Why do children, teenagers and parents come to Separation Options?

Separation and divorce can be unsettling for children and young people and sometimes they need some additional support outside of their own family to talk through their experience. We offer after school appointments and some schools allow children to come to sessions during the school day.

Sophie, Separation Options

Children and teenagers are referred for a range of reasons including;

  • Mourning the loss of parents’ as a couple
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Anger
  • Emotional and behavioural problems
  • Friendship difficulties at school
  • Sibling conflict
  • Integrating new family members
  • Difficulties accepting a parent’s new partner
  • Managing divided loyalties
  • Adjusting to a two-family home
  • Encouraging grey thinking rather than blaming one parent

Parents consultations can provide help with a range of issues including;

  • Strengthening the post-divorce co-parenting relationship
  • Strengthening the communication and understanding between the child and parent
  • Developing better communication
  • Focusing on the needs of the whole family system
  • Handovers and transitions – avoiding hostile encounters
  • Keeping the children out of the middle
  • Introducing a new partner
  • Moving forward- focusing on the present and the future
  • Parenting plans

Sophie is really funny and kind…she has helped me with play times at school and mum and dad separating and lots of other things as well…..

8yr old daughter

Sophie has been a huge support through my divorce…. she has been a voice for the children which has been so important. Throughout the whole process she has communicated advice and support to help us all negotiate our way through very challenging times. At no point has she taken anyone’s side except the kids and has communicated their needs in a kind and understanding manner. Both of the kids adore their sessions and have got so much out of them. I don’t think any of us would be where we are now without Sophie’s amazing support, understanding and help. I cannot recommend her enough.

Mother of two children