How a Child Therapist Can Help Families Going Through a Divorce

Divorce and adjusting to the new family dynamic of living in two separate households can be overwhelming for anyone, especially children. On this episode of Welcome to Splitsville, we explore how a child therapist can help families going through a divorce.

Today’s conversation is with Maria Curran from The Center for Creativity and Healing. Maria is a therapist with over 25 years of experience working with children and families in the areas of separation, divorce, and blended family issues. Maria also works with more mainstream matters, including anxiety and depression issues, but her specialization in separation/divorce makes her practice unique in the area.

Maria begins by answering the question that many divorcing parents ask: How do I know if I need to take my children to therapy? 3:44 Maria goes through her process for evaluating how children are coping with the changes in their life brought on by a divorce. Maria then discusses the parent’s role in the process and how her office deals with determining necessary parental consent. 8:04

Maria shares her ethical obligations to both parents during treatment, including her duty of confidentiality to the child. 16:44 Maria then talks about common challenges she sees children experiencing when their parents are going through a divorce or separation. 23:14 Maria goes on to share the hardships children often take on during a divorce or separation in an attempt to be protective of their parents. 30:22

Maria outlines the specific types of therapists and mental health professionals that work with children and families as well as methods for identifying the best therapist for their particular situation. 34:31 Finally, Maria discusses her process of assisting families with very young children. 39:18

For more information about The Center for Creativity and Healing or to contact Maria, go to or call 704-523-5567.

If you have questions about using other professionals in the divorce process and you are in North or South Carolina, contact Leigh Sellers and her team at

The insights and views presented in “Welcome to Splitsville” are for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. Nor does tuning in to this podcast constitute an attorney-client relationship of any kind. If you’re ready for compassionate and reliable legal guidance on your journey through divorce, contact Leigh Sellers and her team at

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