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"He Said, She Said" Divorce Blog
with Dr. Stress and Therapist Nicole Myers

How and what do I tell my children that their parents have decided to get a divorce?
Posted on July 20th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi, I'm Nicole Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor. If you would like to know more about me or my colleagues, please check out our introductions available in video, audio or text.

Today's question is: How do I tell my children that their parents have decided to get a divorce and what do I tell them?

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First of all, let's address how to talk to our children about divorce. As we talk our children will need to know the when of the divorce, how it will affect them and how they are going to proceed going forward. So, when we talk to them about this, we want to present it in a calm setting, preferably with our soon-to-be ex-partner, such as around the dinner table or some other private setting…

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What are the signs that I or my child should see a counselor?
Posted on July 18th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi, I'm Nicole Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor. If you would like to know more about me or my colleagues, please check out our introductions available in video, audio or text.

The question I'm going to be discussing today is: What are signs that would indicate, or suggest, that I or my children should see a counselor before, during or after the divorce?

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This is an important question to ask yourself because If things continue to go "downhill" within your household, if you see increased behaviors that you did not want or if you see yourself being unable to handle emotions as well, things can get out of hand pretty quickly. If you want this to turn around as quickly as possible and in the…

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How do I know if counseling is beneficial for my children?
Posted on July 12th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi, I'm Nicole Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor. If you would like to know more about me or my colleagues, please check out our introductions available in video, audio or text.

Today I'm going to be discussing how to determine if counseling is beneficial for your children; especially when they won't or don't want to talk about the sessions with you.

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Some ways I think about this question include thinking about other things you may try as a parent. How do you know that your punishment was successful with your children? How do you know a reward that you gave your child was successful? The same thing can be brought to mind by looking at how counseling is being successful for your children.…

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How much should my children know about the divorce and where do I draw the line?
Posted on July 11th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi, I'm Nicole Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor. If you would like to know more about me or my colleagues, please check out our introductions available in video, audio or text.

Today's question is: How much information should our children know about the divorce and where should we as parents draw the line?

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This is a really good question to ask yourselves before you tell your children about the divorce so that you can be prepared for this. Your children may ask you things like, "Why," "What's wrong," and "What about us?" So be prepared to answer those questions, focusing on the children's needs. Things they don't need to learn about are the financial stressors that the two of you are…

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Dealing with the Shame and/or Stigma of Divorce
Posted on June 26th by Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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Hi, I'm Nicole Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor. If you would like to know more about me or my colleagues, please check out our introductions available in video, audio or text.

Today's question is: How do I deal with the shame and stigma of divorce?

This can be a very difficult question for many people. Particularly as, when you first got married, like most people, when you said, "I do" on your wedding day, your intentions were to spend the rest of your life with this person. Now you're facing marriage failure and failure in itself is very difficult for many people. We also have certain beliefs about marriage that are now not coming true as you are entering into a…

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Should we wait for our children to move out before we get divorced?
Posted on June 13th 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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Today's question is about staying together for the children.  It is: I know people who stay together for their children and they seem to be managing just fine.  Would it be a better choice to wait for our children to move out before we get divorced, especially if they are…

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