This is the time when a good therapist can be extraordinarily beneficial.  A good therapist will:

  • Provide the best “listening ear”
  • Be sympathetic
  • Help you to develop more self knowledge
  • Coach you in learning new skills
  • Help you to move on with your life

Here are a few books about divorce recovery and helping your children with divorce that you may find useful.  If you have any suggestions for books that you have found helpful, please let me — and other viewers — know by listing them on the “Dialogue” page.  All books are listed alphabetically by title.

For Yourself:

Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building A New Life, Revised Edition, by Abigail Trafford

Divorce and New Beginnings: A Complete Guide to Recovery, Sole Parenting, Co-Parenting, and Stepfamilies, by Genevieve Clapp

*The Divorce Recovery Sourcebook, by Dawn Bradley Berry

Divorce Recovery: Healing the Hurt through Self-Help and Professional Support, by Allan J. Adler, M.D. and Christine Archambault

*For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered, by E. Mavis Hetherington and John Kelly

The Fresh Start Divorce Recovery Workbook:  A Step-by-Step Program for Those Who Are Divorced or Separated by Bob Burns

How to Survive the Loss of A Love, by Peter McWilliams

101 Things To Do the First Year of Your Divorce, by Meg Connelly

*Rebuilding:  When Your Relationship Ends, by Bruce Fisher

Rebuilding Workbook:  When Your Relationship Ends, by Bruce Fisher and Jere Bierhaus

About Your Children:

Building A Parenting Agreement That Works: How to Put Your Kids First When Your Marriage Doesn’t Last, by Mimi Lyster

Divorce Helpbook for Kids, [ages 8 to 12], by Cynthia MacGregor

Divorce Helpbook for Teens, by Cynthia MacGregor

Don’t Alienate the Kids, by Bill Eddy, LCSW, J.D.

Good Parenting Through Your Divorce: The Essential Guidebook to Helping Your Children Adjust and Thrive, by Mary Ellen Hannibal

Healing Hearts:  Helping Children and Adults Recover from Divorce, by Elizabeth Hickey, MSW, and Elizabeth Dalton, J.D.

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.

Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids, by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.

Parenting After Divorce: Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children’s Needs, by Philip Michael Stahl

Vicki Lansky’s Divorce Book for Parents: Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce and Its Aftermath, by Vicki Lansky

*When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses, by John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Lee Matthews

*These books have been recommended by my clients.

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