Importance of Child Therapy During Divorce
Children are not always open books; it is quite hard to read their emotions sometimes, and they don’t come with an instruction book. And when your family is in the midst of getting a divorce, children can get even harder to read and understand.
Children often do not show their emotional struggles the same way adults do. Because they show their feelings differently, key indicators of stress could be missed. Often times a child’s emotional struggles come out through anger, defiance or bullying.
This is why child therapy during a divorce is vital to helping children heal their emotions in a healthy manner, no matter their age.
Here are a few ways child therapy can help the entire family to stay intact long after the divorce agreement is finalized:
- Provide a neutral environment in which the child feels safe to share their thoughts and feelings
- Meet with the parents separately to gather information about the children
- Interview the parents using questionnaires to learn more about the child’s emotional and mental state – they are unable to diagnose mental health issues
- Visit the marital home to see how the child interacts in their home environment if needed
- Meet with teachers to gain insight on how the child is behaving in school
- Help parents develop a co-parenting plan that will put the child first over their needs
It’s important to put your children’s wellbeing first during a divorce. When you choose the collaborative divorce process or mediation, your family works with a team of professionals whose goal is to help the family come away from the divorce intact and emotionally stable.
At Peace Talks Mediation Services, our custody mediation and parenting plan mediation services assist divorced, divorcing, and never-married parents in working together to develop a child-centered custody plan and improve your ability to co-parent.
Contact us today to see how we can help you and your spouse navigate the divorce process in a peaceful manner.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial or mental health advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, or mental health professional to determine what will work best for your situation.