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Divorce Support Group Launched

Divorce Support Group Launched
By Suzi Christie 30th Sep 2009

Brighton has been chosen as the next venue for a unique type of group that has proven 'comforting' and 'inspirational' for the people who have attended in London.

Divorce Support Group gives men and women who are divorcing, separating or already divorced an opportunity to talk in small support groups, or individual sessions, about the emotional and psychological impact of their divorce.

Family law barrister, judge and family therapist Charlotte Friedman launched the first Divorce Support Group groups in London two years ago and, after receiving calls and e-mails from all over the country, has chosen Brighton as the next place to launch.

Charlotte explained: “There are so many people divorcing or separating and before I started Divorce Support Group there was nowhere they could go for emotional and psychological support. Through my groups they can share personal experiences and feel supported by others who understand what they are going through. I've had people who say they spend the week in tears and the group is the only time they can come and talk openly and honestly about how they are feeling without burdening friends or family. The groups provide a safe place where people can voice their grief, loss and anger but also help them realise that divorce can also be a new beginning. The groups are small and people find that they make friends that last long after the groups finish.”

“It was hard deciding where to license Divorce Support Group next as there are people all over the country who need this type of help. But I attended the Starting Over Show – the UK's first divorce fair - and there was lots of interest and I know that divorce rates are high in this part of the country - so I decided Brighton should be the next place, ” Charlotte added. The group facilitators who are licensed by Divorce Support Group to run Groups around the country are trained by Charlotte in her specific model and are highly qualified.

Charlotte is an expert in the emotional and psychological impact of divorce and separation. She has practised as a family law barrister for the past 25 years, specialising in divorce, and was called to the Bar in 1982. Charlotte is also a trained mediator, with particular expertise in working with divorcing couples. She has a degree in Psychology from Warwick University, a Masters Degree in Family Therapy from London University. Charlotte is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, an affiliate member of Resolution and a member of the Insititue of Family Therapy. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Divorce Support Groups started in Brighton in September and people can join either an evening or a morning group. Courses run for 10 weeks and each 90 minute session costs £38. For more information go to www.divorcesupportgroup.co.uk or call 020 74831378.

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