The intensity of the emotional impact of divorce on children varies depending on many factors, including how much parental conflict the child was exposed to, how traumatic the divorce procedure was, how many details were shared with the child during the divorce, and how different their living situation is now from before the divorce.
Every child processes this change in a different way. Some children are externalizers, meaning they will act out their emotions of the divorce through actions such as hitting other kids, yelling, throwing tantrums, etc. Others are internalizers. They will bottle their emotions in, be more moody, want to be alone more, not connect with others or participate in activities they used to enjoy or not show any outward emotional reaction at all.
Does my child need therapy after our divorce?
If you are questioning whether your child needs help processing their emotions and help with the transition from divorce, let us talk with you and get to know your specific situation and help you understand your child’s needs during this time.
What type of therapy do you do with children of divorce?
At MCFT, we provide a variety of different services and will create individualized treatment plans based on the needs of your child and family. Some children transitioning from divorce just need a safe place to process all their emotions and feel heard and understood. Others might need more intensive behavioral therapy or anger management. Other families need more help with parent- child interaction patterns which might be intensified as the parent navigates the issues of co-parenting. Still, others might need therapy to work through anxiety or depression that might be affecting them after the divorce. Whatever your child’s needs might be, we can help.
Call us or request an appointment today and let us help you through this transition.
*** MCFT does not provide child custody evaluations and our therapists are not qualified to be expert witnesses. If you are looking for a therapist to testify in court for you, click here for a list of Houston Area Child Custody Evaluators. ***
This is an online, at your own pace, coparenting course that is split into 2 parts: Adult and Child. The children’s section will cover many practical topics of coparenting such as: mistakes made in involving children, child support, creating a dual home environment, coparenting vocabulary, etc. We at MCFT highly recommend all divorced parents take this course.
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