Should My Child Get Therapy After Divorce?
The quarantine has caused a lot of pressure on marriages. Many couples are calling it quits and filing for divorce due to all the unexpected stress. Things have been tough for celebrities as well.
Singer Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband in June. The former “American Idol” star recently revealed that her children, ages 4 and 6, have been seeing therapists and child psychologists to help them process their feelings due to the divorce.
If you have children and are going through a divorce, you may wonder if therapy would be beneficial for your kids. The truth is that not all kids need it, though. For some, it could actually make matters worse.
A divorce is going to be a huge change for everyone involved. Nobody is going to be totally happy about it. Your kids may have trouble expressing themselves, especially if they are younger. So how do you know if therapy could be beneficial for your child? Here are some clues to look for.
When to Seek Therapy for Your Child
There are several signs to look for to determine if therapy could be warranted. For example, if your child seems to have persistent feelings of sadness or irritability for several weeks, and does not seem to be feeling better, then therapy may be a good idea. This is also true if your child cannot seem to function well. Maybe their school life, social life and home life have all gone downhill since the divorce. You may feel angry or disappointed with your child because of how they are feeling. You may have gotten phone calls from teachers, coaches and other adults expressing concern about your child’s wellbeing. These are all signs that you should consider therapy for your child.
There are other symptoms to look for. Some kids develop problems with eating or sleeping. They may have separation anxiety or develop unrealistic fears. Some children lose interest in school, friends and hobbies. They may see an increase in agitation and a decrease in self-esteem. Some kids become aggressive or apathetic. Your child may gain or lose weight or experience headaches and fatigue for no apparent medical reason. Teens may experiment with alcohol or drugs or engage in risky behavior. Some may lie, steal or develop obsessions. If your child becomes preoccupied with death, this is a serious issue that requires immediate help.
Contact a Maryland Family Law Attorney Today
Divorces are difficult for all involved and sometimes children need a little help adjusting to a new life post-divorce. Therapy may be a good idea for many children, but in some cases, it can do more harm than good.
The Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you determine if therapy is right for your family. We will provide you with the resources you need to survive and thrive after a divorce. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987 or to schedule a consultation. We have two offices to serve you.