Seeking Divorce Counseling After a Later Life Divorce

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

Whether you are ending your marriage because of infidelity or because you and your spouse have grown apart, going to a divorce counselor can be an integral part of the healing process. A divorce counselor is an unbiased party who can offer objective advice on your concerns and help you manage your emotions during this difficult time.

A divorce counselor may be used by both you and your spouse while going through the Virginia divorce process. A counselor can help you learn skills to effectively communicate with your spouse, and assist you in coming to terms with the end of your marriage.

If you are experiencing fear and anxiety associated with your later life divorce-say, for instance, you are concerned about your financial well-being-counseling may be able to teach you some strategies to address your stress.

Types of Counselors and Therapists

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, which means that he or she can write prescriptions for medication. Of all of the divorce counseling professionals, psychiatrists charge the highest fees for their services.

A psychologist has a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in psychology. While psychologists may be trained in counseling, many choose to focus on research.

A Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) has a master’s degree in psychology or counseling. In order to become licensed, an L.P.C must complete a certification program that emphasizes counseling skills.

A Licensed Certified Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) has a master’s degree, and must complete a certification program that includes 2 years of supervised work in a clinical setting.

Going through a Virginia divorce later in life presents its own set of problems. To learn more about some of the unique challenges of a later life divorce in Virginia, visit our article library.

The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce. We are committed to fighting for your rights and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. You can learn more by requesting a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.