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Reconnecting Split Families in the Consulting Room

Elena Lesser Bruun • 12/12/2014

When someone has been cut off by a family member, he or she often feels immense hurt, incomprehension, rage, rejection, and a sense of injustice. Of course, this can be true for the initiator of a cutoff as well. Even when someone initiates a cutoff for legitimate reasons, the initiator is still likely to experience regret, sadness, and longing for what might have been. Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, and comes with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines. But by taking the right steps toward initial reconciliation and properly managing in-session discussions, it's possible to mend broken ties in a way that satisfies everyone.

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Get Out of My Life! Working with Cut-off Family Members in the Consulting Room

Elena Lesser Bruun • 11/12/2014

Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines.


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Making Family Therapy Happen

Reconnecting Split Families in the Consulting Room

Elena Lesser Bruun • 12/12/2014

When someone has been cut off by a family member, he or she often feels immense hurt, incomprehension, rage, rejection, and a sense of injustice. Of course, this can be true for the initiator of a cutoff as well. Even when someone initiates a cutoff for legitimate reasons, the initiator is still likely to experience regret, sadness, and longing for what might have been. Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, and comes with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines. But by taking the right steps toward initial reconciliation and properly managing in-session discussions, it's possible to mend broken ties in a way that satisfies everyone.

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Case Study

Get Out of My Life! Working with Cut-off Family Members in the Consulting Room

Elena Lesser Bruun • 11/12/2014

Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines.


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Elena Lesser Bruun, Ed.D., L.M.F.T., is currently in private practice in New York City. She is coauthor of two books, Marrying Well and Not on Speaking Terms.