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Should you see a divorce therapist?

Even if ending your marriage is the correct decision, you are apt to experience complicated emotions regarding your upcoming divorce. According to Psychology Today, these are likely to include resentment, anger, sadness or even a fear of the unknown. While these emotions are exceedingly common, you should have a strategy for dealing with them.

Everyone is different, of course, so you may be able to keep your emotions in check by meditating, exercising, practicing yoga or doing something else. Still, if you find your divorce reaction is distracting you or causing you harm, it may be appropriate to see a divorce therapist.

What do divorce therapists do?

The role of a divorce therapist is not usually to help you fix your broken marriage. Rather, the therapist is likely to use tried-and-true techniques to assist you with managing your emotions. He or she also may help you to understand why you are feeling a certain way, doing certain things or avoiding certain individuals.

How do you find a divorce therapist?

The American Psychological Association maintains a registry of therapists. If you are looking for a divorce therapist, the registry is a good place to start. Your divorce attorney also may have some recommendations. The same is true for family members and friends who have gone through a divorce recently.

How much do divorce therapists cost?

If you are in the middle of a divorce, you may feel like money is in short supply. Fortunately, it is probably possible to find a qualified divorce therapist who fits into your budget. Depending on the health insurance you have, your plan even may cover most or all of the costs of your therapy.

Ultimately, even if you have to cut back to afford a divorce therapist, it is nearly impossible to put a dollar amount on your mental health.

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