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Psychotherapy for Children of Divorced Parents on Long Island

by May 18, 2024Child Psychology

No one wants a divorce. But it does happen, and when it does, one of the things that we worry about most is how our kids might respond. Children are resilient, and yet part of that resilience can come from the parents, and so it is possible for divorce to have a profound effect on children – one that leads to emotional distress, and can manifest as behavioral issues, academic struggles, and difficulties in social relationships.

In these situations, psychotherapy can play a valuable role in helping children navigate the complex emotions and adjustments required during and after their parents’ divorce. At Long Island Psychology, our therapists are available to help work with children struggling with the effects of divorce. We have both in person and remote therapy services, located in Roslyn, Rockville Centre, and Garden City. Contact us today to learn more.

What is the Impact of Divorce on Children

It’s impossible to know how a child will react to divorce. But it’s easy to envision why it might be a challenge. Divorce can disrupt the foundational sense of security and stability that children depend on for their development. The lead up to the divorce – arguing, poor communication, etc., – can also be potentially traumatic. After a divorce, children also have to adapt to the change, and change itself can be stressful for anyone.

Children that are going through these experiences may find that they struggle with:

  • Emotional Distress – Feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, and anxiety are common.
  • Sense of Loss – Children might grieve the loss of the family unit and the accompanying changes in their daily lives.
  • Behavioral Changes – These might include regression in younger children, aggression, or withdrawal.
  • Academic Challenges – Emotional turmoil can affect concentration and interest in school.
  • Adjustment Difficulties – Adapting to new routines and possibly new environments can be stressful.

Every child may respond to divorce differently. Even if your child appears to be coping, therapy can help your child learn coping skills for the road head.

How Can We Support Children During This Transition?

Since every child is different, so too are the treatments and approaches that we would use to treat it. Effective psychotherapeutic approaches tailored to children of divorced parents typically involve:

  • Individual Therapy – Through individual child therapy, we focus on providing a safe and neutral space for the child to express feelings and thoughts about the divorce. Our therapists may use age-appropriate methods such as play therapy or art therapy to help younger children communicate their emotions.
  • Family Therapy – Family therapy involves working with the child and their family members to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and discuss the family’s changing dynamics. This approach helps reinforce that parental love will continue despite the divorce.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT helps children develop coping strategies to manage negative thoughts and feelings effectively. CBT can teach children to challenge destructive thought patterns and replace them with more positive, realistic thoughts.

Although it may not directly impact the child, it may also be a good idea to consider couples counseling. Even divorced, couples need to learn healthy communication, coparenting techniques, and more to help them with the road forward, and to make sure the child is not being caught in the arguments.

Why Choose Long Island Psychology?

At Long Island Psychology, our approach and believe in personalization means that we treat you and your child like the individuals you are. We analyze every situation uniquely, and then try to create a comforting, warm environment that will help your child feel comfortable during these challenging times.

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Psychotherapy for children of divorced parents is a useful way to help them process their feelings, adjust to new family dynamics, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Through various therapeutic techniques, our psychotherapists can provide the support and guidance needed to help these children emerge resilient and emotionally healthy from their parents’ divorce.

Effective therapy not only addresses immediate emotional challenges but also lays the groundwork for long-term mental health and well-being. For more information, or to get started, contact Long Island Psychology today.

Contact Long Island Psychology Today to Get Started

Long Island Psychology specializes in providing mental health treatments to adults of all ages that need help overcoming their mental health struggles. We are able to work with patients that are experiencing pain and provide appropriate mental health solutions based on your symptoms and experiences. Contact us today to get started.

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