Back to Basics – How a Child Becomes Alienated

Karen Woodall

The Family Separation Clinic regards the problem of alienation in a child as one which is caused by many factors and one which is a spectrum experience.  This means that the alienation response in the child ranges from mild to severe and that the psychologically split state of mind which underpins alienation can range from sporadic to permanently seen.

In assessing the presence of the alienation reaction in the child we use a wide range of tools to evaluate, including the presence of coercive control.  Where we suspect pure alienation (the child is captured in a dynamic caused by a psychologically unwell parent), we seek evaluation for personality disorder and in some cases where it is observed, for encapsulated delusion in parent and child.

Our focus however is always the child because we know that the psychologically split state of mind is caused not simply by psychologically unwell parents but…

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