Adoption Therapists in Portland, OR

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Photo of Nancy F Nasser-Marsh, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Portland, OR
Nancy F Nasser-Marsh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I have two specialties, working with children and parents through adoption issues and working with children whose parents are experiencing separation and divorce. As a certified adoption specialist, I help adoptive parents and adopted children navigate through the developmental stages adoption brings. I also assist birth parents and adult adoptees through the complexities of search and reunion issues so they can complete their stories and find healing.
I have two specialties, working with children and parents through adoption issues and working with children whose parents are experiencing separation and divorce. As a certified adoption specialist, I help adoptive parents and adopted children navigate through the developmental stages adoption brings. I also assist birth parents and adult adoptees through the complexities of search and reunion issues so they can complete their stories and find healing.
(971) 270-0961 View (971) 270-0961
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Resonance LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
For those of us who have experienced trauma, we have also experienced a secondary trauma by not having a secure attachment figure or sense of safety to help us co-regulate and repair. Our practice provides an accompanied space where you can feel safe(r) to process trauma and begin the lifelong journey towards healing. We are relational therapists and specialize in working with adult clients of color who have experienced racial trauma, intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, narcissistic abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, complex trauma, transracial adoption and/or adoption-related trauma and anxiety and depression.
For those of us who have experienced trauma, we have also experienced a secondary trauma by not having a secure attachment figure or sense of safety to help us co-regulate and repair. Our practice provides an accompanied space where you can feel safe(r) to process trauma and begin the lifelong journey towards healing. We are relational therapists and specialize in working with adult clients of color who have experienced racial trauma, intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, narcissistic abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, complex trauma, transracial adoption and/or adoption-related trauma and anxiety and depression.
(971) 314-4532 View (971) 314-4532
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Cj Spaulding
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified
Portland, OR 97213
CJ is experienced providing individual and family counseling to support you with: Anxiety Adoption, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Depression, Mindfulness, and Relationship Issues.
OPEN to new clients! CJ grew up in the Midwest and moved to Colorado to earn their Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. They have experience working with children, adolescents and families in school-based mental health services and foster care/adoption settings. CJ uses a compassionate person-centered, mindfulness and strengths-based approach to help you identify what you need in order to move forward. They will meet you where you are in your healing journey and provides a safe space for all identities.
CJ is experienced providing individual and family counseling to support you with: Anxiety Adoption, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Depression, Mindfulness, and Relationship Issues.
OPEN to new clients! CJ grew up in the Midwest and moved to Colorado to earn their Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. They have experience working with children, adolescents and families in school-based mental health services and foster care/adoption settings. CJ uses a compassionate person-centered, mindfulness and strengths-based approach to help you identify what you need in order to move forward. They will meet you where you are in your healing journey and provides a safe space for all identities.
(503) 782-1831 View (503) 782-1831
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Arbor Counseling & Consulting, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97217
I am trained in providing support specific to foster care and adoption.
Have you struggled during pregnancy or postpartum? Do you love parenting but find that anxiety, depression, and/or shame get in the way of truly enjoying your children? Are you struggling to co-parent effectively and peacefully with your co-parent(s)? In the process of becoming a parent and wanting to identify and explore what raising a child means to you? Let's sit down and explore these big things together.
I am trained in providing support specific to foster care and adoption.
Have you struggled during pregnancy or postpartum? Do you love parenting but find that anxiety, depression, and/or shame get in the way of truly enjoying your children? Are you struggling to co-parent effectively and peacefully with your co-parent(s)? In the process of becoming a parent and wanting to identify and explore what raising a child means to you? Let's sit down and explore these big things together.
(503) 782-9487 View (503) 782-9487
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Monika Zoretic
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Portland, OR 97204
I am experienced helping people with eating disorders, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder), trauma, and PTSD. Adoption and blended family problems are also close to my heart and I enjoy helping others in these areas. I am Star Behavioral Health Tier 2 trained and have lived the military life as a spouse of a career Marine. I work with those aged 5 and older. If you need someone who can really listen to you and help you figure out how to change your life for the better, I can help you.
I am experienced helping people with eating disorders, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder), trauma, and PTSD. Adoption and blended family problems are also close to my heart and I enjoy helping others in these areas. I am Star Behavioral Health Tier 2 trained and have lived the military life as a spouse of a career Marine. I work with those aged 5 and older. If you need someone who can really listen to you and help you figure out how to change your life for the better, I can help you.
(614) 441-9988 View (614) 441-9988
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Sabrina Sheehy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Wherever you are on your path to greater health, my goal is to assist you in finding your inner resources and strengths. I offer therapeutic services for the following: Depression, Anxiety, Adoption-related issues, Parenting, Women's Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship/Intimacy Issues and Family-of-Origin Issues. I welcome clients of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities. I also strive to be culturally sensitive and am open to learning more about the traditional backgrounds of my clients so as to provide more competent service.
Wherever you are on your path to greater health, my goal is to assist you in finding your inner resources and strengths. I offer therapeutic services for the following: Depression, Anxiety, Adoption-related issues, Parenting, Women's Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship/Intimacy Issues and Family-of-Origin Issues. I welcome clients of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities. I also strive to be culturally sensitive and am open to learning more about the traditional backgrounds of my clients so as to provide more competent service.
(503) 360-1524 View (503) 360-1524
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Sabrina Pyl
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
I am an adoption-competent therapist who graduated from the accredited Training for Adopt My goal is to work together with my clients, show them their strengths, and help them live a more healthy lifestyle.
I understand that life gets messy and has its challenges. Living with stress, depression, and low self-esteem can be overwhelming and sometimes can make you feel stuck. My goal as a counselor is to walk alongside my clients and show them that they have the power to turn things around and make their lives better. I will provide a safe place for my clients to explore their struggles and learn new, healthy tools, and coping skills. I have experience working with children, foster children, parents, foster parents, and I am committed to showing all clients they have the strength to work through difficult challenges.
I am an adoption-competent therapist who graduated from the accredited Training for Adopt My goal is to work together with my clients, show them their strengths, and help them live a more healthy lifestyle.
I understand that life gets messy and has its challenges. Living with stress, depression, and low self-esteem can be overwhelming and sometimes can make you feel stuck. My goal as a counselor is to walk alongside my clients and show them that they have the power to turn things around and make their lives better. I will provide a safe place for my clients to explore their struggles and learn new, healthy tools, and coping skills. I have experience working with children, foster children, parents, foster parents, and I am committed to showing all clients they have the strength to work through difficult challenges.
(503) 300-6359 View (503) 300-6359
Photo of Janice Marie Johnson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
Janice Marie Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
Portland, OR 97205
I specialize in adoption, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
Everybody at some point can benefit from therapy! Whether its just needing to talk over some relational issues or something more serious like depression, anxiety, sexual abuse or other traumas, therapy can make the difference. When people feel stuck in thought patterns or can't seem to get any peace or find joy in life, it is very discouraging. I find that my clients come in and want some tools to get out of their rut and find relief from their difficult life issues.
I specialize in adoption, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
Everybody at some point can benefit from therapy! Whether its just needing to talk over some relational issues or something more serious like depression, anxiety, sexual abuse or other traumas, therapy can make the difference. When people feel stuck in thought patterns or can't seem to get any peace or find joy in life, it is very discouraging. I find that my clients come in and want some tools to get out of their rut and find relief from their difficult life issues.
(971) 803-3190 View (971) 803-3190
Photo of Amy Schumaker, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Portland, OR
Amy Schumaker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97201
I specialize in working with all individuals who are part of the adoption triad.
Hi thank you for stopping by! I am a fat friendly therapist who works with individuals that are at least 18 years old; however most of my clients who I see are in their mid-20s to early 80s. My ideal client would be one who enjoys thinking outside of the basic therapy module and explore all types of interventions to help whatever they may be going through. I look at therapy as a long road trip. If you miss your exit while on the road trip, I teach you how to take the next exit, examine what happened and execute a new route to get you to the destination you are headed for.
I specialize in working with all individuals who are part of the adoption triad.
Hi thank you for stopping by! I am a fat friendly therapist who works with individuals that are at least 18 years old; however most of my clients who I see are in their mid-20s to early 80s. My ideal client would be one who enjoys thinking outside of the basic therapy module and explore all types of interventions to help whatever they may be going through. I look at therapy as a long road trip. If you miss your exit while on the road trip, I teach you how to take the next exit, examine what happened and execute a new route to get you to the destination you are headed for.
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Anchor Within Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
Portland, OR 97220
We all have lived experiences, life choices, and developmental stages which have shaped our story. Seeking therapy, or counseling, can carry a negative stigma in some families and communities. We work to change this perspective, especially concerning issues with youth, families, and racially-diverse communities. We work from a holistic perspective that includes attention to your physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and relational well-being. Our Therapists have a rich blend of experiences including: residential treatment, child welfare, adoption/foster care, parenting support, substance use, family care,& community mental health.
We all have lived experiences, life choices, and developmental stages which have shaped our story. Seeking therapy, or counseling, can carry a negative stigma in some families and communities. We work to change this perspective, especially concerning issues with youth, families, and racially-diverse communities. We work from a holistic perspective that includes attention to your physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and relational well-being. Our Therapists have a rich blend of experiences including: residential treatment, child welfare, adoption/foster care, parenting support, substance use, family care,& community mental health.
(503) 461-4170 View (503) 461-4170
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Joey Ellen Kramer O'Connell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
My work with families focuses on the unique challenges of: adoption, involvement with the foster care system, the effect of children on the couples' relationship, co-parenting and shared custody, infertility, blended families, divorce/separation, behavior challenges specific to young children or children with developmental delays.
All families experience transitions, and even positive change can cause stress. I employ an eclectic approach with a strong emphasis on attachment, structural, and solution-focused family therapies. I work with young children and their caregivers to form secure attachments early on. This leads to more effective communication and problem solving patterns and a higher level of resilience down the road. My work tends to be short term and builds on the existing strengths of your family. My work with couples is attachment informed as we look at past and current relationships to elucidate our most fulfilling ways of connecting.
My work with families focuses on the unique challenges of: adoption, involvement with the foster care system, the effect of children on the couples' relationship, co-parenting and shared custody, infertility, blended families, divorce/separation, behavior challenges specific to young children or children with developmental delays.
All families experience transitions, and even positive change can cause stress. I employ an eclectic approach with a strong emphasis on attachment, structural, and solution-focused family therapies. I work with young children and their caregivers to form secure attachments early on. This leads to more effective communication and problem solving patterns and a higher level of resilience down the road. My work tends to be short term and builds on the existing strengths of your family. My work with couples is attachment informed as we look at past and current relationships to elucidate our most fulfilling ways of connecting.
(503) 766-5894 View (503) 766-5894
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Frankie Forrester
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a Black, non-binary, transracial adoptee, identity work is the name of my game. I often work with BIPOC and/or gender non-conforming individuals including children, pre-teens, and adults. I focus my clinical work in supporting those navigating challenges that arise from identity work: racial, gender, familial, societal, etc. The subject of adoption is particularly close to my heart and one that holds much nuance and intricacy. We may be a good fit if you are looking to explore any of the aforementioned or are the parent and/or guardian of the aforementioned. Find me at: www.crybaby.care
As a Black, non-binary, transracial adoptee, identity work is the name of my game. I often work with BIPOC and/or gender non-conforming individuals including children, pre-teens, and adults. I focus my clinical work in supporting those navigating challenges that arise from identity work: racial, gender, familial, societal, etc. The subject of adoption is particularly close to my heart and one that holds much nuance and intricacy. We may be a good fit if you are looking to explore any of the aforementioned or are the parent and/or guardian of the aforementioned. Find me at: www.crybaby.care
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Robin L Magdahlen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFT, RDT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97239
Positive Aging, Senior Life Transitions, Caregivers/Adult Children, Families - Adoption/Divorce/Blended Families, Divorce Coaching, Adult Adoptee/Birth Parent Reunification, Pre-Marital Counseling, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Crisis Intervention and Stabilization, Substance Abuse, Self Esteem/Personal Growth, Individual and Group Drama Therapy.
My intention for you is to gently but dynamically create opportunities for growth and healing through flexible and creative alternatives to break through old patterns. I like to collaborate with motivated clients who are willing to work to change their lives. My goal is to help you discover your own solutions to your problems and concerns in an environment that is welcoming, empathetic and non-judgmental. I do that by carefully attending to your thoughts and feelings. Although I will offer specific "interventions" I believe that change occurs during therapy when there is strong motivation combined with the quality of our connection.
Positive Aging, Senior Life Transitions, Caregivers/Adult Children, Families - Adoption/Divorce/Blended Families, Divorce Coaching, Adult Adoptee/Birth Parent Reunification, Pre-Marital Counseling, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Crisis Intervention and Stabilization, Substance Abuse, Self Esteem/Personal Growth, Individual and Group Drama Therapy.
My intention for you is to gently but dynamically create opportunities for growth and healing through flexible and creative alternatives to break through old patterns. I like to collaborate with motivated clients who are willing to work to change their lives. My goal is to help you discover your own solutions to your problems and concerns in an environment that is welcoming, empathetic and non-judgmental. I do that by carefully attending to your thoughts and feelings. Although I will offer specific "interventions" I believe that change occurs during therapy when there is strong motivation combined with the quality of our connection.
(503) 766-5714 View (503) 766-5714
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Alyssa Rose Crenshaw
Licensed Professional Counselor, ATR, LPC
Verified
Portland, OR 97213
Art Therapy, Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, School related issues, Family Conflict, Adoption/Foster Care, Attachment, Collaborative Problem Solving, Parenting Skills, Grief and Loss.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist, I have multiple tools to help as I work alongside my clients and their families to alleviate symptoms, achieve goals and attain balance. Although a specific interest in Art Therapy is not necessary to begin services with me, I find that Art Therapy provides a creative approach that is not reliant on spoken language. I have experience providing a variety of treatment approaches to clients and families, and am specially trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Art Therapy and Collaborative Problem Solving modalities.
Art Therapy, Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, School related issues, Family Conflict, Adoption/Foster Care, Attachment, Collaborative Problem Solving, Parenting Skills, Grief and Loss.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist, I have multiple tools to help as I work alongside my clients and their families to alleviate symptoms, achieve goals and attain balance. Although a specific interest in Art Therapy is not necessary to begin services with me, I find that Art Therapy provides a creative approach that is not reliant on spoken language. I have experience providing a variety of treatment approaches to clients and families, and am specially trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Art Therapy and Collaborative Problem Solving modalities.
(971) 407-5861 View (971) 407-5861
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Mary J Evrard
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
I am currently not accepting new clients . I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has practiced in Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and as an intern in Florida. My background is working with people struggling with substance abuse, trauma survivors, the LGBTQ community, couples and all forms of families and poly people. I have worked with those with traumatic brain injuries, people with autism, grief and loss, crisis pregnancies, adoption issues, children in foster care and people living with HIV and AIDS. I am proud to have worked in a variety of settings and with people who need support, clarity, and space to heal.
I am currently not accepting new clients . I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has practiced in Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and as an intern in Florida. My background is working with people struggling with substance abuse, trauma survivors, the LGBTQ community, couples and all forms of families and poly people. I have worked with those with traumatic brain injuries, people with autism, grief and loss, crisis pregnancies, adoption issues, children in foster care and people living with HIV and AIDS. I am proud to have worked in a variety of settings and with people who need support, clarity, and space to heal.
(971) 247-1194 View (971) 247-1194
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Adam Rodriguez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
I help couples that are struggling with: communication problems, infidelity, intimacy issues, transitions, attempts to conceive, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, emotional issues related to the adoption process, and difficulties in the transition to parenthood.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience. I have a specialty in social justice themes and work heavily with the LGBTQ community, particularly with people of color. My approach to psychotherapy is warm, empathic, and compassionate. I treat each individual professionally and with respect and with acknowledgement of your individual strengths. I listen attentively to your thoughts and feelings, while also focusing on factors that are out of your conscious awareness (such as anxieties, values, and expectations) that can get expressed in relationships or through problematic patterns or symptoms.
I help couples that are struggling with: communication problems, infidelity, intimacy issues, transitions, attempts to conceive, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, emotional issues related to the adoption process, and difficulties in the transition to parenthood.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience. I have a specialty in social justice themes and work heavily with the LGBTQ community, particularly with people of color. My approach to psychotherapy is warm, empathic, and compassionate. I treat each individual professionally and with respect and with acknowledgement of your individual strengths. I listen attentively to your thoughts and feelings, while also focusing on factors that are out of your conscious awareness (such as anxieties, values, and expectations) that can get expressed in relationships or through problematic patterns or symptoms.
(503) 616-5375 View (503) 616-5375
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Avvy Mar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Portland, OR 97239
I have expertise in therapy with parents of children with chronic illness and medical trauma, and have extensive experience working with adoption issues.
My work involves helping you find what is most valuable to you and how you can live more in tune with your values and goals. By helping explore your feelings and relationships, we can discover together what patterns and obstacles can be shifted to bring you into the life you want. I am experienced in helping people improve their relationships, professional lives and sense of personal identity.
I have expertise in therapy with parents of children with chronic illness and medical trauma, and have extensive experience working with adoption issues.
My work involves helping you find what is most valuable to you and how you can live more in tune with your values and goals. By helping explore your feelings and relationships, we can discover together what patterns and obstacles can be shifted to bring you into the life you want. I am experienced in helping people improve their relationships, professional lives and sense of personal identity.
(503) 406-4227 View (503) 406-4227
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Cassandra Gardner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
When working with clients I prioritize the therapeutic relationship. We become a team working toward your goals, and I place significant value on honesty, authenticity, humor, compassion, validation, and accountability into our work together. Since starting my counseling practice I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing various challenges including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, gender dysphoria, grief, interpersonal issues, life transitions, adoption, self-esteem, bipolar II disorder, and more.
When working with clients I prioritize the therapeutic relationship. We become a team working toward your goals, and I place significant value on honesty, authenticity, humor, compassion, validation, and accountability into our work together. Since starting my counseling practice I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing various challenges including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, gender dysphoria, grief, interpersonal issues, life transitions, adoption, self-esteem, bipolar II disorder, and more.
(503) 966-8721 View (503) 966-8721
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Grace J Hamilton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
As of 3/1/24 I am only accepting new child & adolescent clients for telehealth consultations for the waitlist. Please visit my website (www.embarkcounselingnw.com) to request a free video or phone consultation. I focus on child & adolescent counseling to address a variety of life's issues, including but not limited to: trauma and stress, anxiety, depression, post-adoption and foster care challenges, LGBTQ+ including gender and sexual identity, racial identity, ADHD, academic issues, behavioral challenges and more!
As of 3/1/24 I am only accepting new child & adolescent clients for telehealth consultations for the waitlist. Please visit my website (www.embarkcounselingnw.com) to request a free video or phone consultation. I focus on child & adolescent counseling to address a variety of life's issues, including but not limited to: trauma and stress, anxiety, depression, post-adoption and foster care challenges, LGBTQ+ including gender and sexual identity, racial identity, ADHD, academic issues, behavioral challenges and more!
(971) 206-9408 View (971) 206-9408
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Kannon Elizabeth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97239
I assist clients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: adolescents 12 and older, trauma, adoption, LGBTQIA+ (including medical assessments), depression, anxiety, racial Identity, racial trauma, suicidal ideation, self harm, school issues, self-esteem, family conflict, coping skills, and peer relationships.
Currently Accepting New Clients! My approach is person centered: You are the expert in your own life and I am here to help and support with your journey whatever that looks like. I use a variety of techniques that are both collaborative and strengths-based and draw from social justice and equity work. I don’t just look at you as the individual but also how your surrounding environment impacts you. My counseling style is warm and compassionate. I want to offer you a safe space to heal and grow. It would be an honor to work with you on your life journey. You are the expert and I am here to support you on that journey.
I assist clients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: adolescents 12 and older, trauma, adoption, LGBTQIA+ (including medical assessments), depression, anxiety, racial Identity, racial trauma, suicidal ideation, self harm, school issues, self-esteem, family conflict, coping skills, and peer relationships.
Currently Accepting New Clients! My approach is person centered: You are the expert in your own life and I am here to help and support with your journey whatever that looks like. I use a variety of techniques that are both collaborative and strengths-based and draw from social justice and equity work. I don’t just look at you as the individual but also how your surrounding environment impacts you. My counseling style is warm and compassionate. I want to offer you a safe space to heal and grow. It would be an honor to work with you on your life journey. You are the expert and I am here to support you on that journey.
(971) 319-9085 View (971) 319-9085

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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.