The Role of Psychologists and Counsellors In Divorce

My practice is based on the belief that separation is firstly an emotional crisis, with legal and financial consequences. I work closely with psychologists who are experienced in working with parents and children during and after separation, because nobody gets through separation without support.

The emotions and responses that people experience during separation are profound, and at the same time as trying to cope with those feelings, you are asked to make many major life decisions for yourself and your children. This is an impossible burden without support.

Support when you need it most

As part of my role as a Family Law Specialist and Collaborative Professional, I partner with psychologists and counsellors whom I trust to assist my clients to manage the maze of separation.

The Benefits of a Psychologist in the Divorce and Separation Process

The psychologists I work with are highly skilled and experienced in working with couples and families, about relationship difficulties and separation.

The role of the psychologist is to support you, to help you work through your complex feelings, and to help you move towards healing and settlement.

Helping you reach agreement in Collaborative Practice

I work in teams with psychologists and counsellors in collaborative negotiations about money and assets, and plans for your children.

In this role, the psychologist or counsellor offers a balanced voice without taking anyone’s side. They have in-depth knowledge of the emotional and psychological aspects of separation, and spend time helping you to communicate effectively and work towards your goals for your own and your families’ future healthy functioning.

The neutral psychologist in collaborative practice does this by:

  • helping you and your partner to identify and change old communication habits that can stand in the way of effective communication
  • supporting you around the negotiation table, to make sure that your voice is heard, and that the things that are personally important to you are openly discussed
  • managing conflict that can arise in negotiations
  • ensuring that communication and understanding between all the people in the room is clear

Working with a psychologist/family counsellor in this way positively changes the experience of reaching agreements, making the process much more time and cost effective.

Visit our highly skilled and trusted colleague Dr Tina Sinclair, to find out more about the role of a psychologist in collaborative practice.