Underlying Harm: What really happens when children are alienated in divorce and separation

I presented a webinar for a group of parents in the USA this weekend on induced psychological splitting and the harm it causes to children of divorce and separation. In my introduction, I explained that the label parental alienation is not useful when working therapeutically with families affected by a child’s outright rejection. This isContinue reading “Underlying Harm: What really happens when children are alienated in divorce and separation”

Underlying harms: The need for transparency in protection of children of divorce and separation

The paramountcy principle, which is enshrined in the Children Act in the UK, requires that the best interests of the child are held central to everything being considered in private and public family law cases. Many criticise the family courts for the secrecy which surrounds them and campaigns are underway to make what happens therein,Continue reading “Underlying harms: The need for transparency in protection of children of divorce and separation”

Unevenly Woven: The Emotional and Psychological Texture of Enmeshment between parents and children after divorce and separation

enmeshment n. a condition in which two or more people, typically family members, are involved in each other’s activities and personal relationships to an excessive degree, thus limiting or precluding healthy interaction and compromising individual autonomy and identity. (APA) The texture of something is most usually that which can be described by the touch (asContinue reading “Unevenly Woven: The Emotional and Psychological Texture of Enmeshment between parents and children after divorce and separation”

Underlying Harms: Child Protection and Alienation

Underlying Statistics Start of another week at the Family Separation Clinic and I am reviewing questions coming in from the hundred or so parents who signed up for the webinar I recorded this week. Fifty four of these parents were mothers whose children are hyper aligned with their father and who, in rejecting their mothers,Continue reading “Underlying Harms: Child Protection and Alienation”