Healing the Heart in Parental Alienation

Karen Woodall:

One of the greatest difficulties when a child is being alienated is the manner in which the witnessing of the harm being done and the helplessness to prevent it, can cause a parent to begin to mirror the behaviour of the alienating parent. What I often observe in my work is that the pathologically split state of mind is not only present in the child, it is present in the alienating parent AND the rejected parent too.

 This is one of the most difficult phenomena to deal with for practitioners, for it not only causes a distraction during assessment, leading inexperienced practitioners to believe that the rejected parent is contributing to the problem, it also causes difficulties in the court process.  This issue is one which I have encountered many times over and it is one which I have discussed at length in supervision and with colleagues in the…

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About madisonelizabethbaylis

Father of Kevin, Jenvey and Maddie. Being alienated from Maddie due to the fact that after her mother divorced me and remarried she cut me out of my daughter´s life. I then rekindled my relationship with the mother of my boys and since then Melissa is hell bend on allienating and abusing Maddie
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