Do you find yourself in a season of change due to separation and/or divorce? 

This experience can be isolating, but you do not have to go through it alone.

The Weekly Divorce and Separation Support Group for Women is a safe and supportive processing group where you can share your journey, and be seen and heard by other women going through similar circumstances. 

Together, we will work to build coping skills for managing challenging emotions, examine beliefs and self-talk about separation and divorce, explore your redefined sense of self and identity, and gain confidence as you move forward into your new chapter.  

Typically, the group discusses the following topics over the course of the 8-week cycle: 

  • Emotions surrounding separation/divorce (anger, hurt, sadness, grief, anxiety, confusion, and others) and how to cope with them
  • Self-worth / self-esteem
  • “Where do I go from here?”
  • Social repercussions of separation

Who

Women, ages 18+ residing in Virginia

When

Next session begins SUMMER 2022 | Dates to be determined based on interest and number of participants

The group meets weekly on Mondays from 5:15-6:45 pm

Participants commit to joining the group for an 8-week cycle

Where

Virtually on Zoom  (HIPAA-compliant version)

Cost

  • $150 for a 55-minute individual intake session prior to group beginning 
  • $90 per 90-minute weekly session (8-week commitment required)

Registration and Inquiries

Please note:

  • A 55-minute intake session ($150) must be scheduled prior to joining.
  • This group may be used as an adjunct to existing individual therapy. Though individual therapy is not a requirement for enrollment, it may be recommended based on individual needs.

About the Facilitator

Julia Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Marketing at Cedar Crest College and completed a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. Her training at Marymount shaped her into an effective counselor, using approaches that utilize a combination of techniques from Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has worked with clients who are anxious, depressed, experiencing life changes, processing past trauma, stressed, and who are processing current or past losses and grief. She works collaboratively with clients who are motivated, engaged in the counseling experience, and who want to explore themselves to find greater life satisfaction and happiness.

Counselor Julia Ward

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