Are you dealing with separation or divorce?

Whether you’re currently going through it, recently divorced or have been for a while, coping with divorce can be difficult, to say the least. There are many factors that you now find yourself dealing with. It’s a new way of life. If you have children, it’s a new way of life for them, too. So many questions. So many emotions: pride, anger, disappointment and even relief. Those of us who’ve been through it know it can be a confusing road. But together we can get through it and come out peaceful and whole.

I'm experiencing a life transition.

There are times in our lives when we find ourselves needing to reassess our thinking process or our emotional reactions. Rest assured that this is quite common, and sometimes issues come up when we feel stuck in our jobs or settled in our relationships or for no apparent reason at all. Perhaps you feel it’s time to elevate an area of our life but feel unable to do so. Talking through these situations with an outside person can help you get un-stuck, and I’m here to be that person, so you can make decisions with a clear mind. Connect with me and let’s see if we can’t figure it out together.

Divorce, Compassion & Howard Stern

You might be surprised to know that I’m a huge Howard Stern fan. I have been for years. In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Howard talks extensively about how going to therapy has helped him in life. (You might have seen me share the article on my Facebook and Instagram pages.) I’ve always appreciated…

Healing from Infidelity: Part Two

Last Monday, we introduced the first phase of Ester Perel’s Healing from Infidelity, called the Crisis Phase. Today, we’re going to learn about phase two, which is called the Making Meaning Phase. This phase happens whenever we’re able to see through our emotions. There’s no timeline for this, so please don’t hurry yourself. It’ll happen…

Healing from Infidelity: Part Three

This is the final article in our three-part series about Ester Perel’s Healing from Infidelity phases. If you’re just joining me, you can read about Phase One here and Phase Two here. It recap, I’d like to share with one of my favorite quotes from her book The State of Affairs about Phases 1 and…

Healing from Infidelity: Part One

February isn’t all hearts and chocolates for everyone. If you’re one of the many who are dealing with the fallout of a partner’s affair, it can be downright painful. One of my specialties is helping people move through life changes, so last year, I went to an all-day workshop called Healing from Infidelity. The speaker…

Holiday Survival for the Newly Divorced: Bonus Tip

I recently wrote an article for Northeast Ohio Parent with 8 tips on how to survive the holidays post-divorce. Here’s your bonus tip: stay off social media. Remember my digital detox? When we’re trying to keep ourselves centered, seeing everyone’s seemingly perfect holiday posts might not be the most helpful activity for us. The most…

Ask Joanna: A Therapist’s Advice on Parenting/Divorce

My divorce will be final this summer and I’ve started dating. When is it ok to introduce my kids to someone new? First of all, kudos for keeping your children’s best interests in mind. Divorce is traumatic for everyone. Even in the best “conscious uncoupling” situations, it can cause massive disruption and require a lot…