Childhood Emotional Neglect Surrey| Psychological Therapy
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Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)

Mental Health Problems | Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) | The Psychology Company

Childhood emotional neglect is harder to identify than abuse and physical neglect but can have just as much of a detrimental impact. Whereas abuse is active, emotional neglect is all about what should have happened and didn’t happen. It’s a failure to pay attention to, attune and respond to a child’s feelings. This doesn’t mean a parent didn’t love their child, they just may not have known how to respond to their child’s moods and emotions. People who have grown up with CEN often feel very lonely, unfulfilled, disconnected and empty, they can have difficulty knowing and trusting their own emotions and may have difficulties understanding the feelings of others. Because CEN is all about what didn’t happen to us it can be harder to remember and thus people often can’t explain why they feel the way they do and may thus blame themselves for their difficulties.


Some of us here at The Psychology Company have undertaken training in Childhood Emotional Neglect and work with clients who have grown up in emotionally neglectful families to give them a way of understanding their feelings and offer an explanation to their struggles.

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Dr Olivia Thrift

Dr Olivia Thrift

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Dr Olivia Thrift is a the founder of The Psychology Company and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. She specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness. Dr Thrift offers online therapy sessions.

Dr Sarah Whitaker

Dr Sarah Whitaker


Dr Sarah Whitaker is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working from our Petersfield practice in Hampshire. Dr Whitaker specialises in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness. Dr Whitaker also provides online or telephone therapy if preferred.

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Dr Lucy Furlong

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Dr Lucy Forlong is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working from our Petersfield practice in Hampshire. Dr Furlong is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy and can also offer online therapy if preferred.


Dr Carly Samson


Dr Carly Samson is a Clinical Psychologist Petersfield with over 15 years of clinical experience. She works with a wide range of mental health, emotional and life problems. She offers online therapy.

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Justine Pulver

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Justine Pulver is a Consultant Psychologist working from our Haywards Heath practice in West Sussex. Justine is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy and can also offer online therapy if preferred.

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