can be complicated and sometimes messy, but your family doesn’t have to break apart in the aftermath. Family counseling can help adolescents and divorced parents maintain the bonds you share. At Philly Family Life Counseling LLC, Dr. Gene Devers and Associates will listen and give your family the tools necessary to support each other through this difficult transition. You can still lead your happiest and healthiest lives together as a family. To learn more about family counseling or to set up an appointment, call us at 215-677-3810 or fill out our online form.
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