The phenomenon of what is often referred to as parental alienation is a spectrum problem of induced defensive splitting in a child that, typically, occurs within the context of a divorce
or family separation and which causes the child to pathologically
align with one of their parents, rendering them vulnerable to that parent’s intra-psychic conflicts and defences.
The pathological alignment to one parent will typically cause the child to reject the other and blame for the estrangement is projected onto the rejected parent, either by the aligned parent or, more problematically, by the child, themselves. This blame, when it is levelled by children, is often vehement and will be accompanied by justifications that range from the trivial or implausible to much more serious accusations of abuse or harm.
The Family Separation Clinic is at the forefront of developing an understanding of children's alienation; how it arises, how it affects children and how to free children from the psychological splitting that is at the root of it. We also collaborate with experts from around the world in the fields of mental health, law and academia so that our practice is informed by the latest research and developments.
We offer a range of services including helping you to understand and manage difficult behaviours in a child who is begin to show signs of rejecting you, helping you to build strategies to bring about change, undertaking family assessments and proposing treatment routes for court and, in cases where it has been ordered, carrying out changes of residence.
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The Family Separation Clinic is at the forefront of developing an understanding of parental alienation; how it arises, how it affects children and how to free children from its grip. We also collaborate with experts from around the world in the fields of law, mental health and academia so that our practice is informed by the latest research and developments.
Offers an in-depth analysis of the dynamics that cause children to reject parents based on the international standards of best practice, combined with family systems therapy approaches developed at the Family Separation Clinic. Offers evidence based information to court about the dynamics in conflicted families as well as tailored interventions to treat the problem.