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Divorce and Separation

A separation or divorce can be a tough time for those involved. It can often have effects similar to the death of a close relative or dear friend. It is natural to feel grief and sadness for a period of time following a separation, as there has certainly been a loss of a part of your life, and it will take some time to readjust.

As well as having to cope with the emotional side of a separation, there are also practical issues to deal with. These can include organising new homes for the people involved, deciding on custody issues if there are young children in the family, and splitting up finances. These tasks in themselves can be emotionally trying.

Common feelings and reactions


  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Problems sleeping, or having nightmares
  • Tiredness from stress or over-work or in some cases not being able to function at work


  • Inability to think clearly
  • Decreased concentration, often leading to becoming prone to accidents


  • Mood swings
  • Rage and anger
  • Guilt
  • Feeling lonely

Strategies to help manage divorce or separation

  • Recognise that it’s OK to feel the emotions that you’re experiencing, and don’t try to block them out or ignore them
  • Join a separation group
  • Practise meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Let out feelings through exercise

When to seek professional assistance

Psychology Melbourne has a team of highly experienced psychologists who specialise in separation and divorce counselling. If you feel you are unable to cope, make an appointment to see one of our team. Psychology Melbourne psychologists can assist with making decisions around separation, dealing with the emotional consequences and adjusting to a new life after separation.

For more information or to make an appointment contact us on our Live Chat or phone (03) 9629 1001 or send us an email via our contact form.

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