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Parental Alienation Assessment and Treatment

Looking for psychological assistance with parental alienation?

Parental alienation occurs when a parent attempts to turn children against or withhold them from contact with the other parent.

If this behavior appears to be happening to your child or children, and if you live in the state of Colorado, you have found the right place.

Parental alienation

  • Harms children.
  • Deprives parents and grandparents of their rightful parenting and grand-parenting role.
  • Is increasingly considered a form of child abuse
  • Is a child protection issue.  Is also an assault on parental and grandparental rights.

Dr. Heitler’s Parental Alienation Assessment and Treatment Center aims to

  • Refer you to specialty-trained psychological evaluators who assess whether there is abusive behavior on the part of either parent
  • Help parents to clarify a course of action to repair the family relationships
  • Suggest specialty-trained therapists for reconnecting children with the alienated parent
  • Conduct psychological evaluations for purposes of court decision-making
  • Offer treatment to reintegrate children with an alienated parent

Contact the Parental Alienation Center at the TherapyHelp psychology offices.

Reach us by phone or email.  Our staff is in the office from 8:30 to 4:30, Mondays through Thursdays.  They are there to discuss your concerns and to refer you to appropriate helpful professionals.

  • 303-388-4211
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  • connect with us via the Contact Us form

Resources for understanding parental alienation

Parents who find themselves in an alienated situation typically experience a painful fog of confusion.  They reel in defensive feelings, confused about how they could be being accused of actions that they have not done.  They look back on the many ways they have been a good parent and do not understand why these no longer appear to be in either the child’s or the alienating parent’s memory.  They feel depressed at seeming to have lost their child, fearful about the harm being done to their child, and angry at being blamed as the toxic one.

Defense therefore against an alienation situation must be to learn about at least the following five facets of alienation:

  1. the psychological roots of alienation
  2. the typical progession of alienation situations, from mild to moderate to severe
  3. how alienation can be evaluated
  4. how alienation is best treated psychologically
  5. how to handle the legal proceedings necessary in most cases to rectify an alienation situation

Parental alienation information on the internet.

The following websites offer much excellent information on all of these topics.  Read up. Information is power.

  1. On, search the topic of parental alienation.  I have posted several articles on alienation on my blog there. In addition, psychologists Amy Baker, Linda Gottlieb, Edward Kruk and others also have posted articles on the site that can give you a strong foundation of alienation understanding.
  2. Check out Simply Parent for more information and programs on parental alienation. 
  3. See this article on alienation which has a particularly good graphic explaining the phenomenon.  You can use this graphic to respond to those who oppose the use of the alienation term.  It hopefully can help you in court.
  4. Join the Parental Alienation Study Group (PASG).  Their articles collection is among the best I’ve seen.  I’d recommend that you download and print out a number of these articles to use for educating the legal and psychological professionals you work with.
  5. Dr. Craig Childress has written extensively on alienation.  Read his work here.
  6. Linda Gottlieb has excellent articles on her website.  She’s the very best on treatment to help kids reconnect with the targeted parent and to overcome the abusive impacts of the alienation.
  7. For a comprehensive and excellent list of further resources from Europe as well as the US, see this listing by Nick Child of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Parental alienation is a global phenomenon that legal, psychological and parent groups worldwide now are addressing.
  8. One of the best and for sure the most current overall articles, especially for giving to lawyers, judges, and therapy professionals.  Very clear that PAS is child abuse.  Clear about what the courts need to be doing. Boch-Galhau, W. von: Parental Alienation (Syndrome) – A serious form of psychological child abuse:
    Ment Health Fam Med (2018) 14: 725 – 739 (English translation/double blinded peer-reviewed)
  9. Jennifer Harman, PhD has just published an important paper on alienation in the highly respected journal Psychological Bulletin.  See this review of the article.

Books on parental alienation

  1. Books by Amy Baker offer a good starting point.
  2. This  Parental Alienation Handbook is a more academic and very comprehensive book that legal and psychological professionals might want to check out.
  3. Search parental alienation on Amazon for many more titles.

Support groups for parents and grandparents of alienated children

  1. In the Denver area, a therapist named Phillip runs an excellent free monthly support group.  You can find out more about this group here.
  2. Familyaccess offers a monthly free telephone-based lecture and question-answer session.  These Sunday programs are  generally attended by over 800 alienated parents and grandparents and by both legal and psychological professionals from around the globe. Get both support and current cutting edge information at these monthly conference calls
  3. Join the free group at  They have excellent information.

Treatment for alienated children

The article at this link, which is by Linda K. Gottlieb, explains the kind of therapy that works with severely alienated children.  Less intensive versions work with less fully alienated children.

Not that in most cases, for therapy to be effective, the child and the alienated parent need to be in the same room, talking with each other.  If “reunification therapy” does not include the alienated parent in treatment with the child, it most likely will not accomplish anything and may even intensify the alienation.

Colorado Professionals Who Understand Parental Alienation

David Littman is a highly skilled Denver professional, a lawyer with a strong mental health background who has handled cases of parental alienation for many years. Excellent CFI (Child/Family Investigator).

1772 Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80218
Tel. – 303-832-4200   Fax – 303-832-9322
Family Law, Collaborative Law, Mediation & Arbitration
Child & Family Investigator (CFI) and Child Legal Representation (CLR)

Jennifer Harman, PhD is a professor in Fort Collins who can serve as an expert witness explaining parental alienation to courts.  Her recently published article on parental alienation in Psychological Bulletin takes a giant step forward in explaining this phenomenon to the psychology profession.  For more information on the kinds of testimony she can offer in court cases, in person or via Skype, see here.  See this overview of her important article:


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