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Divorce Counseling

Divorce counseling is individual counseling with a focus on working through ambivalence and emotional distress accompanied with considering or going through a separation or divorce. Divorce counseling is different from marriage counseling. In divorce counseling, only one spouse is present and active in treatment; in marriage counseling, both spouses are present in treatment. With that said, the problems that come up in divorce counseling and marriage counseling may be similar. Everyone has different reasons as to why they choose to enter counseling independently (divorce counseling) or with their spouse (marriage counseling).

What you can expect to get out of divorce counseling sessions:

  1. The emotions and stress associated with the act of considering or going through a separation or divorce will be explained through neurobiological mechanisms and the cycle of grief and loss.
  2. Strategies for managing emotional distress will be provided. Strategies are personalized.
  3. Dr. Forshee will assist you in managing and accepting the opinions of others while remaining true to yourself in your decision-making process.
  4. Dr. Forshee will help you pinpoint and focus on what is truly meaningful in your life versus what may be distractions.
  5. Your role transition from spouse to the single-life may be a focus of treatment, as well as strategies for empowering and re-creating yourself and your life.
  6. Emotionally and cognitively processing the relationship will assist in healthy assessment of yourself, and how you may be able to employ new methods into your current or future relationships. The purpose is to break patterns that you have identified may not be working for you in getting what you want out of life and in your relationships.
  7. Who you are outside your role as a spouse, in your career and/or your roles as a parent may be another focus of treatment. Having a sense of competence in who we are rather than the roles we have taken on is suggested to create the basis of true happiness in ourselves and relationships.

Divorce counseling sessions are 60-minutes in length, and at a frequency and duration relevant to your situation. Dr. Forshee’s theoretical framework for divorce counseling rests on the foundations of Humanistic theory, integrating interventions from Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

Dr. Forshee does not provide advice or personal opinions on whether you should get a divorce. She also does not assist in determining whether your spouse may be being unfaithful, if they are struggling with gender identity issues, or if they have serious mental illness. Dr. Forshee is unable to speak to the behavior of others who are not her clients, and will not attempt to interpret the behavior or motives of others.

Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce is a the process couples who have come to the conclusion to separate or end their divorce peacefully with the use of attorneys and other divorce professionals in hopes of achieving a mutually agreed upon settlement instead of leaving the result in the hands of the court. Dr. Forshee has had years of experience navigating these waters and helping couples through these difficult situations. Her process, while very effective, is centered around sensitivity and compassion towards the couples and families involved.
Learn more about her collaborative divorce services.