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"He Said, She Said" Divorce Blog
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I did not see the divorce coming: How do I deal with the shock, sadness and pain of this betrayal?
Posted on May 26th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi, I'm Nicole Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor. In my career, as I've mentioned before, I speak with a lot of people who have dealt with or are dealing with divorce. Whether we chose it, or someone has chosen it in our lives, it affects most people in our generation.  

 The question for today is: My significant other just told me they wanted a divorce. I did not see this coming. how do I handle the shock, sadness and pain of this betrayal?Read the full story and leave comments. »


How do I tell my significant other I want a divorce
Posted on May 3rd by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi! I'm Nicole Myers Licensed Professional Counselor and were going to talk today about the subject of divorce.  In my career, I speak to many people who have been affected by a divorce.  In fact, most people I talk to have been affected by divorce; one way or another.  We all know someone whose parents have been divorced, whose children are divorced or maybe we ourselves have been divorced. 

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How do I get over depression and guilt after a divorce?
Posted on April 7th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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It would be unusual to not experience some level of depression and guilt when going through a divorce considering all the financial, emotional, physical, and cognitive resources you and your soon to be ex have put into the relationship that is ending. Think of the ending of the relationship as inflicting an emotional wound, like a scab on your knee but an emotional scab, in order to improve your life for better. With time and effort, the emotional wound will, more likely than not, scab up and…

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How do I introduce my children to a new romantic partner after a divorce?
Posted on April 6th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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Please remember that the children do not dictate when parent's divorce, or not, which may results in them feeling helpless during this process. Forcing any relationship on your children may unleash resentment and may provide your children with the ammunition to get even with you for perceived injustice they have endured. It would be understandable that your children may be scared that they are going to be forgotten or replaced by your new partner and possibly their…

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What is the Best Way to Communicate with my Significant Other During a Divorce?
Posted on April 1st by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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Communicating with a soon-to-be ex can be incredibly complicated and the difficulty level is generally related to the amount of conflict between you and your ex. The primary difficulty I see when working with individuals who are going through a divorce is one partner may be passively or openly attacking their soon-to-be ex because they feel they have been wronged. This generally results in the other each person attacking their soon to be ex over and over again. The…

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How long should I wait before I begin to date after me and my partner split up?
Posted on March 30th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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A healthy relationship with your next romantic partner generally occurs when you are comfortable with yourself, first. I am not aware of any specific time limit that is applicable to all humans after the ending of a romantic relationship to begin of another romantic relationship. Dating someone to avoid your feelings about your ex generally results in even more emotional and other problems throughout your life. When you are able to think about your ex and not be overwhelmed by your emotions…

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How do my partner and I tell our children about the divorce?
Posted on March 7th by By Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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When you decide to divorce, it is a very emotional and difficult time for you. Unfortunately, it is just as emotional and difficult for your children: they did not make this decision and must deal with multiple upcoming changes in their lives from divorce. You love your children and want the best for them, especially in difficult times. Very likely your children know people and have friends whose parents are divorced; they have ideas about what divorce means. This…

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What Could I Have Done to Save my Marriage?
Posted on March 2nd by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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Most likely, there is nothing you could have done to save your marriage if your partner wants a divorce beyond the obvious such as not physically, emotionally, financially, or sexually abusing your significant other. Unfortunately, there are as many reasons people divorce as there are stars in the sky (That was a sappy statement!). A healthy relationship consists of two individuals with hopefully the goal of developing and maintaining a relationship so both…

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What is the best way to communicate with my significant other during a divorce?
Posted on February 7th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Going through a divorce likely means you really don't want to interact with your ex-spouse at all. Avoiding communication may feel like a positive choice as it may allow you to put off possible confrontations. However, there will inevitably be things to discuss with your ex-spouse such as your children's schedule, financial separation and even who gets the dog to name a few. Putting off these discussions won't make them go away; the need to figure these things out…

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How do I handle my children showing disrespect to a new significant other: "You're not my parent I don't have to listen to you" attitude?
Posted on January 21st by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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If you decide you have emotionally healed enough to develop a relationship with a significant other, good for you, but it is complicated. It should be noted that the children did not decide to be in a relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend. They did not, nor should they, decide that their parents were going to divorce. They may resent that you are attempting to replace their mother or father with somebody they don't even know. I have worked with thousands of children who resent their…

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