My name is Edna Thompson, Ph. D. I was born in Ireland to my lawyer parents, Benedict Thompson and Valerie Wahlerisch. My parents divorced when I was seven years old and after a bitter custody battle, it was agreed upon that every two weeks, I would pack up my things and move from my mother’s house to my father’s. A couple of months after I turned ten, my mother and her new husband, Dr. Roderik Wahlerisch, moved to Australia and took me with them. A new arrangement was agreed upon where I live with my mother, step-father, and my half-brother Scott in Australia for half the year and travel back to Ireland to be with my father for the other half.
After graduating high school, I decided to go to the University of Melbourne where I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After earning my diploma, I went on and achieved a degree in Masters of Psychology or a Ph. D, specialising in both Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology. Afterwards, I pursued another Master’s degree, this time specialising in Counselling and Developmental Psychology. I have been practising as a therapist for twenty-three years now. I specialise in helping couples who are going through a divorce and in helping divorce kids transition from the big change in their family life. I have also published books such as “Loving After a Divorce”, “The Cognitive and Emotional Developmental Process of a Divorce Kid”, “Saving Your Marriage”, and “Moving from Daddy’s House to Mommy’s.”.
Being a child of divorce is not easy, especially if the divorce hoists you up on a plane every other weekend. Although I had all the love and support I could ever want from both of my two families, what helped the most were the comfort and understanding that my therapist shared with me.