Sometimes families need a therapist to shine their torchlight into the family and for them to say, “I can see this…can you?” Closeness can be wonderful, but there can also be blind sides in the most intimate of family relationships; blind sides that hinder, not help, the family dynamic.
I can help neurodivergent families to interpret each other differently, and to help make sense of situations and processes that might have a malevolent feel to them, despite coming from an innocent backdrop. Parents with differing neurologies can often be “not on same page” parents. This can create confusion in the child/children.
I am particularly expert in parental alienation that may result from autistic/neurotypical parental relationships. Parental alienation doesn’t just happen to young children, it can happen with adult children also.
Parental alienation can be covert e.g. “mum/dad would say that” or overt e.g. “mum/dad is a fool…ignore him/her”. This can be heart-breaking for the alienated parent, and, if the child who is under the alienator’s spell has autism, then their ability to discern the rights and wrongs of the parental dynamic may be impacted by the way they think, by holding on to rigid, alternative logic belief systems, that may lead to the closing of a door on a parent forever.
In summary, parental alienation is heart-breaking, and can endure for years, if not an eternity.