Therapeutic Services: Adoption and Foster Care

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Prior to specializing as an adoption and attachment therapist, I was an adoption placement social worker, long term orphanage volunteer in Eastern Europe, adoptive sister and host parent. This background knowledge gives me a unique empathy for both adoptive parents and the children who experienced institutional life, foster care or a relational trauma prior to joining their new family.

I am happy to provide therapy for INFANTS, TODDLERS, CHILDREN, TEEN AND ADULT adoptees.

Typical issues addressed in adoption adjustment therapy:

  • Attachment and trust issues
  • Child abuse
  • Grief and loss
  • Hoarding
  • Lying or manipulative behaviors
  • Self-harm
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Etc.

11396038-happy-young-mixed-race-ethnic-family-playing-together-with-bubbles-in-the-parkTechniques Utilized for Children and Families:

  • Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI/Purvis)
  • Theraplay/Dyadic Developmental Psychology- parent(s) and child will engage in attachment-promoting activities together during sessions
  • Play and Art Therapy- therapeutic games, artistic expressions, role playing and skill-building activities in order to address areas of concerns

Techniques Utilized for Adult Adoptees:

Therapy is available with the help of specialized curriculum, to address topics such as difficulty maintaining relationships, anger/sadness/fear and identity.
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