Fox Chapel woman's book helps readers deal with divorce
By Tom McGee | April 26, 2014 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Nan Cohen is adding another tool for divorcees to use to get them through a difficult time in their lives.
Cohen will celebrate the release of her first book, "Dealing with Divorce: Reality Revealed A Divorce Guide and Journal," at a launch party tonight, Thursday.
The Fox Chapel resident has hosted a radio show about divorce since 2004.
The book examines Cohen's own experience with divorce and how to handle things such as dating again and what to do with children who are impacted.
"You have to learn how to navigate through these things," Cohen said.
Cohen's own divorce came in the early 1990s when her daughter was 14 months old.
She eventually remarried but found that many of her friends and family who were dealing with their own divorces turned to her to help get them through.
Her husband suggested she return to school to become a therapist, but Cohen, who had a radio show about plastic surgery, decided she could reach a larger audience over the air.
"I'm not going back to school to become a therapist but I can take it to the radio," Cohen said.
Through her radio show, also called "Dealing with Divorce," Cohen was able to help people who called in or contacted her. She then decided to get more involved in helping people by starting a "divorce coaching" service.
Cohen credits her style and approach to dealing with divorce and people for her success.
"I've always been tagged as real," Cohen said. "I ask the hard questions."
Cohen's book encourages people to keep a journal, something she did when she was going through a divorce.
"I learned that through power of the pen, people express themselves more so than when they're talking to you," Cohen said.
With a journal, people can go back and reflect about how they felt at a certain time and see how far they have come in the months since their divorce.
The book will help guide people through a divorce and force them to answer their own questions about how to move on in life.
"The only way to make this happen is you need to answer those questions, the hard questions, the real questions," Cohen said.
About Nan Cohen
Nan Cohen is recognized as the go-to expert on the realities of separation and divorce, based on her own experience and long-running radio show “Dealing with Divorce”. After her marriage took a surprising turn, the young mother of a toddler girl confronted with all of the emotions and logistics of divorce, Nan learned the realities of divorce by experiencing it—a long and bitter divorce, joint custody, social stigma, and emotional turmoil. She was empowered by discovering a niche in which she could help others work through a transition from divorce to a new beginning. While she does not promote divorce, Nan does promote understanding its complexities, including custody, alimony, child support, financial settlements, parenting skills, and even dating, sex, and remarriage.
A quick-witted, practical and no-nonsense resource, Nan hosts DEALING WITH DIVORCE on Pittsburgh’s KQV 1410 AM and www.kqv.com. Here, her valued legal, family and wellness experts join her to discuss divorce and all its related issues. She been a contributor on KDKA-TV on “Pittsburgh Today Live” (on which she is scheduled to appear on Fri., April 27) and is a frequent guest expert in programs and media stories about divorce. Now, Nan’s first daughter is in college, she is mother of a daughter with her second husband, and her family supports her working with those experiencing divorce. Nan brings her reality-based perspective to individuals through consulting with divorce team professionals, one-on-one coaching, and audiences of her shows, seminars, and tools, including Dealing with Divorce: Reality Revealed, A Divorce Guide and Journal, all reachable via http://www.divorcerealityexpert.com
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