family estrangement resources

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Resources for Adult Children

Non-Profit Support Organizations

Together Estranged (U.S. based)

Stand Alone (U.K. based)

Therapist Directories

Open Path Collective (lower cost counseling)

Psychology Today

Therapy Den

Trauma Therapist Network

Therapy for Black Girls

Melanin & Mental Health

Latinx Therapy

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Gaylesta (Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity)

Neurodivergent Therapists

Inclusive Therapists

Hotlines

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: call 988 or 1-800-273-8255

Blackline (support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ+ affirming): call 1-800-604-584

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 74174

Trans Lifeline: call 1-877-565-8860

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+ young people): call 1-866-488-7386

12-Step Groups

Al-Anon

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

Co-Dependents Anonymous

Podcasts

Sherapy Sessions: Cutting Toxic Family Ties (Sherrie Campbell)

Adult Child Podcast (Andrea Ashely)

Books

Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members by Sherrie Campbell

But It’s Your Family: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath by Sherrie Campbell

Rejected, Shamed, and Blamed: Help and Hope for Adults in the Family Scapegoat Role by Rebecca Mandeville

Disentangling from Emotionally Immature People by Lindsay Gibson

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents and Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay Gibson

Toxic Parents by Susan Forward

If You Had Controlling Parents by Dan Neurharth

Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect by Jonice Webb

The Emotionally Absent Mother by Jasmin Lee Cori

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Stephanie Kriesberg

Perfect Daughters by Robert Ackerman

Silent Sons by Robert Ackerman

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

The Disease to Please by Harriet Braiker

Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz

The Better Boundaries Workbook by Sharon Martin

Resources for Parents

Support Groups

Done with Crying Parent Group led by Roberta Wasserman (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for info on this group)

Therapists and Educational Resources

Family Support Resources

Dr. Joshua Coleman (webinars + more)

Dr. Tina Gilbertson (podcast + more)

Sheri McGregor

Books

Coleman, J. (2021). Rules of Estrangement: Why Adult Children Cut Ties and How to Heal the Conflict.

Pillemer, K. (2020). Fault Lines.

Gilbertson, T. (2020). Reconnecting with Your Estranged Adult Child: Practical Tips and Tools to Heal Your Relationship.

Davis, L. (2003). I thought we’d never speak again: The road from estrangement to reconciliation.

McGregor, S. (2016). Done with Crying.

McCoy, K. (2017). We Don’t Talk Anymore: Healing after Parents and Their Adult Children Become Estranged.

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