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Divorce and Separation in Family Therapy

Divorce and Separation

Divorce and separation can have profound effects on family dynamics. Family therapy provides a structured environment where family members can express their emotions and concerns. This process aids in understanding the diverse perspectives of each member and addressing the changes that come with the end of a marital relationship.

Role of Family Therapy

Family therapy plays a pivotal role in facilitating communication and creating a supportive environment. It helps in identifying and addressing underlying issues that may contribute to conflicts. Through guided sessions, family members can work towards rebuilding their relationships and finding a new equilibrium.

Benefits for Families

Family therapy offers several benefits for families experiencing divorce or separation:

  1. Enhanced communication: Therapy sessions provide a safe space for open and honest dialogue.
  2. Conflict resolution: The therapist helps in identifying and addressing sources of conflict productively.
  3. Emotional support: Therapy offers a space for family members to express their feelings and receive support.
  4. Strengthening bonds: Working through issues together can strengthen family relationships.

How It Works

Family therapy sessions typically involve the entire family, although individual sessions may also be conducted. The therapist facilitates discussions, helping family members to articulate their thoughts and emotions. The aim is to improve understanding and cooperation among family members, allowing them to work through the changes in their family structure more smoothly.


What is the primary goal of family therapy during divorce and separation?
The primary goal is to improve communication and understanding among family members, helping them to adapt to the new family dynamics.
How long does family therapy usually take?
The duration of family therapy varies depending on the specific needs and issues of the family. It can range from a few sessions to several months.
Can children participate in family therapy?
Yes, children can participate in family therapy. Their involvement is important as they are also affected by the changes in the family structure.


  1. BACP: Family Therapy
  2. NHS: Family Therapy
  3. Relate: Help with Separation and Divorce
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision