Adoption Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Photo of Hannah DuVon, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA
Hannah DuVon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
I specialize in early intervention, developmental screenings, behavioral intervention, attachment and bonding, child trauma and adoption.
I specialize in helping adults and children of all ages with anxiety, depression, behavior problems, attachment issues, social learning problems, oppositional behaviors, ADHD and issues of inattention, Austism spectrum behaviors, and developmental and learning disorders. I also help parents who need support and parenting coaching around attachment, bonding, discipline, limit setting,managing behaviors, support with IEPs. For the early intervention part of my practice, I see parents and young children with issues around separation anxiety, lack of self soothing, self harming, attachment with parents, and developmental delays (language, gross motor, social emotional development, etc.)
I specialize in early intervention, developmental screenings, behavioral intervention, attachment and bonding, child trauma and adoption.
I specialize in helping adults and children of all ages with anxiety, depression, behavior problems, attachment issues, social learning problems, oppositional behaviors, ADHD and issues of inattention, Austism spectrum behaviors, and developmental and learning disorders. I also help parents who need support and parenting coaching around attachment, bonding, discipline, limit setting,managing behaviors, support with IEPs. For the early intervention part of my practice, I see parents and young children with issues around separation anxiety, lack of self soothing, self harming, attachment with parents, and developmental delays (language, gross motor, social emotional development, etc.)
(408) 816-1055 View (408) 816-1055
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Sam Severin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
In addition, I am an adoption competent therapist that is able to treat families that are going through the foster care/adoption process.
I am a mental health expert committed to helping people learn how their family systems and relationships impact their sense of self. I treat couples, parents, and families whether biological or adoptive through a whole systems approach. I believe in taking a family systems, collaborative approach to helping clients/families reach their goals.
In addition, I am an adoption competent therapist that is able to treat families that are going through the foster care/adoption process.
I am a mental health expert committed to helping people learn how their family systems and relationships impact their sense of self. I treat couples, parents, and families whether biological or adoptive through a whole systems approach. I believe in taking a family systems, collaborative approach to helping clients/families reach their goals.
(510) 272-7241 View (510) 272-7241
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Debbie Denise Hanson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I help people learn skills and strategies to more effectively cope with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, life-transitions, stress, health, grief/loss, infertility, adoption, and a healthy work-life balance.
I believe all people have innate abilities and strengths that can help us lead meaningful and satisfying lives. Engaging in therapy allows us the possibility of gaining insight and clarification about ourselves and our relationships. In a warm and supportive environment, my goal is to help you connect with your authentic self, find solutions to on-going issues, work through emotional difficulties, cultivate resilience, and most importantly, to create the life you want to live.
I help people learn skills and strategies to more effectively cope with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, life-transitions, stress, health, grief/loss, infertility, adoption, and a healthy work-life balance.
I believe all people have innate abilities and strengths that can help us lead meaningful and satisfying lives. Engaging in therapy allows us the possibility of gaining insight and clarification about ourselves and our relationships. In a warm and supportive environment, my goal is to help you connect with your authentic self, find solutions to on-going issues, work through emotional difficulties, cultivate resilience, and most importantly, to create the life you want to live.
(408) 837-4598 View (408) 837-4598
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(650) 719-1562 View (650) 719-1562
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Jessica Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95136
I specialize in supporting children and adults who have experienced childhood trauma, other trauma, foster care, and adoption; as well as parents of children with these experiences. I have been working with children and adults for over 15 years both as a social worker and LCSW. Being a foster and adoptive mom as well, I have both personal and professional experience with childhood trauma, foster care, and adoption.
I specialize in supporting children and adults who have experienced childhood trauma, other trauma, foster care, and adoption; as well as parents of children with these experiences. I have been working with children and adults for over 15 years both as a social worker and LCSW. Being a foster and adoptive mom as well, I have both personal and professional experience with childhood trauma, foster care, and adoption.
(408) 668-1526 View (408) 668-1526
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Laura Plottier-Ramirez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
My specialty areas include high-acuity trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, substance use/dependency, foster-care and adoption, & probation.
Accepting NEW Clients! I'm a LMFT, first-gen immigrant, single mother of 2 beautiful biracial children, a creative artist & a director of a crisis program at a nonprofit org. Through my personal experience, I've navigated the challenges of adapting to a new culture after moving from France at 12. I experienced the struggles of displacement, longing, & searching for belonging that many first-gen immigrants face. I'm dedicated to helping you overcome obstacles, embrace your identity and find wholeness. Together, we'll explore narratives, uncover puzzle pieces, and embark on a transformative journey towards self-acceptance & resilience
My specialty areas include high-acuity trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, substance use/dependency, foster-care and adoption, & probation.
Accepting NEW Clients! I'm a LMFT, first-gen immigrant, single mother of 2 beautiful biracial children, a creative artist & a director of a crisis program at a nonprofit org. Through my personal experience, I've navigated the challenges of adapting to a new culture after moving from France at 12. I experienced the struggles of displacement, longing, & searching for belonging that many first-gen immigrants face. I'm dedicated to helping you overcome obstacles, embrace your identity and find wholeness. Together, we'll explore narratives, uncover puzzle pieces, and embark on a transformative journey towards self-acceptance & resilience
(408) 901-8072 View (408) 901-8072
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(650) 719-2310 View (650) 719-2310
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Alisha Ready
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95127
My name is Alisha Ready, LCSW. There are seasons of our lives where we may feel lost or hopeless, and unsure how to move forward. I truly believe everyone has the strength and ability to find healing and peace. My passion is to create an emotionally safe and supportive environment to support you through your brave journey. I specialize in working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, family conflict, infertility, issues related to adoption, new life transitions, postpartum mood disorders, past trauma, or disrupted attachment.
My name is Alisha Ready, LCSW. There are seasons of our lives where we may feel lost or hopeless, and unsure how to move forward. I truly believe everyone has the strength and ability to find healing and peace. My passion is to create an emotionally safe and supportive environment to support you through your brave journey. I specialize in working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, family conflict, infertility, issues related to adoption, new life transitions, postpartum mood disorders, past trauma, or disrupted attachment.
(650) 880-6241 View (650) 880-6241
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Robert Sperring
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95148
I also work with adolescents and Adoption related issues such as attachment.
Hello. My therapeutic approach honors the past but points to now, and to the future. My goal for you is the, "restoration of self" before the pain, with more happiness, and higher functioning in all aspects of your life. Together we will walk through your struggles, and we will come to the other side back to who you are; stronger, happier, and better able to deal with this thing called life. whether is it for you, as a couple, or family. Give yourself a chance to reclaim who you are and want to be.
I also work with adolescents and Adoption related issues such as attachment.
Hello. My therapeutic approach honors the past but points to now, and to the future. My goal for you is the, "restoration of self" before the pain, with more happiness, and higher functioning in all aspects of your life. Together we will walk through your struggles, and we will come to the other side back to who you are; stronger, happier, and better able to deal with this thing called life. whether is it for you, as a couple, or family. Give yourself a chance to reclaim who you are and want to be.
(408) 668-0154 View (408) 668-0154
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Ruben Gabriel Colon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
Could my therapist skill set be the perfect match for your therapy needs? I have worked as a social worker for the past 23 years and 14 of those years as a therapist. I have served children, youth and adults in various settings such as adoption and foster care; child welfare services; outpatient mental health and services for developmentally disabled individuals. Over the years, I have developed a passion for helping individuals heal from trauma, adjust to major life transitions and foster a healthy sense of identity. I am committed making sure the plan for treatment is centered on the goals and needs that we develop together.
Could my therapist skill set be the perfect match for your therapy needs? I have worked as a social worker for the past 23 years and 14 of those years as a therapist. I have served children, youth and adults in various settings such as adoption and foster care; child welfare services; outpatient mental health and services for developmentally disabled individuals. Over the years, I have developed a passion for helping individuals heal from trauma, adjust to major life transitions and foster a healthy sense of identity. I am committed making sure the plan for treatment is centered on the goals and needs that we develop together.
(855) 731-7060 View (855) 731-7060
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Tiffany Hanff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hi! I'm Tiffany. I'm a social worker and have had over 10 years of working with clients in a variety of settings. I absolutely love working with clients as they learn to smile again through whatever situation it is that they find themselves in at the time. Personally, I love traveling, photography, and spending time with my family and my dog. I have worked with clients who have experienced domestic violence/IPV, foster care and adoption, NICU, long-term medical hospitalizations, grief/loss, homelessness and caregiving stress.
Hi! I'm Tiffany. I'm a social worker and have had over 10 years of working with clients in a variety of settings. I absolutely love working with clients as they learn to smile again through whatever situation it is that they find themselves in at the time. Personally, I love traveling, photography, and spending time with my family and my dog. I have worked with clients who have experienced domestic violence/IPV, foster care and adoption, NICU, long-term medical hospitalizations, grief/loss, homelessness and caregiving stress.
(951) 458-5961 View (951) 458-5961
Photo of Angela Hicks, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA
Angela Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95133
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I provide therapy for adults, teenagers, and children. I work with individuals who have a history of trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. My approach is to meet you where you are, have a laid-back approach, and at times will be candid. I typically utilize strength-based approach, solution focus intervention, client-centered, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience with people from diverse cultures and families that have gone through adoption process.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I provide therapy for adults, teenagers, and children. I work with individuals who have a history of trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. My approach is to meet you where you are, have a laid-back approach, and at times will be candid. I typically utilize strength-based approach, solution focus intervention, client-centered, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience with people from diverse cultures and families that have gone through adoption process.
(626) 610-4017 View (626) 610-4017
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
San Jose, CA 95103
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(510) 319-0360 View (510) 319-0360
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(831) 744-7224 View (831) 744-7224
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Janelle Van der Linde
Psychological Associate, PhD, MA
Verified
San Jose, CA 95123  (Online Only)
Dr. Janelle van der Linde is a registered psychological associate with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Silicon Valley, California. She has specialized training in providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention, focusing on trauma, mood disorders, and distress related to an emotional grief, loss, relationship conflict, parent-child attachment, illness, infertility, adoption, and difficult life transitions.
Dr. Janelle van der Linde is a registered psychological associate with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Silicon Valley, California. She has specialized training in providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention, focusing on trauma, mood disorders, and distress related to an emotional grief, loss, relationship conflict, parent-child attachment, illness, infertility, adoption, and difficult life transitions.
(747) 298-5598 View (747) 298-5598
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
San Jose, CA 95106
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(510) 945-1478 View (510) 945-1478
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Hannah Ly - Therapist for Children and Teens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
I am a child therapist that specializes in helping children and teen with anxiety and trauma heal and thrive. If your child struggles with anxiety, shutting down, or tantrums, I get it. I understand how parenting children with anxiety is draining, and tiring. You want to help your child but you feel like you don’t have the proper tools or support. Here, I can help your child heal and grow through the power of play. As a Play Therapist, I use a child-centered approach that allows children to express themselves in their own unique way, using the language of play.
I am a child therapist that specializes in helping children and teen with anxiety and trauma heal and thrive. If your child struggles with anxiety, shutting down, or tantrums, I get it. I understand how parenting children with anxiety is draining, and tiring. You want to help your child but you feel like you don’t have the proper tools or support. Here, I can help your child heal and grow through the power of play. As a Play Therapist, I use a child-centered approach that allows children to express themselves in their own unique way, using the language of play.
(510) 422-0185 View (510) 422-0185
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Amanda Saylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95122
Hi there, I'm Amanda! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and a Certified School Psychologist in the States of California and Kentucky. I have been working with a variety of client issues for over six years, with a specialty working in the school system with kids with learning disabilities and their parents. I specialize in treating teens and adults who experience grief, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I have spent many years working with the foster system and helping foster children to overcome their negative experiences.
Hi there, I'm Amanda! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and a Certified School Psychologist in the States of California and Kentucky. I have been working with a variety of client issues for over six years, with a specialty working in the school system with kids with learning disabilities and their parents. I specialize in treating teens and adults who experience grief, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I have spent many years working with the foster system and helping foster children to overcome their negative experiences.
(408) 404-5417 View (408) 404-5417
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Melissa O'Keefe
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95127
Hi there, I'm Melissa! I am here to listen and to offer support. I focus on strengthening self-esteem through fostering self-compassion. Many people struggle with balancing the demands of life. You don't need to suffer alone. I practice with a person-centered approach and have extensive education in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am trained in Attachment Theory and strive to create a secure and nurturing environment. I am kind and compassionate and offer guidance as I walk with you on your journey through life.
Hi there, I'm Melissa! I am here to listen and to offer support. I focus on strengthening self-esteem through fostering self-compassion. Many people struggle with balancing the demands of life. You don't need to suffer alone. I practice with a person-centered approach and have extensive education in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am trained in Attachment Theory and strive to create a secure and nurturing environment. I am kind and compassionate and offer guidance as I walk with you on your journey through life.
(424) 484-1909 View (424) 484-1909
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Vipassana Esbjorn-Hargens
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
Waitlist for new clients
I am committed to helping you fully step into your precious life. Whether you are struggling with anxiety or depression, or perhaps you long for a more vibrant and meaningful life, I am available to guide you into deeper joy and meaning in your life. By supporting you to embody your most authentic and spontaneous self, this naturally results in greater aliveness and vitality; an increased self esteem; a taming of the mind by releasing unhelpful thought patterns; and greater courage, joy and self-knowledge. I specialize in transforming and evolving long-term relationships; and addressing and alleviating anxiety and depression.
I am committed to helping you fully step into your precious life. Whether you are struggling with anxiety or depression, or perhaps you long for a more vibrant and meaningful life, I am available to guide you into deeper joy and meaning in your life. By supporting you to embody your most authentic and spontaneous self, this naturally results in greater aliveness and vitality; an increased self esteem; a taming of the mind by releasing unhelpful thought patterns; and greater courage, joy and self-knowledge. I specialize in transforming and evolving long-term relationships; and addressing and alleviating anxiety and depression.
(707) 659-6908 View (707) 659-6908

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Adoption Therapists

Does my adopted child need therapy?

Not every adopted child needs therapy. However, many can benefit from seeing an adoption-informed therapist, especially if they were victims of abuse or neglect, appear withdrawn or disconnected, have behavioral or developmental issues (which may or may not be related to their adoption), are struggling with feelings of grief or loss surrounding their birth parents, or find it difficult to establish an identity, a challenge that often becomes most apparent during adolescence.

When should adoptive parents seek therapy?

Prospective parents can benefit from therapy even before an adoption—for example, to voice worries and fears; to reconcile infertility struggles, if relevant; or simply to prepare themselves for parenthood. After the adoption, parents who are struggling to bond with their child; are unsure how to talk about adoption or related issues, such as race; or whose child is dealing with developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric concerns can address these and other issues with the help of an adoption-competent therapist.

Is family therapy appropriate for adoptive families?

Family therapy can be invaluable for strengthening the bond between adoptive parents and children, helping the latter feel more secure in their place in the family. Family therapy can also help adoptive families navigate complex communication issues—for example, parents who feel uncomfortable discussing race with their child, who in turn feels invalidated by their silence, or a child who has questions about his birth parents but avoids asking them out of fear of hurting his adoptive parents’ feelings.

What therapy is not appropriate for adoption issues?

A discredited therapy known as “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy” or “rebirthing therapy”) should not be used to treat adopted and foster children, though it was largely designed for this population. Attachment therapy involves restraining, coercing, and punishing the child in order for them to “release” negative emotions and attach to their new caregivers—techniques that are abusive and dangerous and have even proven fatal in some cases.