Understanding the Induced Psychological Splitting Defence in Children of Divorce and Separation

It is our view at the Family Separation Clinic, that the signs of alienation which were noticed by Richard Gardner, are in fact all from the same source, which is that the child has been induced to employ psychological splitting, as a defence mechanism against an intolerable emotional and psychological double bind. The double bindContinue reading “Understanding the Induced Psychological Splitting Defence in Children of Divorce and Separation”

Being Healthy at Home: A Guide for Alienated Parents and Their Families During Covid-19 Stay Home Order

The UK has just gone into a full lockdown situation alongside many of our European neighbours and in line with many other countries around the world.  During this time of unprecedented fear and anxiety, alienated parents, already suffering enforced isolation from their children, will feel the pressure of this more than most.  This is aContinue reading “Being Healthy at Home: A Guide for Alienated Parents and Their Families During Covid-19 Stay Home Order”

Covid19 and Your Alienated Child

These are extraordinary times. Travelling through London to our Therapeutic Parenting workshop yesterday felt eery. Absence of people, like absence of toilet rolls on the shelves in the supermarket, does something to the brain, it activates our biological drive to survive. Fear is contagious, it causes anxiety and confusion, it forces us into dependency onContinue reading “Covid19 and Your Alienated Child”

Statement on Stalking and Harassment

11.3.2020 Dear Readers, In recent years, I have been the subject of online denigration and personal and professional attack from some areas of the internet. This is something which has led to  threats being left on this blog and to commentary which at times is defamatory.  This is something that we largely ignore as itContinue reading “Statement on Stalking and Harassment”

The Experience of Alienated Mothers: Denied, Shamed and Blamed

On International Women’s Day and amidst a growing wave of negative transference, it is time to pause and look at the ways in which mothers and fathers suffer the experience of being rejected by their child differently. By focusing on mothers today, I am, by no means suggesting, that women suffer more or that mothersContinue reading “The Experience of Alienated Mothers: Denied, Shamed and Blamed”

Ireland Training Group 2020 in Partnership with Caidreamh

We are in Cork in Ireland this week, training psychologists and psychotherapists to work with the principles of practice with alienated children and their families. Yesterday we also delivered an introduction training which included legal people and practitioners from Tusla the Irish Child Protection Service. Today and tomorrow we will take a smaller group ofContinue reading “Ireland Training Group 2020 in Partnership with Caidreamh”

Training for Mental Health Practitioners in the USA

Working with Induced Psychological Splitting in Children of Divorce New Orleans – May 31st & June 1st 2020 The Family Separation Clinic has pioneered work in the United Kingdom with children and families affected by parental alienation over the past decade and has worked with a wide number of practitioners around the world to shareContinue reading “Training for Mental Health Practitioners in the USA”