Divorce Support Group begins August 12

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Divorce is a difficult time and often traumatizing. Feelings can be overwhelming, and it is easy to get stuck in denial, anger, fear, and loneliness. First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, is offering a Divorce Recovery Group on Wednesdays, August 12-September 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. for adults who have experienced a recent or not-so-recent divorce or the end of a relationship.

The group will provide adults a safe, supportive community in which to express and explore the many reactions that come in the aftermath of divorce. Adults can share their experiences, struggles, concerns, sorrows, fears, anger, joys, hopes, and dreams to the level of their own comfort. Meetings will be in a relaxed informal setting. There is no cost for participation except for a $5 fee for class materials, which include “Rebuilding When the Relationship Ends” by Bruce Fisher and will be available at the first session. Scholarships are available for the materials if needed.

Ellen Hitchcock will be facilitating the group for adults. She is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her graduate degree from the University of Alabama. She has been in private practice in Oak Ridge since 1997. Hitchcock also has extensive training and practice in conflict resolution and family mediation.

It is our hope that we can help you and your family grow through this difficult time in your lives. To register, call First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and leave your name and telephone number with the church office staff at (865) 483-4357 or email Rev. Jenny Caughman at jcaughman@fumcor.org.