Parental Alienation

Dealing With Parental Alienation

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Dr. Sue specializes in parent coaching for families experiencing High-Conflict Divorce and Parental Alienation situations. She designs a customized plan for every client she works with and tailors it specifically to their situation. She also provides coaching sessions for other traumatic situations such as school shootings and emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Dr. Sue will guide you through some of the most difficult issues you may face as a parent.

Parent Alienation Strategies

Research has shown that that there is a consensus regarding how one parent may alienate a child from another parent. In her book, Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties that Bind, Dr. Amy J. L. Baker provides research using 40 adults who experienced PAS as children. The subjects of the study reported five primary strategies used to manipulate their thoughts and feelings as children:

  • Relentless bad-mouthing of the character of the target parent, to reduce their importance and value.
  • Creating the impression that the target parent was dangerous and planned to hurt the child, to instill fear and rejection of that parent.
  • Deceiving children about the target parent’s feelings for them, to create hurt, resentment, and psychological distance.
  • Withdrawing love if the child indicated affection or positive regard for the target parent, to heighten the need to please the alienating parent.
  • Erasing the other parent from the life and mind of the child through minimizing actual and symbolic contact.

Effects of Parent Alienation On The Targeted Parent

When you are a targeted parent there are many emotions that you feel on a regular basis. You may even wonder when the situation is going to end. A step in the right direction is acknowledging your feelings, so you can seek guidance from a professional.

If you are feeling depressed, fearful, confused, angry, hopeless, or anxious, contact Dr. Sue for a free consultation. In some cases unresolved loss can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Her expertise in high-conflict parenting can help you through the difficult times so you can get on the path to healing. Learn how to co-parent so you can resolve your situation today!