"Cara Koch's From Heartbreak to Healing: Resolving Parental Alienation provides the reader with the knowledge of the author's academic know-how derived from her own lived experience of the phenomenon.... an excellent resource for social, legal and mental health professionals, scholars and parents who struggle to understand and provide best practices and remedies to and with families where parental alienation is considered to be a factor." — Brian O'Sullivan, MSc | Systemic Family Psychotherapist & Co-Founder of Parental Alienation Europe
"Once parental alienation is in place, it can last a lifetime. Cara's revealing book is a tell-all of one parent's mercurial journey to stay connected against all odds." — William Bernet, M.D. | Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University
"... a profound contribution to the literature on parental alienation. Using her own narrative to set the stage, Dr. Koch summarizes current research and clinical understanding of this problem and presents this information in easy-to-understand ways for parents to apply to their own lives." —Jennifer Harman, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University, Co-Author of When Parents Behave Badly
From Heartbreak to Healing is a comprehensive introduction to a common but often unrecognized family dynamic called parental alienation, which is a serious form of both child and spouse abuse that occurs when one parent turns their child against the other parent for no justified reason—often during divorce or separation. It is a serious form of both child and spouse abuse that occurs throughout the world.
This go-to book for parents who do not know what to do when their child rejects them, is based on the author’s personal experience as an alienated parent years before the experience had a name. It reveals her story and how she healed her own grief, summarizes her research of the literature on this new field of parental alienation, and shares the results of the author’s nation-wide survey to interview other rejected parents firsthand about their experience of alienation.
• What parental alienation is and how it works
• Who teaches their child to reject the other parent and why
• Stories of other alienated parents
• How to find and screen parental alienation-qualified professionals
• What works to resolve alienated relationships
• Next steps YOU can take to help erase and prevent parental alienation
As a recommended resource on the International Parental Alienation Study Group website, this book is an excellent resource for social, legal, and mental health professions who want to understand and provide best practices to families suffering from parental alienation.
Cara E. Koch is a pioneer in the field of parental alienation. With 43 years of experience as an alienated parent, she writes from the perspective of her professional background in child development and family relationships, plus a doctorate in children's (innate) spirituality. Through deep introspection she overcame depression and anxiety despite remaining unreconciled with her son. After thoroughly researching parental alienation, she now knows that her relationship with her son would be very different today if she knew then what she now knows.