Where to find someone?

Finding a qualified mental health professional who has experience in dealing with parental alienation can be a challenging task. Here are some suggestions on where to look:

  1. Referrals from family law attorneys: Family law attorneys who have experience working with parental alienation cases may have contacts with mental health professionals who specialize in this area. They can provide you with a list of qualified professionals who have experience working with families affected by parental alienation.
  2. Referrals from support groups: Support groups for families affected by parental alienation may also have recommendations for mental health professionals who have experience working with this issue. These groups may be found online or in-person in your local community.
  3. Online directories: There are online directories that specialize in helping individuals find mental health professionals with experience in treating parental alienation. Examples include the National Parental Alienation Directory and the Parental Alienation Institute.
  4. Professional associations: Professional associations such as the American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, or the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy may have directories of qualified mental health professionals who specialize in family therapy and have experience working with parental alienation.
  5. Personal referrals: You may also ask for referrals from trusted friends, family members, or healthcare providers who may have had experience with a qualified mental health professional who specializes in parental alienation.

It is important to note that finding the right mental health professional for your specific needs and situation may take some time and research. It is essential to seek out someone who has experience and training in working with parental alienation, and who you feel comfortable working with.

©Linda Turner 2023

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What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to help people process traumatic memories and other distressing experiences. It is based on the idea that when a traumatic or distressing experience is not fully processed, it can cause psychological distress. EMDR helps people to process these experiences in a more adaptive way, leading to reduced distress and improved functioning.


Take Care of Your Mind

How many can you tick?


Cognitive Restructuring

How did this thought come to me?

Was my source reliable?


You Are Not Your Thoughts

When certain thoughts trigger your amygdala and the associated alarm systems, an altered form of consciousness that we call anxious thinking arises. Linda – Always By Your Side


The Limbic System

One could say that a life without amygdala is a life stripped of personal meanings.


The Smiling Assassin

We are masters of the back-handed compliment, the flattery which is actually a form of provocation, the kings of seemingly pleasant comments which are really put downs. We appear with that radiant and broad smile as we then slip a stiletto knife between your ribs with deft ease. Nobody else sees us do this. It appears to everyone else, as we stand there with our false smile plastered across our faces, that we are giving you a loving hug. Our outside appearance to the world and the maintenance of our façade remains intact as we slip through your defences and land a blow against you. We revel in seeing you smiling in return, your eyes lighting up with delight at our benign manner towards you only then for you to realise the import of what we have actually said. As the metaphorical dagger pierces your skin, you realise that is actually meant by what we have said to you. It appeared as a compliment but in actual fact we have told you something which will trouble you, upset you or anger you. Your eyes narrow with confusion and we see that look of uncertainty cross your face as you cannot quite believe what is happening. Did you hear what we said correctly? Have you misinterpreted the comment that we made? Did we really just say that? We can see how you are torn between wanting to accept the supposed compliment and then that sinking sensation as you realise that we have just made a barbed comment which appeared to be a pleasant one. The look on your face is akin to the look of bewildered astonishment that one might see on a wildebeest as it is brought to ground by a hungry lion and is eaten alive from behind. It cannot quite comprehend what is happening and neither can you.

Read more: The Smiling Assassin

How Depression can be a Smiling Assassin

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions that can strike adults and children alike. The typical symptoms of depression are well described in most of the articles and literature published online.

However, it is less known that there are some atypical forms of Depression that can fool people around them. One deceptive form of Depression is “Smiling Depression”, where the affected person does not exhibit the normal signs of depression such as low energy or low mood or self-esteem, and the stuckness of a lack of interest in life.

This form of Depression is subject to debate amongst professionals who clinically report seeing clients who present as happy and coping, but report that internally they feel the same way as your typical depressed person. This type of depressed person is showing a false social mask towards others in order to hide from them the fact they are depressed.

This social mask is a feature of all humans. We each wear a social mask in public and in relationships as our ego projects a socially acceptable camouflaging presentation of ourselves when relating. This social mask is part of our safety making, as it gives us the best chance of being socially accepted and included into a tribe or group as against existing in isolation.

The second safety making aspect of the social mask is that it allows us to hide aspects of ourselves that make us vulnerable or judged and so prevents us from being attacked or scrutinised beyond “face value”. When viewed in this way it makes sense that some people can cover up their depression via deploying a smiling or happy social mask to others.
Coercive Control coercive control EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Britney Spears – Trauma Response

Britney’s childhood – long before the conservatorship was put in place – is also rearing its head in her life now.     

‘Growing up in the public eye, Britney learnt that love was conditional and that simply being Britney Spears was not enough. She needed to take on roles. She had to perform a role, earn money and keep her family in the lifestyle they wanted, meaning she had to keep on playing that role.

Psychologist Dr Tony Ortega told FEMAIL finding a new path after being forced to live under the control of dad Jamie Spears could spark ‘reckless behaviour’



In relation to the mind, propositions are discussed primarily as they fit into propositional attitudes. Propositional attitudes are simply attitudes characteristic of folk psychology (belief, desire, etc.) that one can take toward a proposition (e.g. ‘it is raining,’ ‘snow is white,’ etc.). In English, propositions usually follow folk psychological attitudes by a “that clause” (e.g. “Jane believes that it is raining”). In philosophy of mind and psychology, mental states are often taken to primarily consist in propositional attitudes. The propositions are usually said to be the “mental content” of the attitude. For example, if Jane has a mental state of believing that it is raining, her mental content is the proposition ‘it is raining.’ Furthermore, since such mental states are about something (namely, propositions), they are said to be intentional mental states.

Explaining the relation of propositions to the mind is especially difficult for non-mentalist views of propositions, such as those of the logical positivists and Russell described above, and Gottlob Frege‘s view that propositions are Platonist entities, that is, existing in an abstract, non-physical realm.[3] So some recent views of propositions have taken them to be mental. Although propositions cannot be particular thoughts since those are not shareable, they could be types of cognitive events[4] or properties of thoughts (which could be the same across different thinkers).[5]

Philosophical debates surrounding propositions as they relate to propositional attitudes have also recently centered on whether they are internal or external to the agent, or whether they are mind-dependent or mind-independent entities. For more, see the entry on internalism and externalism in philosophy of mind.