The Option to Separate

In my search for what makes partnerships successful, across over thirty years gaining knowledge of different psychological theories and perspectives, I have watched many of my friends’ marriages fail.

But I have noticed they have not failed as individuals. They have carried on into new relationships and new lives. As a result, I don’t assume that separation or divorce means that something has gone wrong. There is always a lesson and hope for growth as an individual. Unfortunately, a lot of pain often accompanies these lessons.

My approach is realistic. I don’t think people should necessarily stay together when they are experiencing intolerable conflict,
especially when the safety of either partner or a child is at risk. But to sacrifice all the energy you’ve invested in the relationship without trying couple therapy would be tragic.

If you have already made the decision to divorce and you want to stay out of court, the Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group can help create positive solutions, save money, and respect all participants, including the children.

Dawson Psychological Services

Dr. K.A. Dawson, Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1566)

Kim Dawson

1790 Barrie Road

Victoria, BC V8N2W7 Canada


Wondering whether you can afford to pay?

Do You Have Extended Health Benefits?

Most working folks have extended health benefits through their company. Contact your employer or your human resources department to find out what your benefit package will cover.

Have you been in a car accident?

Dr. Dawson is registered as a provider of mental health services through ICBC to provide counselling to those who are experiencing emotional trauma or losses associated with a motor vehicle accident. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, ask your physician to refer you to see Dr. Dawson. Make sure you have an ICBC claim number when you call for an appointment.

Have you been a victim of a crime?

Dr. Dawson is registered through the Provincial Crime Victim's Assistance Program to provide counselling for those who are experiencing losses or ongoing emotional trauma associated with a crime. If you have been a victim of a crime, contact your local RCMP Victim's Assistance program to get a claim number. Then make an appointment to see Dr. Dawson.