Local therapist writes book on divorce

By Leslie Massey Published: May 20, 2013 | 11:15 am 0

Colorado's divorce rate ranks among the highest 20 states, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dr. Barry Ham, a local family and marriage therapist, said he sees more marital issues among his clients than any other issue.

With a passion for working with struggling families, couples and individuals, Ham believes change is feasible and wants to help people understand how to live a fulfilling life and not settle for poor relationships.

"Forty or 50 years ago, divorce had a very negative stigma and eventually it became something everyone was doing," he said. "These days, every kid has friends whose parents are divorced."

In his book, "God Understands Divorce: A Biblical Message of Grace," Ham explains that God has been "where you are and knows your pain." Ham notes that God provides direction to struggling couples through the scriptures, enabling them to work through difficulties.

Having been through a divorce, Ham understands how easily relationships can deteriorate.

But, "I believe more couples are deciding to work at the marriage now before throwing in the towel," he said.

After growing up primarily in Oklahoma and Texas, Ham was living in Northern California when he decided that wasn't where he wanted to be. After spending a couple of years researching various locations, he opted to move to Colorado Springs.

As a licensed therapist, Ham has been helping individuals and couples in the Pikes Peak region for 17 years. His book is available online and through retailers.

Ham also offers a free resource called "Relationships Tip Tuesdays," a weekly email/Facebook blast. Individuals can request the blast atgod understandsdivorce.com.

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