The Thornley Family
In the third programme of the new series, Clinical Psychologist David Coleman travels to Kinnegad to meet working mum Vivienne Thornley at a particularly stressful time in her life. Her au pair has just left. Her children are misbehaving. And now her separated husband, who has very different ideas on parenting, has moved back in to 'help'.
Vivienne's two children 3 year old Reuben and 5 year old Arabelle have been hit hard by the separation of their parents. In particular, Reuben's bedtime routine is in tatters. Always difficult to get to bed, his bad bed behaviour has escalated in the last year and he frequently cries for anything up to six hours if mum tries to leave him. He also refuses to stay in his own bed, sometimes coming downstairs up to 85 times a night until mum gives in and allows him into her bed.
It's left to David to come in - not only to try and provide intervention for the children, but also for the parents. But with so much change going on in the children's life - will he be able to help Reuben's separation anxiety whilst encouraging the parents to finally separate?
Produced by stop.watch Television for RTÉ, Families in Trouble is now into its second run and features Clinical Psychologist David Coleman giving practical hands-on advice to parents. Working with families over a course of a month, David makes an initial assessment by watching footage of the family filmed on special cameras set up in the home. From there he develops his strategy for change, which helps to coach parents through their traumatic times.