What Is An On-Line Divorce Support Group?

Women who are considering, going through, and recovering from divorce need a lot of help. There are numerous decisions to be made, tasks to accomplish, issues to address, and so many feelings. Why go through it alone when you can join an Online Divorce Support Group and benefit from the wisdom and experience and companionship of other women?

Divorce support groups in Massachusetts can take many forms. Some are lead by nonprofessionals or peers who have experienced divorce and are interested in meeting and helping others who are undergoing similar circumstances. Often these groups are run out of churches, human service organizations, or other public venues. Many of these are offered free to group members and meet once or twice a month or weekly. This type of divorce support group can run for a limited number of weeks (8-12) or on an ongoing or ‘drop-in’ basis.

Other divorce support groups are lead by professional therapists and counselors who have special training in group therapy techniques and group dynamics along with a strong understanding of early, late, and ongoing divorce issues. In Massachusetts, many of these groups take place in person, in a private psychotherapist’s or mental health agency’s office and cost anywhere from $35-$55 per session. Some private therapists accept health insurance reimbursement for these groups while others do not.

Another increasingly popular model for divorce support is the on-line divorce support group. Utilizing the latest technologies, members can enjoy the benefits of ‘attending’ a group, from their own home. Video conferencing technology has made it possible for anyone undergoing or healing from a divorce to turn on their laptop to view and participate in a group with up to 12 other people. Many participants agree that online groups offer a level of privacy, convenience, and ease in attending unmatched by any other type of group. This is particularly helpful to parents who would otherwise find it impossible or too costly to leave the house to attend a group.

Whether you choose to meet in person or online, with a professional or a peer group leader, talking about your divorce experience with others who understand and are willing to listen is a powerful tool to help you heal and make a successful transition to your new life after divorce.