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Jun 15, 2010, 12:13 ET from Divorce Detox

LOS ANGELES, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. divorce rate is estimated at 47.9 percent.  From the expense of lawyers and the bureaucratic cost of judges, courts, and child support, to the increasing number of children traveling alone on airplanes for visits to non-custodial parents, the impact of divorce is estimated at $11.1 billion dollars each year; with another estimated $75.1 billion per year for grief counseling, therapy, life coaching and more.  While circumstances are unique for each couple, the dissolution of marriage is one of the most challenging life transitioning periods that can trigger feelings of profound loss and despair.  Divorce Detox cures the heartbreak and confusion of divorce, filling a much needed deficit in the mental health community for sufferers of divorce.  

"Devastation, loneliness and bitterness are some emotions that exist due to a breakup.  We help our patients navigate through the healing process and to discover the secrets to moving on," said Dr. Andra Brosh, Divorce Detox Co-founder and Founder of Mothering Minds, a psychotherapeutic agency.  "It's staggering to think that on average, most people will miss 21 days of work dealing with a divorce or separation which unfortunately amounts to a loss of income to companies and organizations.  Multiply that by the hundreds and thousands of people getting divorced and one can quickly calculate how divorce impacts us as a society."

Divorce Detox is a comprehensive divorce recovery program that aids its clients in the process of healing the complications and emotional traumas of divorce making it possible to fully recover from divorce.  The Divorce Detox program offers proven methodology, and the most effective and empirically-based treatments drawn from the fields of psychology, sociology, and the behavioral sciences.  Co-founders Allison Pescosolido, M.A. and Andra Brosh, Ph.D., combine the best of life coaching and psychotherapy to provide new "singles" with the proper counseling and life tools that promote the emotional healing necessary for long term recovery and well being. 

"Divorce is the death of a relationship, a major life trauma.  To heal from divorce, one must seek appropriate professional intervention," said Allison Pescosolido, M.A. life coach, Principal at Allium Coaching and Co-founder of Divorce Detox.  "Left untreated, the future emotional costs are quite severe.

One of the greatest costs to individuals who don't seek treatment is their inability to develop healthy, future relationships. This is reflected in the increased rate of divorce with re-marriage because most individuals bring their unresolved issues to their new relationships and make the same mistakes all over again. An even more tragic outcome which is all too common is when people avoid relationships all together because the scars of divorce run too deep."

"We also see a very parochial view of marriage among our clients, one that includes envisioning divorce as an end instead of a beginning. What makes us unique is that we focus on moving forward, we don't keep our clients focused on the past," said Brosh.  "A few decades ago, divorce carried a heavy social and moral stigma.  Today, divorce is an opportunity to reevaluate all aspects of your life, become a better person, and create a more fulfilling life than ever before."


Dr. Andra Brosh is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of separation and divorce at Divorce Detox.  Andra trained at The Wright Institute in Los Angeles and has studied with some of the most highly regarded and experienced psychoanalysts in the Los Angeles community.  Andra is certified by The Grief Recovery Institute as a Grief Recovery Specialist®, which enhances her clinical skills as a psychologist.  Over the course of her career, Andra has worked extensively with couples, children, parents and individuals helping them successfully enhance their relationships and quality of life.  Andra's education began at Boston University, and she then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles.  After completing a two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and a one-year intensive course in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Andra went on to develop a private practice where she works with her clients on issues related to marriage, divorce, infidelity, parenting and grief recovery.


Allison Pescosolido, M.A. is an expert at Divorce Recovery and starting over.  Allison has personally implemented all of the tools and strategies that she counsels her clients with.  She has a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and holds several B.A.s in Economic, Urban Studies, and Public Policy from Boston University.  Allison is certified by The Grief Recovery Institute as a Grief Recovery Specialist®, serving as one of several national experts in grief recovery and CNN's Grief Experts.  Allison frequently appears in the media.  To date, her expertise has been covered in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today for her expert counsel through Allium Coaching, a company specializing in leadership and self-empowerment strategies for consumers and businesses to achieve both personal and organizational goals.


Based in Santa Monica, California, Divorce Detox offers a unique model of support for separation and divorce counseling for individuals and groups in an intimate, small, and confidential manner.  Through a proactive and forward-moving approach, Divorce Detox programs focus on divorce support, divorce recovery, and divorce through a series of tools, workshops, coaching, and therapy.  For more information, call toll-free 1-888-456-7056; email movingon@divorcedetox.com or visit www.divorcedetox.com .  All calls are confidential.

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