The Psychological Impact of Divorce

Posted by Stephen F. McDonough | Oct 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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During a divorce, seeing a therapist is a smart way to deal with the stress and anxiety.

On October 8, 2014 Medfield, MA divorce mediator and lawyer Stephen McDonough from Next Phase Legal LLC attended a seminar hosted by the MA Council on Family Mediation.  The seminar, Exploring the Psychological Impact of Divorce, included information about:

  • How our central nervous system reacts to stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Symptoms & Referring Clients to Mental Health Professionals
  • Differences between men and women in coping and responding to mental health issues

Towards the end of the program, there was time for questions with the two presenters, Oona Metz, a licensed social worker and group psychotherapist with offices in Arlington and Brookline; and Doug Baker, a therapist in Cambridge, MA.  Doug specializes in using mind/body techniques such as yoga and mediation in therapy.   Both Oona and Doug offer divorce support groups, with Doug running men's groups and Oona running a women's divorce support group.

For additional information on the presenters, just click on their names above to visit their respective websites.

Stephen McDonough is an experienced divorce mediator and family law attorney.  He is the owner of Next Phase Legal in Medfield, MA; serving the areas of Norfolk, Walpole, Westwood, Millis, Medway, Wellesley, Canton, Sharon, Sherborn, Dover, Franklin, Norwood, Canton, and Dedham. For more information about how we can help you navigate your Massachusetts divorce or other family law issue, please call (508) 359-4043.

About the Author

Stephen F. McDonough

Stephen works closely with clients facing divorce or other family conflict. He is a certified mediator through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, a designation that only about 11% of mediators have obtained. In addition to providing mediation services, Stephen regularly appears in...


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