When the relationship between a parent and child has been disrupted, and it is desirable for them to be reunited, courts often enlist the help of a therapist to facilitate reunification. Most commonly, the non-custodial parent and the child have spent significant time apart. The therapist’s role includes making sure the parent and child reestablish their relationship in a safe manner and at a pace that is right for the child.
Reunification therapy involves different kinds of sessions, usually once per week over 8 to 12 weeks. Reestablishing the connection between a parent and child can be a relatively simple process, or it can be moderately or extremely complicated depending on the circumstances. In more complicated cases, there may be many sessions with the child prior to involving the non-custodial parent. While much of the process can come naturally for some parents and some children, there are many pitfalls that can be avoided with an experienced professional’s guidance.