Divorce and Seperation

What is it

The end of a marriage or long term relationship is never easy for anyone involved.
Divorce or separation can cause considerable upheaval in the lives of those affected. However, personal differences mean that whilst some individuals experience a downward trajectory and never fully recover, others experience only temporary decrements in well-being. Conversely, divorce has been observed to actually benefit some individuals who go on to rebuild their lives in meaningful and satisfying ways post-divorce (Amato, 2000). 

What it includes

Divorce is the legal end of a marriage, whilst separation can refer to the separation of a married couple prior to divorce or reconciliation, or to the ending of a long term relationship. One study of outcomes following divorce reported that there was little evidence to indicate that adjustment to divorce was affected by loss of income, loss of mutual friends, or having to move house. However, adjustment to divorce was found to be positively associated with income, the formation of new relationships, remarriage, having a positive attitude toward marital dissolution prior to divorce, and being the initiator of the divorce. In addition, older individuals were found to experience more difficulty adjusting to divorce than did younger individuals (Wang & Amato, 2000).
A common concern regarding divorce or separation is the potential impact on children. Whilst some evidence indicates that children of divorced parents score lower on a range of psychological, emotional and developmental outcomes than children of intact families, the differences are relatively small (Amato & Keith, 1991). 

What we do

Divorce or separation inevitably present a range of emotional challenges. Psychological therapy can provide support during this difficult transition and strategies to manage the emotional roller coaster that many individuals experiencing divorce or separation may find themselves on. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for instance, can assist individuals to accept the end of their relationship and provide them with the support to move on.

Our Practitioners

Bernadette Sharry

"Associate Psychologist (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

Bernadette has appointments available at Nundah on Saturdays. To book an appointment please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 or book online now. A profile on Bernadette is coming soon. Please call KCPsy...

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Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

"Senior Clinical Psychologist"

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli, Clinical Psychologist B.Psych Sc (Hons 1), M.Clin Psych, PhD (Psychology). MAPS, MCCLIN, MPAIG, MPAWS Dr Bronwyn Massavelli is a registered Clinical Psychologist and provider wi...

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Jasmin Singh, Counselling Endorsed Psychologist

"NDIS Approved Provider, Developmental Assessment (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

Jasmin has completed six years of study at the University of Queensland to attain her registration as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice and in mobile service settings. She presented h...

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Dr Peter Gibbon