Adoption Therapists in Maryland

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Photo of Jessica Butler, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Maryland
Jessica Butler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I provide counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in family-systems models, attachment oriented therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have worked with many individuals and families that struggle with anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, substance abuse, and domestic violence. In addition, I have experience working with children that are struggling with adoption . By utilizing an individualized insight-oriented approach, I can help both children and adults process emotions and achieve positive progress to reach their goals. I am a strong believer of the mind/body/spirit connection.
(410) 390-0686
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Baltimore, MD 21218
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Jade Shapiro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Therapy is NOT a “one size fits all” kind of deal. It can be overwhelming to find a therapist, let alone finding the right therapist to meet your specific needs. I work with individuals & families 10+ specializing in issues relating to trauma (PTSD/CPTSD), transracial/international adoption , cancer diagnoses or chemotherapy treatments, LGBTQ+, and Neurodivergence (ADHD). My clients enter therapy open to change and ready to learn new skills in hopes of striving for personal growth and exploration.
(443) 232-2755
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Towson, MD 21286
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Ellen Carol Singer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellen Singer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has specialized in helping couples and families for 35+ years. She trained with Dr. Richard Schwartz in the evidence-based Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapeutic model. She’s also studied and incorporates tools from highly reputable Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Therapy, and Imago Therapy. She sees all couples and specializes in high conflict, infidelity/affairs, intimacy/sexual relationships, ADHD impact, and coping with parent-related concerns. She also specializes in couples coping with infertiity, connected to adoption , blended families, and LGBTQ families.
(240) 702-2188
Rockville, MD 20850
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Penny Zimmerman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C, ACC
Verified
Verified
I’m an adoption -competent therapist with the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). Children, teens and families face unique emotional and behavioral challenges that stem from pre- and post- adoption experiences. With early intervention, they can address and overcome these challenges. As an adoption -competent therapist, I have the skills and experience needed to address these issues and understand the many facets that shape the life-long journey of adoption .
(240) 219-5769
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Burtonsville, MD 20866
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Not accepting new clients
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Susan Lavigna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
As an experienced therapist, I have worked with clients dealing with adoption and attachment issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety and phobias. One of my goals is to help adults and teens achieve a more positive and satisfying life by working together to identify and clarify issues that are having a negative impact. This allows them to move forward and formulate practical and effective solutions. In addition, I use play therapy to help children express feelings that can be difficult to verbalize.
(301) 685-0657
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Olney, MD 20832
Not accepting new clients
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Reena Bernards
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Close and warm relationships are key to a successful family life, individual health, and to a happy life as a couple. I work collaboratively with families to improve communication between parent and child, deal with underlying emotions, and to address problems together. I help couples find their way back to the initial strong bond that brought them together. I assist parents in finding successful strategies to deal with emotional outbursts, school difficulties, and sibling conflicts. Together we address specific challenges that children face such as learning differences and mood swings. I specialize in working with adoption and multicultural families.
(301) 433-7659
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Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Roberta F Rinker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Welcome to Connected IV Life! I am a Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with adolescents, young adults and their families. In addition, I am an attachment and adoption competent therapist, specializing in adolescents, young adults and their families who have been adopted internationally and domestically, whether through the foster care system or private agency adoption . I partner with teens, young adults and their families to support their journey to adulthood by helping them to better connect to themselves, their family, and their community. We recognize connection is a basic human need!
(202) 491-8385
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Landover, MD 20785
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Griff Doyle
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have spent 42 years treating adults and couples suffering from depression, disabling anxiety, repeated relational problems, trauma, and grief.I also speciaize in child developmental and play therapies with a range of challenges for which I design treatment plans individually. I determine the course of child treatment according to my assessment of their level of development. I involve parents to varying extents in the therapy. Over the years, I have become most specialized working with separation/divorce, attachment, anxiety, depression, behavioral, and neuro-developmental, and adoption difficulties for children and their families.
(301) 652-8308
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Chevy Chase, MD 20825
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Lisa Bridges
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in issues affecting members of the adoption community but love working with people from all family backgrounds and situations.
Are you feeling stuck -- whether it's due to anxiety, a change in life circumstances, or relationship issues -- because you've reached the limits of what you can figure out on your own? If you’re willing to show up, I’m here to help.
(443) 775-2241
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Annapolis, MD 21401
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Linda L. Bloch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW-C, RN
Verified
Verified
My practice includes issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, adoption , domestic violence, grief.
TELETHERAPY AVAILABLE. As both a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Nurse, I have a broad perspective on mental health issues and treatment options. I have over 25 years of experience helping adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
(301) 684-5357
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Rockville, MD 20852
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Not accepting new clients
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Ann E Haman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My areas of special interest are attachment and adoption issues; social-emotional challenges of giftedness; LGBT / questioning youth, and the adult legacy of difficult childhoods.
You have decided that something in your life needs to change: perhaps chronic stress or emotional pain, confusing behaviors or needs in your child, or your way of dealing with ongoing family issues. Therapy is a collaborative process in which I facilitate these changes. I have significant experience with issues around giftedness and its social-emotional challenges, anxiety, trauma, attachment, and adoption . I treat all clients with respect, interest, and openness. I am a relaxed, approachable person who feels privileged to work at a job I love with children and adults who teach and inspire me with their courage.
(301) 852-7631
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
Not accepting new clients
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Joanne Wolf Small
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Forty years personal and professional experience uniquely qualifies me to understand the particular issues affecting individuals touched by adoption , infertility, kinship, attachment, and DNA search.
I believe we are all finally recognizing that a more holistic approach to treatment is needed. With over 40+ years of experience working in community mental health and private practice, I know the importance on our assessing and understanding all of the ways society impacts every individual. Everything around us matters, even beyond our personal relationships with our families, colleagues and friends. Speaking as a proud social worker, I know to effectively diagnose and treat a human problem needs a fully inclusive, psycho-social model of evaluation. I am here, tailored to help for your specific and unique needs.
(301) 298-3135
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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The Barker Adoption Foundation
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you wondering if your child's current struggles are related to developmental challenges related to adoption or something else; struggling with decisions about how and when to share specific adoption information with your child; is your child ready for search/reunion; need assistance navigating an open adoption , behavioral challenges? Give me a call.
Touched by Adoption ? The Barker Foundation recognizes that adoption is a lifelong journey, with normal developmental challenges and tasks. We will walk with you through and support you through your journey. Whether you are an adoptive parent with a child that is struggling emotionally or academically; a birth parent who is seeking understanding, reflection, or search and reunion; or an adoptee looking for support- we are here for you.
(240) 245-2720
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Brenda L Yuen
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Are you a teenager (or young adult) who struggles with cultural and racial identity due to immigration, parental or familial immigration, or international/inter-racial adoption ? Or are you a teen (15 to 18) or adult of any age with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, and/or struggling with life adjustments? Because education is power, we will touch on MH concepts through psycho-educational information and focus on other personal tools to help you learn new ways of relating with, changing, or living along side your struggles. Hope comes from willingness to change and grow! As of September, 2022, I have openings!
(301) 329-6090
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North Potomac, MD 20878
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Nicole Maus-Chaudhury
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
I'm also an adoptive parent, so I'm personally and professionally well-versed in the questions, concerns, and problems related to adoption .
I believe that you have the capability to help yourself, but perhaps you need my knowledge and support to do so. My purpose is to help you tap into your strengths and what you already know about yourself, and help you to change your thoughts in order to change how you feel. My goal is to empower you and guide you toward your goals, whether they involve improving your family relationships, managing anxiety or depression, or dealing with work or school stressors.
(410) 517-7533
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Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Emma Rady
Counselor, MA, LGPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Because of my lived experience as an adoptee, I am most passionate about helping other adoptees navigate their identity and better understand how their adoption has impacted them throughout their lives.
I believe by exploring our past experiences and relationships we can find answers to better understand our own behaviors and thought processes. Our best healing happens throughout the context of a safe relationship and that is what I offer in therapy; a safe place where my client can explore their pain, trauma, hurt, and confusion in order to heal and live the most meaningful life possible. My clients know what their goals are and are excited to get to work but may need more accountability or support. Sometimes they aren't so clear and I can help with that, too!
(240) 512-8119
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Towson, MD 21286
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Amanda Mason
Counselor, LGPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
With both life and clinical experience in adoption , parenting, and perinatal mental health, I am here to support you through this period of life and can help you feel more confident and connected, both to yourself and within your relationships.
Accepting new clients for telehealth sessions. Life is full of unexpected challenges and trials. And even when situations around you seem to be going well, it’s not uncommon to still feel overwhelmed and anxious. There are many areas of life constantly demanding your attention, and it can feel like a lot to handle.
(240) 734-2545
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Frederick, MD 21701
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Jodi Cobb
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LCMFT
Verified
Verified
My professional interests include psychotherapy with parent-child dyads, children, teens, families, and individual adults using an attachment-focused approach. I have experience and interest in working with families impacted by attachment disruption, adoption , foster care, trauma, and LGBTQ issues. With over 30 years of experience, I bring compassion, humor, and creativity to my work with families. I have worked as a School Psychologist for the Howard County Public School System, provided parent consultation for families, and facilitated workshops for families throughout the United States, Canada, and in South Africa.
(443) 400-7310
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Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Not accepting new clients
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Beth Wheeler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
I believe in the human spirit and the potential in humans to learn, grow and change to better our lives and the lives around us. My ideal client is someone who finds themselves in patterns they want to become free from in order to be whether they are patterns that are deeply personal, relational, or familial. There may be issues of the past that include trauma, loss, adoption , family issues; it could be more recent issues around those same things or also gender identity, sexuality, race, being LGBTQ and wanting to create a family. You may be at a turning point in your life and want to find your own voice and knowing.
(240) 839-6591
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Silver Spring, MD 20901
Not accepting new clients
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Christa Carlton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with people impacted by adoption and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
I specialize in supporting survivors of trauma and employ a client-centered, strengths-based approach. People come to me with the need for a non-judgmental space to explore their own lived experiences and express their thoughts and feelings. I help clients develop insight around factors influencing development, understand the mind-body connection, and explore individualized strategies for optimizing mental wellness. I have experience supporting clients around a variety of needs including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, neurodiversity, identity, parenting, relationships, behaviors, and substance use.
(443) 785-2982
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Towson, MD 21286
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Adoption Therapists
In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate how adopted children and their adoptive families navigate their lives together. In an attempt to help children who have been adopted adjust and thrive in a new home, and to understand why problems may arise, studies look at the genetic as well as both prenatal and postnatal environmental influences on the development of children who have been adopted.