As someone who is dealing with a divorce, one of the things you might consider doing is getting therapy during the divorce to help you work through your emotions and the way you’re being treated. It can be helpful to do this, but many people do worry that going to therapy may hurt them in court.
For example, if you’re a parent and go to therapy, could that influence your case for custody? It’s possible, which is why it’s usually a good idea to talk to your attorney before you decide to go to therapy. If you do go, it may also be wise not to discuss it openly, so there is a lower risk of your spouse trying to use it against you for one reason or another.
Therapy is helpful and supportive of people’s mental health during divorce
You should know that therapy is helpful to people going through divorce because it gives them a space to work through their feelings as they go through a major transition in their lives.
Studies have shown that people going through divorces usually have higher levels of negative emotions than people do when they’re not going through divorce. Unfortunately, those often continue long after the divorce and may have begun before it ever occurred.
Essentially, a divorce is psychologically toxic to the mind, and for some, this toxicity can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.
Individual therapy could be helpful during divorce, because it gives the person who is struggling more time to go through what they’re frustrated or upset about. If you are not comfortable talking to family or friends about your divorce, you may appreciate that a therapist is a third party and doesn’t need to “take a side.” They’ll be on your side while also helping you take a reasonable look at what you’re going through.
Overall, therapy isn’t a bad idea for most people going through divorces. However, if there is a risk that it could be used against you in court, you may want to wait until the divorce has been finalized. This is something to discuss as you work on your case with your attorney.