According to The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, getting a divorce is the second-most stressful event a person can endure. That means that divorce is more stressful than being fired from your job, losing a close family member, being detained in jail, and having a mortgage foreclosed. In fact, the act of ending your marriage through divorce is only second to the death of a spouse in terms of stressfulness. It only follows that a person going through a divorce would need help from others, both in the personal sense and the professional sense. Many people getting divorced find that in addition to a trustworthy family law attorney, a therapist is able to help them better navigate the divorce process.
Benefits to Hiring a Therapist or Other Mental Health Professional
Therapists offer many benefits for people going through life challenges such as a divorce. First, a therapist is a someone who will listen to their patients’ thoughts and opinions without judgement. A therapist is an objective sounding board who will listen intently without interrupting to insert their opinion. While friends and family members can also offer emotional support, they are not usually unbiased. Secondly, a therapist is bound to confidentiality unless he suspects that his client is going to hurt themselves or someone else. This means that you can say deeply personal things to a therapist without the fear of it being repeated or shared with others.
Therapists Allow You to Vent Frustrations in Safety
Another great benefit of seeing a therapist while you are getting divorced is that it gives a healthy outlet to the strong emotions you will inevitably feel. Those who do not have a safe place to vent their frustrations about the divorce can end up taking those feelings of anger or depression out on their friends and family members. Other times, those without a safe place to sort through their feelings end up being more hostile and less cooperative during divorce proceedings or negotiations. Acting out of emotion instead of working toward a mutually beneficial conclusion to their marriage only slows the divorce process down. This causes the emotional turmoil to last even longer than necessary.
Seek Legal Guidance
If you are getting divorced, you need an experienced family law attorney by your side. Contact a qualified Kane County family law attorney by calling 630-377-7770 for a free consultation at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. today.