Adoption Therapists in Atlanta, GA

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Photo of Jeanne Montgomery, Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA
Jeanne Montgomery
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30345
I have been practicing as a Family Therapist for 40+ years. My clients are families, couples, divorced parents with parenting issues, blended families. I also see individuals who have issues related to depression, anxiety and family of origin struggles. I specialize in working with adoptive families, people who are interested in adoption and adoptees. I am an adoptive parent. I work with families dealing with adult children who have a hard time separating and multi-generational families with issues in the larger family system. Lastly, I am a cancer survivor and work with families struggling with health issues.
I have been practicing as a Family Therapist for 40+ years. My clients are families, couples, divorced parents with parenting issues, blended families. I also see individuals who have issues related to depression, anxiety and family of origin struggles. I specialize in working with adoptive families, people who are interested in adoption and adoptees. I am an adoptive parent. I work with families dealing with adult children who have a hard time separating and multi-generational families with issues in the larger family system. Lastly, I am a cancer survivor and work with families struggling with health issues.
(404) 633-3347 View (404) 633-3347
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Suzanne M. Clark
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30326
For over 25 years, I have specialized in working with the entire adoption constellation: birth mothers, birth fathers, adoptive parents and adopted persons. I maintain an intimate understanding of the wide-range of emotions experienced by all members of the adoption constellation throughout their lifetime. My ideal client would be any adult person dealing with issues surrounding adoption grief and loss. Currently, I only see adult clients. I do not see adolescents or children; but do offer consult services to professionals eager to learn more about how adoption effects their clients and families.
For over 25 years, I have specialized in working with the entire adoption constellation: birth mothers, birth fathers, adoptive parents and adopted persons. I maintain an intimate understanding of the wide-range of emotions experienced by all members of the adoption constellation throughout their lifetime. My ideal client would be any adult person dealing with issues surrounding adoption grief and loss. Currently, I only see adult clients. I do not see adolescents or children; but do offer consult services to professionals eager to learn more about how adoption effects their clients and families.
(678) 616-2076 View (678) 616-2076
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Kathryn Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30327
Most of my clients come seeking help overcoming chronic stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, loss, significant life changes, and parenting challenges. I am a certified EMDR therapist and love using this transformative therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Three kinds of clients I especially enjoy working with are individuals and families involved in adoption, whether as an adopted individual, birth parent, or adoptive parent; professional women experiencing chronic stress and burnout; and children, adolescents, and adults navigating loss.
Most of my clients come seeking help overcoming chronic stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, loss, significant life changes, and parenting challenges. I am a certified EMDR therapist and love using this transformative therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Three kinds of clients I especially enjoy working with are individuals and families involved in adoption, whether as an adopted individual, birth parent, or adoptive parent; professional women experiencing chronic stress and burnout; and children, adolescents, and adults navigating loss.
(678) 647-6583 View (678) 647-6583
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Yonika Hajdasz
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, CMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30303
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced early childhood trauma due to foster care/adoption, abandonment, loss, and self-identity.
Do you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety or stress or just feel overwhelmed? I understand that opening up to a stranger can be scary and I commend you for taking the step to seek help to begin working through those challenges. I work with adults and adolescents who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression.
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced early childhood trauma due to foster care/adoption, abandonment, loss, and self-identity.
Do you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety or stress or just feel overwhelmed? I understand that opening up to a stranger can be scary and I commend you for taking the step to seek help to begin working through those challenges. I work with adults and adolescents who are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression.
(404) 737-9545 View (404) 737-9545
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Mary Coleman Allen
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
Fertility specialty includes psychological evaluations of egg and sperm donors, and gestational carriers; counseling parents using donor egg / donor sperm / donor embryo / surrogacy for family building, emotional prep for IUI and IVF and adoption, pregnancy loss, and post partum depression.
Provide Infertility Counseling, Surrogacy, Egg and Sperm Donor Evaluations. Anxiety, Stress, Burnout, Quality of Life issues, Communication Issues with Significant Others, and Depression also can be highly impactful and stressful on our day to day existence. I look forward to working together toward your goals. My expertise is in anxiety and burnout, infertility and third party reproduction evaluations including gestational surrogates and egg and sperm donors, depression, workplace stress, divorce, parenting, and family issues. I work with all families - heterosexual couples, gay couples, and single women and men. I look forward to partnering with you in increased health and wellness!
Fertility specialty includes psychological evaluations of egg and sperm donors, and gestational carriers; counseling parents using donor egg / donor sperm / donor embryo / surrogacy for family building, emotional prep for IUI and IVF and adoption, pregnancy loss, and post partum depression.
Provide Infertility Counseling, Surrogacy, Egg and Sperm Donor Evaluations. Anxiety, Stress, Burnout, Quality of Life issues, Communication Issues with Significant Others, and Depression also can be highly impactful and stressful on our day to day existence. I look forward to working together toward your goals. My expertise is in anxiety and burnout, infertility and third party reproduction evaluations including gestational surrogates and egg and sperm donors, depression, workplace stress, divorce, parenting, and family issues. I work with all families - heterosexual couples, gay couples, and single women and men. I look forward to partnering with you in increased health and wellness!
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Tyler-Leah Jackson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
I work with children, teenagers, adults, couples/families, active duty military/veterans, LGBTQIA+SGL, and BIPOC experiencing depression, anxiety, life transition, families who have participated in adoption, perinatal/maternal health, trauma-related symptoms, interpersonal relationship conflict, mood-related concerns, domestic violence, and life transitions. I am Licensed in Georgia and Delaware (for telehealth services only)
I work with children, teenagers, adults, couples/families, active duty military/veterans, LGBTQIA+SGL, and BIPOC experiencing depression, anxiety, life transition, families who have participated in adoption, perinatal/maternal health, trauma-related symptoms, interpersonal relationship conflict, mood-related concerns, domestic violence, and life transitions. I am Licensed in Georgia and Delaware (for telehealth services only)
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Jennifer Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30342
I also support individuals experiencing family communication difficulties, life transitions, adoption/fostering and multiculturalism.
Each of us has unique strengths and skills, developed through their personal experiences and stories, but we sometimes underestimate ourselves. When we encounter obstacles or feel overwhelmed, our own abilities can seem out of reach and we begin to practice negative thoughts towards ourselves and others. I am here to help you navigate those stressors and burdens, while supporting you towards gaining a deeper understanding of your own identity. It would be my privilege to provide you with a safe space to explore your narrative and to walk with you on your mental health journey!
I also support individuals experiencing family communication difficulties, life transitions, adoption/fostering and multiculturalism.
Each of us has unique strengths and skills, developed through their personal experiences and stories, but we sometimes underestimate ourselves. When we encounter obstacles or feel overwhelmed, our own abilities can seem out of reach and we begin to practice negative thoughts towards ourselves and others. I am here to help you navigate those stressors and burdens, while supporting you towards gaining a deeper understanding of your own identity. It would be my privilege to provide you with a safe space to explore your narrative and to walk with you on your mental health journey!
(678) 394-0281 View (678) 394-0281
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Laurie Bradley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with a range of problems from anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, impulse control, family/sibling relational issues, parent-child relational and attachment issues, co-parenting, grief and loss, adoption issues, ADHD, substance abuse and major life transitions. I believe in taking a non-directive, client-centered approach, and creating a warm and non-judgmental space where I can help my clients to uncover what is keeping them from moving forward so they can lead happier and healthier lives.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with a range of problems from anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, impulse control, family/sibling relational issues, parent-child relational and attachment issues, co-parenting, grief and loss, adoption issues, ADHD, substance abuse and major life transitions. I believe in taking a non-directive, client-centered approach, and creating a warm and non-judgmental space where I can help my clients to uncover what is keeping them from moving forward so they can lead happier and healthier lives.
(770) 766-8151 View (770) 766-8151
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Sheena Kelly
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
Sheena Kelly is a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience in the mental health field. Sheena has worked in substance abuse facilities, Community Agencies, and Adoption agencies to develop an overall perspective on individual experiences. Sheena has advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which gives her more tools to aid in the client's journey.
Sheena Kelly is a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience in the mental health field. Sheena has worked in substance abuse facilities, Community Agencies, and Adoption agencies to develop an overall perspective on individual experiences. Sheena has advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which gives her more tools to aid in the client's journey.
(470) 688-3718 View (470) 688-3718
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Jessie Hallberlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339  (Online Only)
Many come to me seeking guidance around issues of school refusal/avoidance, the anxious teen, adoption issues, acting out behaviors, or the young adult “failure to launch.
In my practice, I work with adults, young adults and adolescents with a broad range of challenges. My approach is relational, practical and conversational as I help clients explore relationship issues and everyday stressors in family life, work, and school.
Many come to me seeking guidance around issues of school refusal/avoidance, the anxious teen, adoption issues, acting out behaviors, or the young adult “failure to launch.
In my practice, I work with adults, young adults and adolescents with a broad range of challenges. My approach is relational, practical and conversational as I help clients explore relationship issues and everyday stressors in family life, work, and school.
(470) 771-7314 View (470) 771-7314
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Clerissa Cooper
Counselor, MS, LPC, CPCS, CDBT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324
I help individuals and their families overcome difficulties associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders including OCD, personality disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and the adoption triad utilizing mindfulness, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, clinical hypnotherapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Somatic Experiencing techniques.
I value honest and thoughtful communication, which means I communicate in an attentive, supportive, compassionate, empowering, and non-judgmental manner while being authentic, direct, and transparent. I utilize validation and humor in therapy to foster connection and to create space for healthy, long-lasting change. I seek to help my clients deeply accept and understand their own thoughts, emotions, actions, and experiences so they can more effectively navigate their relationships with self and the world.
I help individuals and their families overcome difficulties associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders including OCD, personality disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and the adoption triad utilizing mindfulness, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, clinical hypnotherapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Somatic Experiencing techniques.
I value honest and thoughtful communication, which means I communicate in an attentive, supportive, compassionate, empowering, and non-judgmental manner while being authentic, direct, and transparent. I utilize validation and humor in therapy to foster connection and to create space for healthy, long-lasting change. I seek to help my clients deeply accept and understand their own thoughts, emotions, actions, and experiences so they can more effectively navigate their relationships with self and the world.
(404) 445-1177 View (404) 445-1177
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Lisa Miller Zawko
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, RPT
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
During her time within the school setting and clinical experience with a local agency, Lisa has worked extensively with families who have experienced life stage transitions such as: adoption, grief, and divorce.
Lisa is an Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor who has more than ten years of experience specializing in working with children, teens, and families in private, public, and charter schools in metro Atlanta. She encompasses a unique perspective stemming from her years as a teacher, school counselor, and school-based therapist providing a proactive approach to wellness. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi, Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt University, and Master of Science in School Counseling from Mercer University.
During her time within the school setting and clinical experience with a local agency, Lisa has worked extensively with families who have experienced life stage transitions such as: adoption, grief, and divorce.
Lisa is an Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor who has more than ten years of experience specializing in working with children, teens, and families in private, public, and charter schools in metro Atlanta. She encompasses a unique perspective stemming from her years as a teacher, school counselor, and school-based therapist providing a proactive approach to wellness. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi, Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt University, and Master of Science in School Counseling from Mercer University.
(678) 726-1749 View (678) 726-1749
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Eleecia Myers
MA, NCC, LAPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30307
Everyone people express their feelings in a plethora of different ways. Counseling is great to help kids better organize their thoughts and feelings in a productive way for the child and family. ​My experience includes years of service with a highly recognized infant mental health psychiatric clinic as well as counseling children and families with reunification, stabilization, and adoption.
Everyone people express their feelings in a plethora of different ways. Counseling is great to help kids better organize their thoughts and feelings in a productive way for the child and family. ​My experience includes years of service with a highly recognized infant mental health psychiatric clinic as well as counseling children and families with reunification, stabilization, and adoption.
(678) 400-9477 x107 View (678) 400-9477 x107
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Jamie Fernandez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30318
I wholeheartedly believe that because the majority of our wounds occur inside relationship, healing will come through relationship as well. In our work, I can offer you warmth and empathy as we gently explore the ‘why’ behind what you do while uncovering your strength and resilience. My work with clients focuses on grief and loss, trauma, relational discord, anxiety, depression, body image, life-transitions, adoption-related issues, parenthood and the intersection of faith and spirituality with day to day living.
I wholeheartedly believe that because the majority of our wounds occur inside relationship, healing will come through relationship as well. In our work, I can offer you warmth and empathy as we gently explore the ‘why’ behind what you do while uncovering your strength and resilience. My work with clients focuses on grief and loss, trauma, relational discord, anxiety, depression, body image, life-transitions, adoption-related issues, parenthood and the intersection of faith and spirituality with day to day living.
(404) 924-4456 View (404) 924-4456
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Lauren D Alloy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
Child/adolescent treatment specialties include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, defiance, peer difficulties, adoption issues and family conflicts.
Change is possible! For 20 years I have been helping children, adolescents, and adults to successfully navigate life's challenges.I have been privileged to witness improved self-esteem, decreased anxiety,improved relaionships and increased hope again and again! I see our work together as a joint venture and feel privileged to support, encourage, participate and help navigate as needed. I offer brief treatment for specific challenges and longer-term treatment for more complicated and/or long-standing psychological problems. My approach to treatment is eclectic and and always individually tailored to the particular client or family.
Child/adolescent treatment specialties include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, defiance, peer difficulties, adoption issues and family conflicts.
Change is possible! For 20 years I have been helping children, adolescents, and adults to successfully navigate life's challenges.I have been privileged to witness improved self-esteem, decreased anxiety,improved relaionships and increased hope again and again! I see our work together as a joint venture and feel privileged to support, encourage, participate and help navigate as needed. I offer brief treatment for specific challenges and longer-term treatment for more complicated and/or long-standing psychological problems. My approach to treatment is eclectic and and always individually tailored to the particular client or family.
(678) 660-5261 View (678) 660-5261
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Pathways Transition Programs, INC
Psychologist, MD, LPC, LCSW, LAPC, LMSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 31145
Our clients represent the variety and richness of our community: *Parents/families seeking assistance *Courts/child protective services hoping to interrupt inter-generational cycles of family stress, conflict *Adoption/foster care agencies/refugee resettlement agencies *Adults searching for balance resilience building to meet life's challenges.
Pathways Transition Programs is a private mental health services provider for children and their families located in DECATUR, WATKINSVILLE, and LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA. From our team of 100+ medical and counseling staff, we match clients to therapists best able to address specific needs. We offer a comprehensive array of assessment and therapy services to foster and support change/growth through healing the wounds of trauma and life challenges, and training/skill development to enhance coping skills and build resilience. We take great pride in being a resource for all individuals and families we serve.
Our clients represent the variety and richness of our community: *Parents/families seeking assistance *Courts/child protective services hoping to interrupt inter-generational cycles of family stress, conflict *Adoption/foster care agencies/refugee resettlement agencies *Adults searching for balance resilience building to meet life's challenges.
Pathways Transition Programs is a private mental health services provider for children and their families located in DECATUR, WATKINSVILLE, and LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA. From our team of 100+ medical and counseling staff, we match clients to therapists best able to address specific needs. We offer a comprehensive array of assessment and therapy services to foster and support change/growth through healing the wounds of trauma and life challenges, and training/skill development to enhance coping skills and build resilience. We take great pride in being a resource for all individuals and families we serve.
(404) 620-3438 View (404) 620-3438
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Brooke D. Sitzmann-McLoughlin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30356
I work with most life issues including, but not limited to, self-growth, depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, spirituality, cutting, adoption, trauma, loss, ADHD, adolescent and family concerns, eating concerns, college transition, retirement transition, and bipolar disorder.
I view my clients as fellow human beings in search of some type of change. For one reason or another, they feel stuck or unable to get where they want. Together we work towards growth by identifying the issues involved, establishing hopes and goals, and increasing awareness of recurring patterns that maintain dysfunction. I find that often these patterns were somehow adaptive, but are now "outdated" for life's current situation. As awareness of one's desires, perceptions, fears, and strengths increase, doors often begin to open. There are more options and more opportunities for change and connection with others.
I work with most life issues including, but not limited to, self-growth, depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, spirituality, cutting, adoption, trauma, loss, ADHD, adolescent and family concerns, eating concerns, college transition, retirement transition, and bipolar disorder.
I view my clients as fellow human beings in search of some type of change. For one reason or another, they feel stuck or unable to get where they want. Together we work towards growth by identifying the issues involved, establishing hopes and goals, and increasing awareness of recurring patterns that maintain dysfunction. I find that often these patterns were somehow adaptive, but are now "outdated" for life's current situation. As awareness of one's desires, perceptions, fears, and strengths increase, doors often begin to open. There are more options and more opportunities for change and connection with others.
(678) 509-2324 View (678) 509-2324
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Allison B Hill
Psychologist, JD, PhD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339
Working with a psychologist should be collaborative experience that is rewarding and beneficial for you. I believe in supporting my clients throughout successes and challenges, and love my work. Finding a therapist that is appropriate for you is important. I work with individuals of all ages throughout all phases of life, and find a supportive, empowering approach to be a crucial part of my work. You are in the driver seat of your therapy!
Working with a psychologist should be collaborative experience that is rewarding and beneficial for you. I believe in supporting my clients throughout successes and challenges, and love my work. Finding a therapist that is appropriate for you is important. I work with individuals of all ages throughout all phases of life, and find a supportive, empowering approach to be a crucial part of my work. You are in the driver seat of your therapy!
(404) 620-6835 View (404) 620-6835
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Alison Martha Barreiro-Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EAS-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30339
As a solution focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life for the present and future.
As a solution focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life for the present and future.
(678) 944-8354 View (678) 944-8354
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Brandon Harold Printup
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, CPCS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30318
We all deserve opportunity to seek help with problems that impair our health and happiness. As a therapist, my goal is to help you gain balance in your life, deepen your understanding of self/ relationships, and to empower you with skills that effectively address your specific needs. I believe that with the proper tools and support system; personal challenges can evolve to greater strength and resiliency. A welcoming and non-judgmental environment is priority in my practice. I encourage people to share their experiences, concerns, and feelings, knowing that they will be listened to and shown respect.
We all deserve opportunity to seek help with problems that impair our health and happiness. As a therapist, my goal is to help you gain balance in your life, deepen your understanding of self/ relationships, and to empower you with skills that effectively address your specific needs. I believe that with the proper tools and support system; personal challenges can evolve to greater strength and resiliency. A welcoming and non-judgmental environment is priority in my practice. I encourage people to share their experiences, concerns, and feelings, knowing that they will be listened to and shown respect.
(404) 689-1177 View (404) 689-1177

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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.