Co-founder and family lawyer Ginny Coleman recognised a painful lack of understanding and awareness around the growing phenomenon of Parental Alienation. This growing phenomenon has life long effects on children and destroys family connections.

Ginny reached out to a group of individuals with different skill sets from law backgrounds and counsellors to domestic abuse consultants and marketing professionals with an idea to see how we could come together to curate and create Parental Alienation training programmes for families, legal professionals and teachers.

The programmes are designed to promote awareness of Parental Alienation but importantly help professionals recognise, diagnose and intervene within their specific fields and sectors.  Our training is tailored to support solicitors and judges as well as school teachers and social services professionals.

As a group, we also recognised the need and lack of support for parents and families in conflict.  The aim of our family workshops is to promote positive co-parenting strategies and skills to help parents manage and navigate their way to a place of positive co-parenting allowing their child/ren to thrive, not just survive.

Meet Our Team

We have a highly motivated and passionate team, all of whom have first-hand experience of the damage that Parental Alienation can cause.

Ginny Coleman

Family Law

Ginny is a “feisty, tenacious and clever lawyer” and has been practising all aspects of family law in Norfolk for the last 16 years. For 11 years Ginny worked for Birketts LLP as the Norwich family team leader before joining JG Poole & Co to launch the private client division of the firm in 2019.

Ginny advises high net worth individuals on all their divorce needs as well as all aspects of relationship breakdowns. She has also carved out a niche in helping cohabitees bring applications for lump sums, settled property, school fees and periodical payments for children. Ginny has acted for a multitude of clients over the years from artists, footballers and television presenters, to farmers, business owners and lawyers. Ginny is more than happy to deal with complex issues, but will not overcomplicate a case that does not warrant it.

Ginny is also a trained collaborative lawyer and will always encourage working in an amicable and mediated manner where possible. Chambers and Partners Directory say Ginny prides herself with ‘professional prowess with an approachable, accessible manner.’

Paula Devaux

Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator

Paula DeVaux is currently working as a Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator for Norfolk, co-designer and facilitator of Norfolk’s Domestic Abuse Champion Network. The network has been a hugely successful project, with the key aim of upskilling frontline practitioners in identifying and effectively responding to Domestic Abuse. Since the commencement of the programme back in 2015, the Change Project has gone from strength to strength, winning a number of local and national awards, including The MJ Local Government Achievement Award 2018 for Public Health Improvement and awarded Norfolk County Councils Employee of the Year 2017.

Paula was initially seconded into this role from the National Probation Service, having worked in the Criminal Justice System for 12 years. Having qualified as a Probation Officer in 2005 with a BA Hons Degree in Community and Criminal Justice, Paula’s passion for working with domestic abuse developed, soon becoming her specialism.

Throughout her career she has been promoted into a number of roles including facilitating and Treatment Managing intervention programmes for male perpetrators of DA, Women’s Safety Officer Train The Trainer, MARAC Chair (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) and Senior Probation Officer. As a Senior Probation Officer Paula supervised, managed and appraised the work, performance and conduct of a team of Probation Officers and Trainees, whilst holding the strategic lead for Domestic Abuse and Female Offenders.

Paula is a qualified and experienced facilitator in a range a of interventions including IDAP (Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme), Women’s Safety Officer Train The Trainer, Freedom Programme, Whos’ In Charge, Escape The Trap and DASH Trainer (Domestic Abuse Stalking & Harassment Risk Assessment Tool). Paula has a highly respected reputation in her field and brings to the team a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to make positive change.

Julie de Ruiter

Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Julie de Ruiter is a psychotherapeutic therapist specialising in all aspects of relationship work. She is interested not only with the relationships we form with others but also the relationship we form with ourselves. She works with couples and individuals.

Her interest with the parental alienation program lies within the why’s and how psychological manipulation occurs as a consequence of relationship breakdown, the resulting behaviour patterns that can be triggered and how that behaviour subsequently impacts upon the child/children.

Debbie Lloyd

Deborah Lloyd

Mediator and Collaborative Family Lawyer

Debbie's experience places her in high regard within the Legal community. Debbie works at Birketts LLP and advises on family law issues including the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, matters relating to child, divorce, separation and disputes over jointly owned property.

Debbie is adept at representing her clients in court if desired but offers a full range of alternative dispute experience having trained as a Collaborative lawyer in 2005 and also trained with Resolution as a Family Law Mediator in December 2010. This experience enables clients to choose the process that is best suited to them. Debbie aims to manage her cases in a professional matter but with the ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward way and to reach a successful conclusion in the most cost efficient way for her clients.

Debbie gained Resolution Specialist accreditation status in 2001 in Advanced Financial Provision 1 and Children Law. She trained as a Collaborative lawyer in 2005. She is a committee member of the Norfolk Collaborative Law Group and is a member of Resolution locally. In 2010 Debbie completed her training with Resolution as a family law mediator. She is a member of East Anglian Family Mediators.

Ryan Nesbitt

Marketing

Ryan is founder of Digital Marketing agency Eastworks, specialising in Web design, Brand development, SEO and Marketing strategy.

Ryan has first hand experiences of the trials and tribulations associated with divorce, family court proceedings and parental alienation. He can empathise with the resilience required to never give up in what you believe in and is an advocate of the values that successful Co-Parenting can bring in helping children flourish when shielded from conflict.

With over 20 years experience in marketing and corporate telecoms, Ryan brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Amy Hancock

Amy Hancock

Marketing

Amy’s has spent the last 14 years specialising in marketing and brand development within the UK drinks industry, not only does she help bring creative design and a valued marketing strategy to our team but she also brings insight and first hand experience of a high conflict separation with lengthy family court proceedings. She understands how easy it is for parents to get lost amongst painful raw emotions, especially, in cases involving domestic abuse. Amy is passionate about sharing her experiences with professionals to help create awareness around Parental Alienation and Domestic Abuse.

Amy is also a trained facilitator of The Freedom Programme and provides one to one support for survivors of domestic abuse going through family court proceedings, helping them make sense of a horrible mess. Amy strongly believes that with the right support and training in place, even in high conflict situations, parents and professionals can be guided to make better more child focussed decisions ensuring all the needs of the children are met.