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6-Week Divorce and Separation Group for Children

Hope and Healing: 6-Week Divorce and Separation Group for Children

Is your child displaying signs of distress, anxiety, sadness, or anger as a result of you and your spouse’s divorce?

Are they struggling to stay on top of their schoolwork and keep their academic performance up?

Have they been having outbursts and other behavioral problems that are difficult to manage?

Pinellas County has a divorce rate of about 57%, meaning there are a lot of local children experiencing the many negative feelings associated with divorce. Seeing their parents go through a divorce, especially when they don’t fully understand what that means, is a scary and overwhelming situation to young children. While it is very common, that does not take away the confusion, sadness, and other emotions your child is likely feeling.

With this in mind, we will be running two groups to help children learn about and cope with divorce in a healthy way. This group is designed to counteract the many short and long-term impacts that divorce can have on children:

Short-Term Effects: Feeling stressed, anxious, confused, and sad, academic and behavioral difficulties

Long-term Effects: Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, lower level of educational attainment and academic success, poor parental and social relationships, alcohol or drug use as an adolescent/teen

 

How Hope and Healing Can Help Your Child

By interacting with other children who are going through similar situations, your child will see that they are not alone. They will have the opportunity gain a deeper understanding of what divorce is and isn’t and what life will look like moving forward. While individual therapy is a great option, and one that is often beneficial to do in combination with group therapy, group therapy can provide your child with additional benefits. These include gaining social and relationship-forming skills, feeling supported by peers, and learning how to appropriately listen and share in a group setting.

 

Group topics for children will include:

  1. Learning that divorce is a grown-up problem that cannot be caused by children.
  2. Understanding their feelings, decisions, and behaviours associated with divorce.
  3. Understanding what changes may occur during and after a divorce.
  4. Illustrating the positive changes that result from divorce and fostering hope for the future.
  5. Understanding that divorce does not mean that they and their parents are no longer a family.
  6. Learning positive coping strategies that can help you through the divorce.

 

Divorce & Separation Children’s Group Counseling in St. Petersburg, FL

We will be running two groups: one for children grades 3rd-5th and another for children grades 6th-8th whose parents are going through or have gone through a divorce.

Upcoming Groups:

6th-8th Grade:

Date: E-mail travis@mcnultycw.com for details!

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: McNulty Counseling and Wellness

111 2nd Ave NE #1007, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701

Cost: $350 (non-refundable), seats limited

E-mail travis@mcnultycw.com.

3rd-5th Grade:

Date: E-mail travis@mcnultycw.com for details!

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: McNulty Counseling and Wellness

111 2nd Ave NE #1007, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701

Cost: $300 (non-refundable), seats limited

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Group Therapist

Lindsey Brooks is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist specializing in children’s issues and providing parenting support. She helps individuals and families improve their communication, build trust in their relationships, and enhance emotional wellbeing. With years of experience specializing in counseling for children and leading group therapy sessions, she is highly qualified to help your child process and cope with your divorce in a supportive environment. Call us today at 727-914-5113 to reserve your child’s place in the upcoming 6-week divorce and separation group.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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