Since our family can be such an important part of our life, it can be difficult to cope when major conflicts arise and the family is separated. This can involve the separation between parents, between a child and a parent, or between other members of the family that you share a close bond with. This can be extremely stressful to cope with, as not only does it take a toll on your emotions, but it can also bring up difficulties with living arrangements, child custody and external relationships.
During family separation, challenges are often faced when attempting to make joint decisions and come to an agreement with the other party involved – and this can be heightened by broken communication within a relationship. It is normal to experience concerns, stress and sadness during this period, but if this has become so intense and so ongoing that it affects your functioning in other aspects of life – it may be beneficial to seek help from a psychologist.
Psychologists can help in the form of individual therapy or family therapy – in order to diffuse any intense emotions and allow better communication and decision-making to take place. This can ease the stress of the separation and make it a civil and manageable experience for both parties.
Some specific areas that a psychologist can provide support for include: