GRAND Magazine - May/June 2019 - 40

invisible grands

The king of healing family estrangement
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BY PAT HANSON

've dubbed psychologist Dr. Joshua Coleman "The King of Healing Estrangement." He's a remarkable individual who's making a significant contribution to raising the consciousness of the importance of healing in our
society.

Dr. Coleman has authored four books, the best seller of which is When Parents Hurt: Compassionate
Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along. In addition to his books and many speaking
engagements, Dr. Coleman also shares his wisdom on his free Q & A for estranged parents every Monday at
11:30 am PDT. He also has a webinar series for estranged parents on Tuesday evenings.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Coleman just before his keynote address to the
Alienated Grandparents Anonymous conference in March.
When, why and how did you come to specialize in
estrangement?
My interest in estrangement started with my daughter's cutting off contact with me for a few years in her
early 20s. Thankfully we reconciled but there was nothing
to provide guidance at the time and I didn't want other
parents to go through the hell that I did.
What is your family status?
I'm married for 30 years. I have three children, twin
boys who are 26 and a daughter who is 38. I
also have a 13- year-old grandson.
How comfortable are you with the prospects for your own aging?
I'm comfortable with it, in part because
of the comfort and support I get from family
and friends.
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Where did you grow up?
I was born in Texas, raised in Dayton Ohio and moved
to California after college.
What or who has been the greatest influence on
your life?
My wife, my children and my close friends.
I've heard you're a musician, tell me more.
I play guitar, and I also write music for tv and film. You
can check some of my music here:
Your knowledge of 12 Steps is strong. Are you in
recovery?
No, I used to work in the addiction field and have
many clients and friends in recovery.
What makes your soul sing? Makes you the
happiest?
When one of my clients has a reconciliation and the
whole family is turned around from negativity and hurt to
healing. My work is my happiness.

Dr. Pat Hanson is a seasoned health educator, public
speaker, and workshop facilitator. She is the author
of Invisible Grandparenting: Leave A Legacy Of
Love Whether You Can Be There or Not. She is the
author of Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy
of Love whether You Can be There or Not and In
Search of Stillness: My Final Frontier.


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