Parental Alienation Assessment and Treatment

Parental alienation is an attachment disturbance, that typically occurs in the context of a divorce or separation, in which a child suppresses their attachment response to, and vehemently rejects their relationship with, one parent and becomes reflexively and unequivocally aligned to the other. This rejection is often accompanied by allegations that the rejected parent has harmed the child.

The Family Separation Clinic is able to provide a number of court-based services, under court instruction, including expert assessment and recommendation for treatment. In many cases, we may also be able to deliver a treatment programme once the court has accepted and ordered it.


Please note that the Clinic does not carry out psychological assessments.


All treatment recommendations are planned and presented as part of the assessment process. The cost of any recommended treatment route is provided to the court after the assessment has been completed.

Exceptional costs associated with either assessment or treatment are agreed in advance.


It should be noted that our rates exceed LAA legal aid hourly rates and we are, therefore, unable to carry out work fully funded by legal aid.


The Clinic uses a differential approach to understanding the problem of a child’s rejection of a parent and all assessments and recommended treatment routes are based on international research and established frameworks.


Occasionally, we carry out an initial paper-based assessment as a precursor to a full assessment.


We currently offer the court three different interventions:

  • Standard Assessment
  • Assessment and Therapeutic Trial Programme (ATT)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Review
 PLEASE NOTE: You should not ask a court to instruct the Family Separation Clinic to carry out an assessment or undertake any other work unless you have the express written permission from us to do so. Please contact the Clinic if you would like to ask the court to instruct the Clinic to carry out an assessment or other court-based intervention.