In the day and age of a pandemic, most of us are feeling overwhelmed, scared, anxious, and stressed. Trying to balance everything from work, school, parenting, and our relationships becomes tedious.
As an LMFT, I have been seeing more and more couples. Our work has really narrowed in on communication skills and intimacy building. Unfortunately, I have also been seeing the other side of the coin as well. I have had numerous requests from couples to “save their relationship.”
Being in close quarters with our partners and being put under such high stress not only can show the cracks in our relationships, it also shows us if the cracks are repairable.
Sometimes, the foundation is too cracked from the beginning and the usual distractions of everyday life are no longer serving as the bandaid for the wounds created.
When I first launched my practice, I discovered a need for individuals going through a divorce to feel connection with others. I created Dealing With Divorce, a 10-week program that helps clients process their emotions with others who are also going through this process. The 3 times I have run this group, we have had clients join us from various stages of the divorce process: some were separated, some were newly divorced, some have been divorced for some time but are trying to manage on-going challenges like co-parenting.
While I know the process of divorce is so challenging and really heartbreaking, the feedback we have received from the surveys of the groups have been positive. Many clients felt that finding connection, hearing other people’s stories, and gaining some tools to cope were the top reasons why they would recommend the group.
While the pandemic poses some challenges in terms of group therapy, I have decided to launch our Dealing with Divorce group this fall.
We have a secure HIPPA compliant virtual group therapy “room” where the moderator will be able to host a handful of clients. Yes, it will be different. No, it is not our preference, but for now I think it is not only manageable, but it is needed.
We still have a few spots left for our *second* group, so please reach out via our contact button and I can share more information.
As always, stay safe, stay calm, stay positive.