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Adele Freeman

Name: Dr Adele Freeman

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist

Current place of work: The Child Psychology Service

What is Blocked Care and how do I know if I have it?

I recently wrote about why, as a therapist, we often prioritise work with parents over working directly with young people (Click Here). In a nutshell, this is because working in this way offers the best possible chance of strengthening the attachment between a young person and their parent or carer and it is this relationship that offers the best hope of healing for a traumatised child.

As part of this article I mentioned something called ‘blocked care’ and thought it might be helpful to revisit this concept – what it is, why it happens, how to spot it, and what to do if you recognise it in yourself.

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