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6,189 people sought divorce counseling help in Virginia 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 Charlottesville, VA 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?

Splitting up was not the plan—at least not when bells were ringing and guests were dancing and toasts were shared. At the wedding, there is only a “happily ever after” to celebrate. But not all dreams come to fruition. Plans change, as anyone who has gone through a divorce knows well. There are many practical changes that a divorce brings with friends, family members, kids, legal decisions, financial struggles, and housing situations. There are also the emotional changes—the anger, guilt, anxiety, fear, depression, confusion, and grief.

Amy Poehler described her divorce in a way many people can understand: “Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.”

Like many people, your life might be spinning. Forty percent of first marriages end in divorce, and 60 percent of second marriages split. Divorce is the end of one relationship, but it is not the end of a fulfilling, joyful, connected life. Just as many people understand the pain of divorce, so many people know the value of recovering and rebuilding from the loss. To guide the healing process, many people pursue professional counseling.

Thriveworks Charlottesville provides therapy for divorce recovery because new plans and new beginnings are possible.

Why Do Couples Split?

In a famous study, psychologist John Gottman learned how to predict a couple’s divorce with startling accuracy. He identified four factors that are almost always at play in when a couple buries the hatchet:

  • Criticism: When couples attack each other instead of the problem, their relationship is in jeopardy.
  • Defensiveness: If one or both partners do not accept the consequences of their own choices and actions, the couple can become stuck.
  • Stonewalling: The actual problem is rarely what harms couples—denying, avoiding, or minimizing it brings the harm.
  • Contempt: Disrespect may be the lead cause of divorce.

If a couple divorces, more likely than not, one or all of these dynamics were at play in their marriage, creating a toxic relationship. People need to detox from difficult marriages, and divorce recovery is often the time people need to heal from their past and build a better future.

Divorce Recovery: Healing and Reflection

Divorce always comes with many losses, and therefore, divorce recovery often means grieving those losses. Of course, a marriage ends, but this is usually the tip of the iceberg. Many people lose their house along with their standard of living. Relationships shift—among friends and with in-laws. If children are involved, then a parent’s relationship with their children will change as they all transition to co-parenting or single parenting.

When people are grieving, they will feel many different emotions. It is normal to experience sadness, shock, bargaining, fear, denial, anger, guilt, and even more than one at the same time. People may fluctuate between different thoughts and feelings, and that is okay. A key to recovering is allowing these emotions to surface.

Many people wonder how long divorce recovery takes, and the answer is that each person and every situation is unique. Factors that can influence how a person heals after a divorce may include…

  • One’s physical health, personality, mental health, and age.
  • Whether the divorce surprised each partner.
  • How long ago the couple married.
  • The circumstances leading up to the divorce.
  • The status of a couple’s finances.
  • If the couple had children.
  • Whether new liaisons have formed.

Regardless of a person’s circumstances, divorce recovery is difficult. Everyone makes missteps along the way. It is normal to fall down and get back up again. It is also normal to need help. Many people lean heavily upon their friends and family during a divorce, and many also begin seeing a mental health professional.

Divorce Recovery Counseling at Thriveworks Charlottesville

Are you finalizing a divorce or have you recently finalized one? If so, you are not alone. Many people are navigating the losses and new realities of divorce. Support is available. The counselors at Thriveworks Charlottesville have worked with many people who are recovering from the loss of a marriage. They have helped many people grieve the losses they suffered, and many people come through the pain to establish a fulfilling future.

If you are ready to begin mental health counseling with a Thriveworks Charlottesville professional, appointments for divorce recovery are available. Most new clients meet with their therapist within 24 hours of their call. Weekend and evening appointments are offered, and we accept most insurance plans.

Divorce recovery can be a difficult road, but many people who walk it are so glad they did. No one has to walk alone. Call Thriveworks Charlottesville if you are ready for a mental health professional to join you on your journey of divorce recovery.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Charlottesville therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Charlottesville
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

4.6 Learn about verified reviews
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I have been seeing Sharon Davis for about 6 weeks now, and she is helping me greatly with my relationship with my husband. She is extremely knowledgeable and has given me some wonderful exercises for my anxiety. I just love working with Sharon, she really helps me to understand my emotions, and the need to love myself!
Read more I have been seeing Sharon Davis for about 6 weeks now, and she is helping me greatly with my relationship with my husband. She is extremely knowledgeable and has given me some wonderful exercises for my anxiety. I just love working with Sharon, she really helps me to understand my emotions, and the need to love myself!
Cynthia Jan 2024
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I have had the pleasure of working with Hiawatha as a colleague. His easy going manner and warmth as a clinician helps him to quickly connect with others. It is clear to me that Hiawatha cares a great deal for those he supports.
Read more I have had the pleasure of working with Hiawatha as a colleague. His easy going manner and warmth as a clinician helps him to quickly connect with others. It is clear to me that Hiawatha cares a great deal for those he supports.
Charlottesville Dec 2021
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★★★★★
Reaching out to Thriveworks was a great decision. The service is excellent and the representative matched me with the best counselor for my needs. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but I was pleasantly surprised when I met Anita Dean. She is very knowledgeable, professional, and genuinely cares about others. I have observed that she doesn't create cookie cutter plans. Instead, she creates a plan specific to the needs of her her clients. My husband and I lost our sweet family pet of over 15 1/2 years and it also caused the loss of a child to resurface. Anita, has handled my situation with care and assisted me as I walked through the grief process. I am so grateful.
Read more Reaching out to Thriveworks was a great decision. The service is excellent and the representative matched me with the best counselor for my needs. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but I was pleasantly surprised when I met Anita Dean. She is very knowledgeable, professional, and genuinely cares about others. I have observed that she doesn't create cookie cutter plans. Instead, she creates a plan specific to the needs of her her clients. My husband and I lost our sweet family pet of over 15 1/2 years and it also caused the loss of a child to resurface. Anita, has handled my situation with care and assisted me as I walked through the grief process. I am so grateful.
Charlottesville Jul 2019
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I have been involved in therapy for most of my adult life. I can say with all honesty and sincerity that my experience with Thriveworks has been the best so far and I am 55, now that's saying a lot!
Read more I have been involved in therapy for most of my adult life. I can say with all honesty and sincerity that my experience with Thriveworks has been the best so far and I am 55, now that's saying a lot!
Charlottesville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
Great experience so far.
Charsville Jul 2018
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Great practice!
Charlottesville Jul 2018
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I really loved working with John Stone. He’s an awesome councelor from what i can gather from one visit. The environment was also comfortable and relaxing in his office. He made me feel it was safe to approach him. Im gonna continue my seesions with him.
Read more I really loved working with John Stone. He’s an awesome councelor from what i can gather from one visit. The environment was also comfortable and relaxing in his office. He made me feel it was safe to approach him. Im gonna continue my seesions with him.
Charlottesville Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Exceptional place with the best docs!
Charlottesville Jul 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

We share a building with Shear Magic Salon, Sei Bella Salon, New Looks Studio, Hairflair, Ishan Gala Foundation, Embrace Home Loans, Alpha Home Care Services, and JBD Mobile Catering & Events. We are located at the corner of Commonwealth Drive and Greenbrier Drive. Next to us on Commonwealth Drive is Commonwealth Drive Cemetery and Charlottesville Blue Ridge Dental. Across the street is Lighten Up hair salon.

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(434) 205-6776

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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