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Severe Parental Alienation: A Mental Health Emergency

Dr. Heitler: I agree. See my earlier post on what therapists need to know to treat alienation effectively as per the targeted-parent and alienated-child reunification treatment developed by therapists such as Linda Gottlieb, MSW and Richard Warshak, Ph.D.

Dalia Erel: In addition, I use a therapy model developed by Dr. Inbal Baron. This treatment method works by having both parents together build a shared understanding of the needs of the child. That is, we focus on the child’s need for a stable and healthy connection with both of their parents.

The court plays potentially crucial roles. Initially, family courts may need to remove severely alienated children from all contact with the alienating parent. They need to transfer full domicile and decision-making to the targeted parent in order to allow the child a phase of safe time and space to rebond with the targeted parent without fear of retribution from the alienator.

The court also may need to stipulate that subsequent alienation behaviors will incur serious penalties such as extended the period of time when contact between the child and the alienator is not allowed, issuing fines, and even imposing jail on repeat offenders.

Again, responding to alienating behaviors with URGENCY is imperative.

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Severe Parental Alienation: A Mental Health Emergency | Psychology Today UK

Dr.. Heitler: I have had at least one case in which a physically abusive (to the mother) and alienating dad with half-time parenting trained the son to be physically abusive to his mother, both during their marriage and post-divorce. The mother still was able to see her son, but in response to his episodic pushing and punching, encouraged by the father, the mother was considering removing herself from further contact with the young man. Have you seen that kind of situation?

Dalia Erel: Yes, alas. In situations where domestic abuse has occurred, the court is always at risk for believing an abuser’s false accusations. These accusations can permit the alienating parent to continue post-divorce his abuse both of the child and of the targeted parent. The courts have a huge responsibility to get these cases right lest their decisions make the situation worse.

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Textcare | emotional support | SANE, mental illness charity

Textcare is designed to provide emotional support and connection at the times you need it most. We provide bespoke one-way messages directly to your mobile phone.

This is a confidential service for those aged 16 and over, and each message sent will be individually written for you based on the information you give us in the form below. For this reason, you need to submit your request a minimum of 72 hours before the time you would like to receive a message, and we can’t send you more than one message in a seven day period.

Textcare is not a crisis service, and we can only respond to requests by the person who wants to receive the texts, not to ones sent on another person’s behalf.

We may on certain occasions call you to clarify what support might be helpful for us to include in our Textcare service to you.

You can choose if you would like one, three or five messages. If you would like to continue the support beyond this time, simply make another request.

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If you feel you are in crisis, you might like to know about some options for help and support in addition to the free help available from SANE.

General crisis support:

– Ring or text a friend or family member.

– Ring SANEline on 0300 304 7000 between 4.30pm and 10.30pm each evening.

– Ring Samaritans any time on 116 123. They offer a listening service.

– Ring NHS 111 by dialling 111.

– Go to your local accident and emergency department if you are feeling suicidal, or if you have self-harmed and are concerned about it.

If you already have contact with mental health services:

– Contact your local community mental health team.

– Contact your crisis team if you have one.

If you have had no contact with mental health services, eg it may be the first time you or someone else has been in crisis:

– Contact your out-of-hours GP service. Google ‘out of hours GP in x’ (give your location).

– Alternatively, your GP surgery will usually provide an answer phone message advising you of who to contact in an emergency, together with other useful telephone numbers.

– Make an appointment with your regular GP, as this is usually the first point of contact for anyone concerned about mental health problems.

– Go to your local accident and emergency department if you are feeling suicidal, or if you have self-harmed and are concerned about it.

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SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. We are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.

Our helpline is here to support you when you feel you have reached a moment of crisis. We know that moment of crisis is different for everybody – some people can reach that point daily, and for some people it is a rare occurrence.

Our helpline volunteers are empathic and non-judgemental, providing a space and time for you to talk about your mental health, or the mental health of someone close to you.

The helpline is a confidential service for those aged 16 or over. For more information on confidentiality, please click here.

Anybody is welcome to call us if you need to talk, or want support.

Getting through to SANEline: Our lines can be busy, but our lines are open every night. If you keep trying, you are likely to get through. It may be easier to get through between 4.30pm and 5pm, and 8pm and 9pm; it may also be easier to get through on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Call charges: SANE does not charge for its services but your phone provider may charge you. We have an 0300 number and this means helpline calls cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers from a landline, and they are included in inclusive and free minutes on mobiles.

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Emotional Support


We offer one-to-one support for those times you feel you need it most – this could be when you have a problem with your own mental health, or when someone close to you is struggling.

We provide this support through SANEline, the only national out-of-hours specialist helpline for people affected by mental illness.

SANE wants you to feel like you always have someone to turn to, offering non-judgmental, compassionate support when many services are closed.

Caller Care

We recognise that in order to access the right support some people need more space to explore what’s going on for them than the helpline is designed to offer. For those people we have a number of other services to provide more extensive support such as Textcare, Callbacks and replying to your letters and emails.

SANE wants you to feel consistently supported, and able to move forward.


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