When your marriage breaks up and you find yourself in uncharted emotional waters, where can you turn for help?
Family and friends can certainly provide a shoulder to lean on. Although their listening skills may be helpful to you, ultimately you'll probably want to get some advice from a professional counselor or therapist who specializes in separation and divorce; these professionals can help you ride out the tumultuous feelings you may have. Somewhere between these two options lies a third choice: a divorce support group.
A divorce support group can be any number of things. It can be a group of people getting together to share information. It can be a group led by a trained facilitator, or a group managed by members of the group itself. The bottom line is that a divorce support group is a forum for people who have "been there" to get together, share experiences, solve problems, and share resources. Participating in a divorce support group can help you regain your emotional center.
How do you find a divorce support group in your area? A word of mouth recommendation is always a good starting place. You can ask your doctor, spiritual counselor, or social worker for their recommendation. A Google search for groups in your area should provide some choices.
Figuring out which is the right group for your own personal needs is another challenge. Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing a divorce support group:
Your immediate needs may go beyond a divorce support group: you may need a counselor for yourself or for your children, or a chiropractor or message therapist to help ease the stress, or a financial consultant to help put you on the road to a brighter post-divorce future.Back To Top
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