A therapeutic separation is a deliberate and structured period of time in which a couple decides to live separately to work on their relationship challenges with the guidance of a therapist. It is different from a legal separation or divorce as the intention is to create space for personal growth, reflection, and working on the relationship rather than ending it. During a therapeutic separation, couples may engage in individual therapy, couples therapy, or other interventions to address their issues, improve communication, and gain clarity about the future of their relationship. The goal of a therapeutic separation is to create a healthier foundation for the relationship or to assess whether a more permanent separation or divorce is necessary.
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