Family consultants are professionals with training in clinical psychology, psychotherapy or relationship therapy, who work alongside lawyers to help families when relationships break down. Divorce and separation can be one of the hardest things you will have to deal with. If you have children, then supporting them through the process as well as coping yourself can be extremely difficult. Family consultants have the therapeutic skills to guide and support couples through this challenging time. It’s not about saving the relationship, it’s about managing the emotional impact of the separation.
A Creative Divorce family consultant can work with you to help you manage the changes that a breakdown in family life entails. They can assist you to help you comes to terms with the changes that separation brings, and to help you move forward through the collaborative law process with your lawyers and your former spouse or partner.
Children are directly affected by relationship breakdown and divorce. They will react in a range of ways depending on their age and maturity. In the turmoil of separation, it is often difficult for parents to take stock and to assess how best to help their children. A family consultant can help you better to understand your children’s perspective and can also help you build a cooperative future parenting relationship which will benefit the whole family.
Suzy Power is Creative Divorce’s family consultant.