Separation & Divorce – Edmonton Family Therapy

Some relationships end suddenly and others seem to fall apart over a long period of time. A separation/divorce/breakup can interfere with your daily routine and impact your desire to function. It may negatively impact your work/school, social life, and family life and you may feel a sense of failure for the lost plans and dreams that you used to have together.

Experiencing a separation/divorce/breakup may trigger a mixture of the following emotions:

  • Loneliness – “Will I be able to make it without him/her.”
  • Confusion – “What went wrong?”
  • Rejection – “Can anyone love me?”
  • Sadness/Hurt – “Why me?”
  • Ambivalence – “I am glad it’s over, but I miss her/him.”
  • Guilt – “If only I had …”
  • Anxiety/Fear – “What will happen now?”
  • Shame – “I’m a failure.”
  • Anger – “I don’t deserve this.”
  • Betrayal – “How could he/she do this?”
  • lsolation – “Now I have no one.”
  • Loss – “I can’t believe he/she is gone.”
  • Relief – “Maybe it’s for the best.”
  • Depression – “How will I rebuild my life?”
  • “Numb” (lack of feeling)

Following a separation/divorce/break-up, you may also be experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty eating
  • An overall loss of energy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • A sense of emptiness
  • An inability to deal with ordinary tasks
  • Loss of focus and concentration

How you choose to handle a separation is very important because it may impact the rest of your life and impact your children’s lives (if you have any).

To obtain help in understanding and coping with this difficult adjustment period, contact HopeWell Psychological at 780-298-9401, email us at, or click on the contact form.

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