Overcoming the Trauma of Divorce

Whether a divorce is amicable or full of hostility, children are always affected. The safety of your child’s home has been compromised. All they knew has been blown apart leaving shrapnel of trauma in their tiny mind now full of questions and doubt. Through the use of play therapy for trauma, a child therapist can help your child recover from this broken situation.

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How Divorce Affects Your Child

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say, “Kids are resilient. They’ll be fine.” Although it is true that kids do have an innate ability to adapt better than adults, it does not mean they are immune to the effects of trauma. A child may have difficulty expressing their emotions. In these cases, it is important to recognize behaviors that could indicate symptoms of the trauma they have experienced. The list below outlines only a few signs and symptoms that could indicate that it’s time for you to meet with a child therapist.

  • Changes in sleep patterns.
  • A good student who is now receiving failing grades.
  • Increased anger and/or fighting.
  • Flashbacks or nightmares of parents fighting.
  • Hesitancy to enter the house because they relive abuse they have seen or hurtful words their mom and dad yelled at each other.
  • Blaming themselves for the divorce.
  • Experimenting with substances or substance abuse.

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is not uncommon, especially when a child heard fighting or saw abuse. Play therapy for trauma is a proven effective method to help children heal from the devastating effects they are experiencing.

Play Therapy at Garrett

Children struggle the most within the first two years of divorce. We have skilled child therapists ready to help through play therapy and other methods. We do all we can to ensure a path to healing at Garrett while working through their feelings and emotions. Don’t delay in getting your child the help they deserve! Contact us here for your online or in-person appointment, or call (256) 239-5662 today!


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