My work with families includes support through and after separation. I work particularly with children who are resistant to parenting time or who reject a parent after separation. My work in this field is based upon the research of Professor Bala and his colleagues at Queen’s University in Ontario Canada, where a route to understanding why children reject a parent after separation has been robustly developed. Combining this understanding with family systems therapy, has allowed me to build a way of working with families that frees children from the dynamics that cause rejection. I am currently involved in developing and testing this approach further with colleagues at the Family Separation Clinic.
As part of this work I assist Local Authorities in cases where high conflict separation has lead to their involvement as well as CAFCASS workers, Social Workers and Family Support Practitioners to assist teams to understand the dynamics of separation and its impact on children.
I also work within the Family Courts, offering assessments and support to the court in understanding parental alienation and implementing treatment routes to alleviate the problem.
A wide range of resources and help for families where children are affected by alienation and related behaviour can be found at the Family Separation Clinic
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