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700 people sought divorce counseling help in Maryland in the last year

Discover how starting divorce counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Divorce counseling

What is Divorce counseling?

Thriveworks divorce counseling in Baltimore, MD can help couples understand if they want to divorce or help them move forward post-divorce. Either way, it helps them navigate conflicts and/or tough conversations that pertain to their relationship and individual selves.

How does Divorce counseling work?

Divorce counseling at Thriveworks is tailored to each couple and the individuals that make up that couple. It works by offering…

  • Tools to work through conflicts and better manage negative feelings
  • Guidance in making the right decision if you're still in the process of considering divorce
  • Help with different stages of the divorce and separation process
  • A better understanding of what went wrong in the relationship
  • A third party perpsective that ensures both parties are heard

Is Divorce counseling conducted in person or online?

Divorce counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Divorce counseling last?

The amount of divorce counseling sessions will vary from one person to the next, depending on their specific needs. However, it typically lasts for several weeks or months.

Need more help deciding?

When a couple walks down the aisle after pledging their love, they are only imagining a future together. They may know that every marriage has rough patches, but the thought of someday walking out of divorce court is not in the picture. But many people’s dreams turn to nightmares, and many marriages end in divorce.

“And I’ll sign on
The line beneath my name
The road is gone
I can’t go back the way we came.”
—The Avett Brothers, “Divorce Separation Blues”

Divorce marks the end of the road for a marriage, but it also marks the beginning of new realities—some good and some difficult. If you are in the middle of a divorce or have been through one, you understand. There are the legal proceedings, the custody battles, the financial decisions, and the housing situation. On top of it all, many people experience loneliness, anger, confusion, guilt, anxiety, fear, and depression as their marriages come to an end.

New beginnings can grow from these difficulties, but often people need an intentional time of healing and recovery. When people process the pain of a divorce, they are often in a better position to rebuild a happy, fulfilling life, and no one has to recover from a divorce by themselves. Many people turn to therapists for guidance and support.

The divorce counselors at Thriveworks Baltimore work with many clients who are recovering from a divorce. We love helping them navigate new challenges and rediscover a happy life.

Difficult Marriages and Relationship Issues

An infinite number of situations and circumstances can end a marriage, but these are almost always undergirded by four toxic attitudes that fuel separation and distance among a couple. Psychologist John Gottman’s famous study on marriage and divorce pinpointed these “four horsemen” that may predict whether a couple will divorce. When a couple divorces, one or more of the following is almost always a part of their marriage…

  • Criticism: Negative, dissenting, pessimistic interactions exact a cost. When they outweigh kind and loving interactions, then that cost may be the marriage.
  • Defensiveness: Responding with superiority, not listening, and general defensiveness kills connection and may kill the marriage relationship.
  • Stonewalling: When problems are avoided, denied, and/or minimized, then they grow. Issues that could be resolved may grow to overwhelm a couple if they are stonewalled.
  • Contempt: This may be the most toxic behavior—disrespect. How can connection and love grow when one partner is disrespectful toward the other?

Most likely, one or more of these toxic behaviors was present in your marriage, and people who have experienced these may need an intentional time of healing.

Divorce Recovery and Healing

The path from ending a marriage toward rebuilding a new life is unique for every person, and many circumstances determine the route that path may take. For example,

  • If one saw the divorce coming.
  • How many years the couple had been married.
  • The particular circumstances that led to the decision to divorce.
  • The financial situation within the marriage.
  • One’s mental/physical health, age, and/or personality.
  • Whether children are involved, how many, and their ages.
  • If new relationships have been established.

Each person has unique needs, and a skilled counselor can tailor a treatment plan, but those unique treatment plans will almost always involve grieving and processing.

1) Counseling for Grief:

After a divorce, the marriage ends and needs to be grieved, but that loss may be the tip of the iceberg. If a couple has children, their relationship with their children will change as they transition to a joint-custody or single-parenting situation. Often, people must leave their home and establish a new one after a divorce, and in the process, their standard of living may decrease. Relationships with extended family, in-laws, and friends may shift as well.
These losses need to be grieved, and many varying emotions may arise during the grief cycle. People may bounce between sadness, shock, guilt, denial, bargaining, fear, and anger. The key is allowing these feelings to emerge and to be curious about them. Many people find a counselor’s guidance invaluable in processing their grief.

2) Processing the Past:

As grief rises and is processed, difficult memories and experiences may arise as well. Just as it is important to allow feelings to emerge, it is important to let the past emerge. Looking back is difficult and may be the most painful part of divorce recovery, but doing so gives people the opportunity to learn and grow. When people are honest about what went wrong in their past, they can adjust and break old patterns.

Schedule a Divorce Counseling Session at Thriveworks Baltimore

Are you ready to grieve the losses that came with your divorce? Are you ready to process the past and build a better future? Thriveworks Baltimore is ready to help.

Going through a divorce is difficult; we have done our best to make scheduling therapy easy. Our office accepts many forms of insurance. We hold evening and weekend sessions, and many new clients meet with their therapist within 24 hours of their call.

Are you ready to move forward after a divorce? Call Thriveworks Baltimore today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Baltimore therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Baltimore
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Baltimore reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Candace is a supportive, caring, insightful therapist who truly listens!
Baltimore Dec 2020
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★★★★★
In these tense and uncertain times, it’s really helpful to be able to talk to someone who I know shares similar experiences, can understand where I’m coming from, and can help me understand how to do the best I can to improve myself in my circumstances. Tia is a great listener with a gentle, calming demeanor. She knows how to laugh and how to really listen. She’s really helped me through some tough times and encouraged me throughout. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
Read more In these tense and uncertain times, it’s really helpful to be able to talk to someone who I know shares similar experiences, can understand where I’m coming from, and can help me understand how to do the best I can to improve myself in my circumstances. Tia is a great listener with a gentle, calming demeanor. She knows how to laugh and how to really listen. She’s really helped me through some tough times and encouraged me throughout. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
Baltimore Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Had a great experience. Would come back again.
Baltimore Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Sharlene Sylvester is a supportive therapist that is passionate about mental health. She is professional, ensures patient confidentiality, and complies with HIPPA laws. She provides a safe place to process emotions and not feel judged.
Read more Sharlene Sylvester is a supportive therapist that is passionate about mental health. She is professional, ensures patient confidentiality, and complies with HIPPA laws. She provides a safe place to process emotions and not feel judged.
Baltimore Aug 2020
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★★★★★
I recommend Sharlene Sylvester for your therapy needs. After searching for just the right fit, Sharlene checked all the boxes including making me feel heard and comfortable.
Read more I recommend Sharlene Sylvester for your therapy needs. After searching for just the right fit, Sharlene checked all the boxes including making me feel heard and comfortable.
Baltimore Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Sharlene Sylvester is a great therapist. I recommend her highly. She is supportive and knowledgeable. Book your appointment now!
Read more Sharlene Sylvester is a great therapist. I recommend her highly. She is supportive and knowledgeable. Book your appointment now!
Baltimore Jul 2020
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★★★★★
As first-generation immigrants we have a touch time raising kids in US. Being caught between two different cultures, our teenager daughter intuitively rejects parents' culture and is often unrespectful toward parents and her sibling. But we as parents have no relatives in US for counseling. Talking to Sandra has been very helpful as she instructed us how to communicate with our confused teenager, how to guide her through the difficult time. Thank you, Sandy!
Read more As first-generation immigrants we have a touch time raising kids in US. Being caught between two different cultures, our teenager daughter intuitively rejects parents' culture and is often unrespectful toward parents and her sibling. But we as parents have no relatives in US for counseling. Talking to Sandra has been very helpful as she instructed us how to communicate with our confused teenager, how to guide her through the difficult time. Thank you, Sandy!
Baltimore Jul 2020
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★★★★★
I highly recommend Sharlene, she is compassionate and thorough. I'm confident that you won't regret meeting with her.
Read more I highly recommend Sharlene, she is compassionate and thorough. I'm confident that you won't regret meeting with her.
Baltimore Jul 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks in Baltimore, MD is located off of Hamill Rd, between the Baltimore Country Club and Jones Falls Expy. We share a building with Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland and Fresenius Kidney Care Cross Keys, among other businesses. The closest bus stop is Falls Rd & Hamill Rd SB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(410) 724-1848

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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