Divorce is one of the most stressful events you can go through. Whether you initiated or not, divorce is a very emotionally taxing process that could lead to anxiety or depression. Left unchecked, these negative emotions may even lead to further negative behavior such as drinking to excess, promiscuity, use of illegal drugs or even abuse of legal drugs.
Women deal with issues such as divorce in a much different way than most men. Women tend to confide in friends to talk through their feelings. Women are also much more likely to seek the help of a therapist to work through their emotions and resolve their trauma. Men tend to keep things in bottled up. Men are less likely to confide in friends and family and even less likely to seek professional help to work through their emotions. Some men have an outdated idea that “real men” do not talk about their feelings.
This cannot be any further from the truth. As a matter of fact, men, just as women, need to find a healthy and proper outlet for their emotions before the repressed emotions lead to deeper troubles.
Group sessions are a great outlet for men. Within a group, each man serves a dual role. Not only is everyone there to work through their own issues, they are also there to support each other as each person in the group is going through the same thing. Everyone in the group gets to participate as much or as little as they need to. As the discussion progresses through the session, everyone gets to discuss their specific situation, soon realizing that they are not alone. A camaraderie is developed within the group with men supporting each other, sharing how they have dealt with a specific situation and learning how others have dealt with them.
Through the group, you will learn to better cope with your separation and divorce process through education, learning from others, and learning different stress reduction techniques.
Group sessions will start in November 14th at 6:30pm. Sessions will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and will never be more than 10 people at one time.
Learn more about the Men’s Adjustment to Divorce and Separation group here.