Parental Alienation Guidance and Other Services at the Family Separation Clinic

In 2014 we will be delivering a wider range of services at the Family Separation Clinic which is based in London.  The Clinic is run by experienced Therapists and Social Workers and is dedicated to supporting families to move through the separation process in ways that ensure that children’s relationships with both of their parents are protected over the longer term.  Services at the Clinic include –

Parenting Co-ordination:  Support for handover, supervised and supported  parenting time where it is required by the courts, co-ordination and management of arrangements between parents, guidance around children’s needs during transition.

Therapeutic Mediation: Support to work through blocks and barriers to co-parenting, support to reach agreements on care and provision for children after separation.

Parental Alienation Guidance:  For parents who are rejected by a child or at risk of this.

Tailored interventions for alienated children and families: For any family in need of indepth assistance due to alienation or estrangement between children and parents.

All of our services are delivered using our whole family model of supporting families which has been developed through direct work with parents and children over the past fourteen years.  This model is underpinned by gender aware strategies for engagement, which means that we understand and meet the needs of mothers AND fathers and we work from the perspective that children need strong and enduring relationships with both parents after separation.  We do not work from a deficit model of parenting, which means that we consider that each parent is of value to a child, that each parent will have different things to offer to a child and each parent will have their own different needs for support in offering their child the best of themselves.  We wholeheartedly believe in a co-parenting model as being the very best for children after family separation, we have studied this, written about it, supported it and evaluated it.  We are committed to offering all families the kind of support that makes co-parenting effective and possible.

Our work on Parental Alienation is a key focus for us in 2014 and all of the finance raised in delivery of our services goes towards funding research and evaluation on treatment routes for this issue.  The Family Separation Clinic is a not for profit company which means that although we have to charge for services, we will plough back profits into benefiting families over the longer term.

The Parental Alienation Guidance Clinic is held on Wednesdays in East London and Guidance is also available by telephone, email and skype on a weekly basis (appointment times will vary).  Guidance sessions cost £70 per hour and can be booked  by emailing  The Clinic re-opens on 15th January 2014.

All other services can be accessed through the Family Separation Clinic website

With very best wishes for 2014 from everyone at the Family Separation Clinic


  1. Until parental alienation or P.A.S. receives formal recognition by government and its agencies, countering it will remain an uphill struggle fought by the individual with little or no outside help to call on. “Working Together” is the government’s comprehensive guidance on dealing with child abuse. This guidance has been around for years, subject to ongoing review and periodic updates. It is considered comprehensive in scope. At one time, social services could count themselves world leaders in identifying and dealing with such refined abuse as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Yet at no point has P.A.S. or its derivatives received even a mention. Influential denialists like Liz Trinder and the feminist child psychiatrists Sturge and Glaser have undoubtably helped to keep it that way but even so, one would think that P.A.S. would receive some formal attention somewhere in the guidance. It is a completely unrecognised and thus hidden form of child abuse which looms as the elephant in the room given that it affects countless thousands of children exposed to so-called family justice.

    This seems strange. That no thought is apparently given to it by government and other UK state authorities seems contrary to a principle of wanting to do the very best for children. Such an attitude requires both an open and enquiring mind but when it comes to P.A.S. such attitudes are entirely absent. Both government and the judiciary seem only too happy to expand the definition of domestic abuse yet when it comes to PAS it seems a paradigm shift will be required.


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