Episode 15: Do You Need an Estrangement Specialist for Therapy?

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As the rejected parent of an estranged adult child, you might seek out an estrangement specialist for therapy. You want someone with a certain amount of compassion for what you’re going through – which would probably be someone who’s been there. Right?

Apart from your podcast host, Tina Gilbertson, most professionals who specialize in estrangement coaching are, or have been, involved in their own estrangements.

In this episode, Tina shares both good and bad news. The bad news is that estrangement specialists are exceedingly hard to find, and there probably isn’t one near you.

The good news is, you really don’t need a specialist in estrangement, or even someone who’s been there themselves, to get good support.

Research on compassion for distress indicates that people who’ve been there and overcome estrangement may be less, not more, compassionate than people who’ve never experienced what you’re going through.

That’s counter-intuitive, but apparently true of these folks as a group (not necessarily as individuals).

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