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Articles By Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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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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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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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How do my partner and I tell our children about the divorce?
Posted on October 5th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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I suspect that you are not going to surprise your children if you tell them you are getting a divorce. Children know that their parents are not happy because they witness their parents interact constantly. I have not worked with any children who were not able to identify that their parents were constantly arguing or angry at each other unless a child was nonverbal or had some sort of handicap. Children sense whether a relationship between two people is good or bad,…

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How do I know if divorce is the next step in my marriage? When should I give up?
Posted on October 1st by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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If you are in a relationship where you feel the relationship is slowly sucking the life out of you, you are not happy/miserable, you do not look forward to or even dred spending time with your partner or you find yourself thinking about divorce throughout most given days, you may want to consider divorce. It would also be appropriate to talk with one of our professional coaches about your thoughts and feelings. Talking with your partner may also clarify your feelings…

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