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1,880 people sought divorce counseling help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

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Our therapists in Westborough are booked, but we have 52 other therapists in MA available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Divorce counseling

What is Divorce counseling?

Thriveworks divorce counseling in Westborough, MA 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 planning the dress, the wedding party, and the cake, everyone also plans for a happily-ever-after. But all too often, this does not work out, and people find themselves facing the reality of plan B and a divorce. If you have recently ended a marriage or are currently in the process, you understand that plan B brings a lot of fear, confusion, anger, loneliness, depression, guilt, and anxiety. It also brings a host of new realities to navigate: legal decisions, custody issues, extended families, circles of friends, financial issues, and housing circumstances.

Reflecting upon her divorce, Amy Poehler explained the experience, saying, “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.”

If your life is up in the air, spinning, you are not alone. When a marriage ends, safe landings are possible. The process is painful, but when people embrace recovery, they often find that joy and love return to their lives in full force. Therapy has helped many people navigate the painful process of healing from a divorce.

Navigating a divorce can feel very lonely, but no one has to do it alone. Thriveworks Westborough in Worcester provides therapy for divorce recovery, and our counselors understand the dangers and opportunities involved in ending a marriage.

Reasons for the Divorce

Having studied marriage and divorce for decades, Psychologist John Gottman identifies four foundational causes and predictors for divorce. He has dubbed them, “The Four Horsemen.” The last straw that leads to the divorce may be an affair, abuse, addiction, or more, but when people look closely, these four horsemen are usually present, fueling the disconnection:

  • Criticism: When nit-picking, negative interactions, and put-downs overshadow encouragement, kindness, and support, then divorce is often the result.
  • Defensiveness: If one or both people do not own the consequences for their actions, then that is often a recipe for divorce.
  • Stonewalling: Denying, minimizing, or avoiding issues allows problems to stick around and grow.
  • Contempt: The bedrock of any relationship is respect, and when one or both partners disrespect each other, tension will grow.

Being in a marriage with one or all of these can harm a person, and a time of healing and recovery may be necessary to move forward with new dreams and new relationships.

What Is Involved in Divorce Recovery?

There are many costs when a marriage ends, and divorce recovery usually involves embracing the grief cycle. Of course, the marriage relationship ceases, but divorce comes with other losses. Such losses are too innumerable to be counted, but a handful may include…

  • Loss of a home
  • Reduced standard of living
  • Changed extended family relationships
  • Shifting to co-parenting or single parenting
  • Lost/changed friendships

People may feel denial, anger, shock, sadness, guilt, bargaining, or fear as they grieve, and it is normal to bounce quickly between these feelings. In the grief cycle, it is important for people to be honest about whatever they may be feeling and to be curious about why they may be feeling that particular emotion.

How Long Does Healing Take?

There is no one-size-fits-all formula for healing from a divorce. Many different circumstances will determine how long a particular person takes for recovery. Some of those circumstances may include…

  • Whether it was a surprise.
  • Each person’s personality, age, mental health, and physical health.
  • Why the divorce is occurring.
  • If/how many children are involved.
  • The status of a couple’s finances.
  • How long the relationship lasted.
  • Whether one or both partners have established new relationships.

Healing from a divorce is not an easy process. Along the way, there are pitfalls and dangers. Blunders are normal, to be expected, and often become opportunities. There is rarely a straight-line, comfortable path to healing.

It is also okay to reach out for help—both from friends and family and from mental health professionals. Experienced therapists can often guide their clients through common pitfalls as they face the ups and downs of divorce.

Divorce Recovery Therapy at Thriveworks Westborough, MA in Worcester

Are you in the midst of a divorce or have you recently come through one? Our counselors are familiar with the rollercoaster that is ending a marriage. Thriveworks Westborough has helped many people come through the pain and the loss to reclaim joy and happiness in their lives.

If you are ready to meet with a mental health professional, know that Thriveworks Westborough offers weekend appointments. New clients often see their counselor within 24 hours of their call, and we accept insurance.

Divorce can be hard. Scheduling counseling for divorce recovery should not be. Call Thriveworks today.

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 Westborough therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Choice Health Plan

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Westborough
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

4.8 Thriveworks Westborough reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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Hello all, I just want to tell everyone at thriveworks in Westboro mass office and future customers that I have had the pleasure of a 5 star counselor in donna hayes. Donna helped me when I was at the lowest point in my life. A law enforcement life, with lots of issues. She has helped me immensely. God bless you donna. Hopefully I will see you in fall when I return home. Thanks for your help and sorry for quitting exit today on my last appointment. Best regards always. Brian
Read more Hello all, I just want to tell everyone at thriveworks in Westboro mass office and future customers that I have had the pleasure of a 5 star counselor in donna hayes. Donna helped me when I was at the lowest point in my life. A law enforcement life, with lots of issues. She has helped me immensely. God bless you donna. Hopefully I will see you in fall when I return home. Thanks for your help and sorry for quitting exit today on my last appointment. Best regards always. Brian
Westborough Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I’ve had a wonderful experience. The staff is punctual and kind.
Westborough Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Thriveworks has been wonderful so far. My therapist is very supportive and communicative. The appointment reminders are very helpful, too.
Read more Thriveworks has been wonderful so far. My therapist is very supportive and communicative. The appointment reminders are very helpful, too.
Westborough Jan 2019
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★★★★★
I love my therapist and feel better about my life knowing that I have guidance and direction in my life
Read more I love my therapist and feel better about my life knowing that I have guidance and direction in my life
Westborough Jan 2019
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My therapist is thoughtful, compassionate, incisive in a good way, understands complex trauma, and is full of good humor.
Read more My therapist is thoughtful, compassionate, incisive in a good way, understands complex trauma, and is full of good humor.
Westborough Aug 2018
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For a first visit, this place set a very good example for what is ahead. Attentive, note-taking, observant I am pleased with the initial visit.
Read more For a first visit, this place set a very good example for what is ahead. Attentive, note-taking, observant I am pleased with the initial visit.
Westborough Jun 2018
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★★★★★
Just met Greg today so far everything went well.
Westborough Apr 2018
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Good chat with Stephanie
Westborough Apr 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Westborough is located at 5 E Main St Suite 3, Westborough, MA 01581, in the same building as Berkshire Bank.

Phone number

(774) 252-7733

Languages spoken by MA providers

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