Adult Children Who’ve Cut Ties with their Families
If this is your first time here, welcome!
This page is a great place to start if:
- You’re an adult child looking to heal and cope with family estrangement.
- You’re an adult child of a dysfunctional family.
- You’ve cut ties with some or all of your family.
- You’re considering cutting ties with your family.
- You’re struggling to maintain boundaries with “toxic”, emotionally immature, narcissistic, abusive, or otherwise dysfunctional parents or family members.
- You have an on-again, off-again relationship with your family.
Come in and stay for a while (or bookmark this page so you can come back later). Below you’ll find my best resources to support you in healing and coping with family estrangement.
Let’s get acquainted
I’m Sharon Martin, a licensed psychotherapist and author specializing in helping adults who’ve experienced developmental trauma. This includes adult child issues, family estrangement, codependency, people-pleasing, and perfectionism.
I created this website to share resources and support with folx who struggle with self-criticism, feeling inadequate, setting boundaries, and other dysfunctional relationships.
I hope the information you find here supports your journey toward emotional health and healing
You can read more about me here.
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Therapy & Support
Therapy and support are important parts of healing from family estrangement.
- Therapy. There are a number of ways to find a therapist. You can use an online directory such as PsychologyToday.com, TherapyDen.com, or TraumaTherapistNetwork.com. You can also conduct your own search online. However, it’s important to note that U.S. therapists are licensed independently by each state. So, you need to find a therapist who is licensed to practice in the state where you reside (even if you are using telehealth). You can also ask your physician, clergy, or a trusted friend for a referral. If you intend to use health insurance to pay for therapy, you can also locate a provider through your insurance plan directory (ask the person responsible for benefits in your HR department for assistance, if needed). For low cost counseling, try Open Path Collective or look for a non-profit counseling center in your area.
- Support groups. Many 12-step groups are appropriate for people struggling with family estrangement or dysfunctional family relationships. They include Codependent’s Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families, and Al-Anon. 12-step meetings are free and available in many locations, including online and telephone meetings.