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Divorcing a High-Conflict Personality

By Leslie Fineberg on March 7, 2013

Therapists want us to get in touch with our true feelings.  Their goal is to help us become self-assured and self-aware in order to remove ourselves from poisonous relationships and discover what we truly want out of life.  According to Virginia Gilbert, MFT, licensed family and marriage therapist, in an article published in The Huffington Post, knowledgeable marriage therapists can help us to find our voice and improve our quality of life.

How could this type of personal awareness and growth be dangerous?  It could be dangerous in a high-conflict divorce especially when children are present in the marriage.  Marriage therapists working with partners, who are divorcing narcissists, need to invert the traditional goal of therapy. Expressing true feelings, being self-aware, and being apologetic can be terrible mistakes in a high-conflict divorce.

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Being a Part-Time Parent in a Full-Time Way

By Nottage and Ward on February 19, 2013

According to Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D, family therapist and licensed psychologist, many professionals and parents alike hate the word “visiting” as it often is applied to the non-custodial parent. Accepting being referred to as the “visiting” parent is like accepting that parenting is no longer a shared responsibility after divorce. In the past, being given “visitation” with your children meant every other weekend and some holidays. That arrangement has been undergoing change during the last 20 years or so.

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