The Secret Life of the Alienated Child

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved trees. She would spend hours in the fields behind her house lying in the grass and looking up at the leaves as they rippled above her. The dancing fingers of sunlight transfixed her gaze and she found peace in that place, under the treesContinue reading “The Secret Life of the Alienated Child”

The See-Saw Challenge: Helping Alienated Children in Recovery

I am about to take a break for a few days in order to recover my equilibrium. This is something that we do at the Clinic every twelve weeks or so.  Running our programmes over a twelve week period means that we are often on call 24/7 as we work with children in residence transferContinue reading “The See-Saw Challenge: Helping Alienated Children in Recovery”

From Division to Resilience: The Recovery Journey of the Alienated Child

The alienated child in recovery goes through a series of psychological changes, these are distinct and recognisable and are mapped through our work with children post intervention. Children in recovery are repairing the psychologically split state of mind, that which is used as a defence against the intolerable dilemma of having to choose one parentContinue reading “From Division to Resilience: The Recovery Journey of the Alienated Child”

Launch of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners

Readers may be interested in a new venture being convened by the Family Separation Clinic in London.  The European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners will hold its inaugural meeting in Prague on July 11th 2017.  Hosted by the Family Separation Clinic, the idea for the Association arose in partnership work with the colleagues in Croatia,Continue reading “Launch of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners”

What Happened Next: Three Vignettes on the Successful Treatment of Parental Alienation

This week I am writing up the final chapters of my case notes in three cases where we have successfully treated parental alienation.  I thought it would be useful to share these (heavily disguised of course), so that what happens after our intervention is made visible. So much of our work takes place behind closedContinue reading “What Happened Next: Three Vignettes on the Successful Treatment of Parental Alienation”

The Transmogrification of Trauma in Parental Alienation

Far from being the kind of cosy kitchen table topic portrayed by the BBC in recent weeks, parental alienation is actually, often, a scene straight from a horror story.  In cases I have been involved in over the years, the transmission of intergenerational trauma has transmogrified the behaviours of children into a grotesque pantomime.  TheContinue reading “The Transmogrification of Trauma in Parental Alienation”

Using the Separation from Source Protocol: Tracking Effectiveness in Transfer of Residence Cases in the UK

The Separation from Source Protocol is my preferred name for the gold standard treatment route of transfer of residence in parental alienation cases.  This protocol, which we are evaluating in our work now, is sometimes called the ‘nuclear option’ by unaware alienation practitioners.  The lack of alienation awareness which is denoted by the idea thatContinue reading “Using the Separation from Source Protocol: Tracking Effectiveness in Transfer of Residence Cases in the UK”

The Battle for Britain’s Alienated Children

Parental Alienation has become such a hot topic in the UK that everywhere one looks a petition is being launched, an article on the issue is in the media, even Woman’s Hour covered the topic recently. Meanwhile the head of CAFCASS (GAL service for our stateside readers), has confirmed that parental alienation is child abuse,Continue reading “The Battle for Britain’s Alienated Children”