Louden’s Leanings is an occasional series of observations on the practice of matrimonial law from LKM Partner Wm. Bruce Louden.
I am a strong believer in the value of psychotherapy for parties in divorce cases. Actually, I believe that we all are human and challenged emotionally to one degree or another, and that good therapy is helpful generally.
ln the context of divorce cases, I tell my clients that they cannot help but have a lot going on inside themselves and that working with a mental health professional would be helpful in navigating the divorce process. In a broader context, I see divorce as an opportunity for people to learn and grow as human beings.
If a client already has a therapist, I encourage specific work on the divorce situation. If a client does not have a therapist, I recommend that the client consider such. I have found that certain clients, more generally husbands, are resistant to therapy, and I refer to “counseling” as a more acceptable term.
ln making full disclosure, I am married to a psychotherapist and receive my therapy each night at home, whether I want it or not.