Author Archives: Dr Laura Monk

About Dr Laura Monk

I am a researcher and counselling tutor based at University of Nottingham. My doctoral research investigated how to improve professionals' responses to mothers who become separated from their children. I developed a training workshop for the professionals who mothers come into contact with - largely at the intersection of health and social care, the family courts and domestic abuse services. I am also a counsellor and psychotherapist and offer feminist therapy for survivors of domestic abuse - especially coercive control. I am a Women's Aid domestic violence prevention advocate.

How to Use this Book

This post follows on from yesterday’s post (25th July 2018) the one prior to that on the 24th. It is the final section in the introductory paragraph of the book I am writing for mothers apart. This section explains how … Continue reading

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Who I am Now and Why I Wrote this Particular Book

This post follows on from yesterday’s (23rd July 2018) and is the second part of the Introduction to my book, planned for mothers apart. All feedback welcome 🙂 Introduction   Who I am Now and Why I Wrote this Particular … Continue reading

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A Personal Introduction

So, I’ve now written the first draft of a book proposal and sent it out to a publisher to see what they think. As part of the proposal, I wrote an introduction to the book, which I am sharing with … Continue reading

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Writing a Book for Mothers Apart

This week I’ve started writing a book that has been many years in the making. Before this week, I’ve been preparing to spend some time working out exactly what type of book it is that I want to write… a … Continue reading

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Diagnoses are Risky for Mothers Apart

As you can imagine, mothers who have become separated from their children through family courts processes are usually profoundly distressed. Often survivors of trauma, abuse and violence, they sometimes just exist rather than have any quality of life. Estrangements might … Continue reading

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Escaping a loop of unwanted thoughts

I am writing this post to help a client who has been experiencing overwhelming, unwanted and seemingly uncontrollable frightening and distressing thoughts. I hope that it might be helpful to whoever reads it. I have a great deal of personal … Continue reading

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My Practice

Source: My Practice

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