Sometimes, marriages do not succeed. The end of a marriage can be a relief to some people, but it can also be an extremely stressful event. Even the partner who chooses to leave may experience a wide range of emotions and intense feelings that may be painful or difficult, such as grief, guilt, anger, confusion, fear, shame and anxiety.
If children are involved, the stress level within a divorcing family is likely to be even higher. People sometimes seek counselling to help them decide whether to stay in a marriage or leave. Others may seek help from counselling to make the transition from being married to being single again. Both these goals can be addressed in individual or couples counselling.
When a marriage ends, it can often be emotionally traumatic for both partners. In order to cope with the process of uncoupling, which can be mentally, physically, and financially demanding, a couple who is divorcing may choose to begin counselling. Divorce therapy is usually done on an individual basis
People who use counselling to help themselves cope with a divorce may often benefit by learning more about themselves and come to see this life transition as an opportunity for growth and personal development.