Is it time to see a divorce therapist?
Even if ending your marriage is the correct decision for you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, divorce can take an extreme emotional toll on anyone. In fact, according to Psychology Today, the trauma of divorce can cause severe anxiety and depression. Interestingly, a negative emotional response may be more common in men than women.
Women also tend to seek therapy more often than men do. Still, regardless of your sex, if you are struggling to cope with the emotional fallout from your divorce, it may be time to see a divorce therapist.
Your emotional state
Even though it is exceedingly common to feel anxious or depressed when going through a divorce, you do not want your emotional state to get the better of you. Remember, depression and anxiety can make it difficult to make important decisions. If you are going through settlement negotiations, attending mediation or preparing for litigation, you need to be able to think clearly and act decisively.
Your future success
A divorce therapist can help you deal with the immediate effects of your divorce. Even more important, he or she can help you develop tools to have a successful post-divorce future. If you do not get help when you most need it, your anxiety and depression may continue to plague you long after your marriage ends.
Your shrinking budget
Paying for a divorce therapist may seem to be financially unwise, especially if money is tight during your divorce. If you worry about finances, your divorce attorney may be able to recommend low-cost counselors or support groups.
Ultimately, finding space in your budget for a divorce therapist may allow you to emerge from this stressful time in a better place than you have been in quite some time.