The holidays can be stressful at the best of times. If you’re going through a divorce, they can be even more difficult. Whether you and your ex-partner are trying to make things easier for your children or you just want to get through your first season single, working with a therapist throughout the holidays may be beneficial. In this blog, we’re going to cover three of the top reasons people consider divorce therapy during the holiday season, but whatever reason you feel the need for a little extra support this time of the year, the Center for CBT in New York City is here to be part of your support system.
Create a Plan for Navigating Time with Family & Friends at the Holidays
One of the most difficult things about divorce is how it impacts relationships. It may be easy to avoid the change in these relationships for most of the year, but during the holidays, it’s difficult to miss out on time and holiday traditions with loved ones. Even the lack of certainty about who gets to spend time with which friends or family members can add additional and unnecessary stress to the holiday season. Creating a plan in advance to determine what to expect can alleviate anxieties for the divorcing couples as well as that of friends and loved ones.
Help Children Understand & Feel Comfortable with the Holiday Plan
Children can have an especially difficult time navigating their first holiday after their parents’ divorce. We are happy to offer therapy session for kids ten and up. We can also help parents of children at all ages to navigate difficult discussion about divorce and provide support. We also offer guidance as parents are planning how to share the holidays as a separated family after divorcing. If you and your ex are fighting over who gets to spend which days over the holidays with the kids or who keeps which holiday traditions, a therapist can provide you an objective third party opinion and neutral support as you work through these common issues.
Prepare Mentally & Emotionally for Navigating the Holidays as a Single Person
When you’ve been through years as part of a couple at the holidays, it can be a shock to return to celebrating the holidays solo. If you’re having a tough time deciding what to do and how to navigate this transition, therapy can help you feel prepared for navigating the season on your own. A therapist can work alongside you and your ex as you process any big emotions and confronting thoughts that arise throughout the holidays.
Interested in Scheduling a Divorce Therapy Session Before the Holiday Season?
Whether one of these three reasons seems familiar or you want someone to talk through your divorce or other life struggle, we hope you’ll reach out to the Center for CBT in New York City. We make it simple to get started working with us. Just take a few moments to complete our online scheduling request form. Once we hear from you, we’ll be in touch to answer your questions and finalize the details of your visit.