Adoption Therapists in Vermont

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Photo of Courtney McGuire, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Vermont
Courtney McGuire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Saint Albans, VT 05478
Telehealth Only at this time I have been lucky to spend the last ten years helping children and families facing a diverse range of life challenges, including anxiety, school challenges, adoption, foster care, trauma and grief and loss. I have worked in schools, community mental health, and intensive home based services. I deeply believe in the healing power of relationships in children's lives. I do everything I can to support family relationships and to build a strong, trusting relationship during the treatment process. I believe that learning and healing best happen when children feel safe, cared for and are having fun.
Telehealth Only at this time I have been lucky to spend the last ten years helping children and families facing a diverse range of life challenges, including anxiety, school challenges, adoption, foster care, trauma and grief and loss. I have worked in schools, community mental health, and intensive home based services. I deeply believe in the healing power of relationships in children's lives. I do everything I can to support family relationships and to build a strong, trusting relationship during the treatment process. I believe that learning and healing best happen when children feel safe, cared for and are having fun.
(802) 988-6728 x0001 View (802) 988-6728 x0001
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Judith R Bush
ACSW, MSW
Wilder, VT 05088
Family and individual development has been a central theme in my work since beginning a social work career in 1967. For many years, I practiced within an agency. A focus on how best to support families coping with challenges after adoption characterized my last agency years. Since 1998, I have had a private counseling practice: Adoption Conversations. In 2013, I joined with two former colleagues to open Dothan Brook Associates on Route 5 in Wilder, VT. My counseling work is now generalized to helping children, adolescents, adults, and families seeking to understand themselves and improve their relationships or their functioning.
Family and individual development has been a central theme in my work since beginning a social work career in 1967. For many years, I practiced within an agency. A focus on how best to support families coping with challenges after adoption characterized my last agency years. Since 1998, I have had a private counseling practice: Adoption Conversations. In 2013, I joined with two former colleagues to open Dothan Brook Associates on Route 5 in Wilder, VT. My counseling work is now generalized to helping children, adolescents, adults, and families seeking to understand themselves and improve their relationships or their functioning.
(802) 823-1745 View (802) 823-1745
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Hailey Libbey
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Colchester, VT 05446
I have extensive experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma & PTSD, LGBTQA+, adoption & attachment, grief & loss, etc.
*Accepting New Clients!** Are you feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts and emotions? Have you experienced a traumatic event or loss and struggling to navigate the world around you? I may be able to help. I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2019. For the past 3 years I have worked with children and teens (5-18) along with their caregivers (bio/foster/adoptive/kin). I have provided direct client care to adults 65+ for over 13 years. I will use a collection of therapeutic modalities to meet your needs. Contact me today at Haileylibbey@gmail.com
I have extensive experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma & PTSD, LGBTQA+, adoption & attachment, grief & loss, etc.
*Accepting New Clients!** Are you feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts and emotions? Have you experienced a traumatic event or loss and struggling to navigate the world around you? I may be able to help. I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2019. For the past 3 years I have worked with children and teens (5-18) along with their caregivers (bio/foster/adoptive/kin). I have provided direct client care to adults 65+ for over 13 years. I will use a collection of therapeutic modalities to meet your needs. Contact me today at Haileylibbey@gmail.com
(802) 200-2955 View (802) 200-2955
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Rachel Gray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Richmond, VT 05477  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working with people who are struggling with infertility, perinatal concerns, and new parenthood. I am especially interested in supporting those who desire to build their own families and need emotional support through the process of infertility, fertility treatments, and exploring various pathways to parenthood such as surrogacy and adoption. I am a strong advocate for maternal mental health and I believe more support for mothers is needed in our society after birth and adoption. I also enjoy working with those who are going through transitions in life, whether that is due to relationship changes, a move or change in job.
I enjoy working with people who are struggling with infertility, perinatal concerns, and new parenthood. I am especially interested in supporting those who desire to build their own families and need emotional support through the process of infertility, fertility treatments, and exploring various pathways to parenthood such as surrogacy and adoption. I am a strong advocate for maternal mental health and I believe more support for mothers is needed in our society after birth and adoption. I also enjoy working with those who are going through transitions in life, whether that is due to relationship changes, a move or change in job.
(802) 448-2278 View (802) 448-2278
Photo of Gordon W Petersen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Vermont
Gordon W Petersen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CEAP
Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
I also have experience in working with adoptive families and couples considering adoption.
For the time being I am working virtually using a telemedicine portal. So far it as been working out well!! Focusing on self and on family history can provide insights to meaningful change. Knowledge of who you are enables you to redirect anxiety and think differently about others in your family and larger social system. Challenges can become opportunities.
I also have experience in working with adoptive families and couples considering adoption.
For the time being I am working virtually using a telemedicine portal. So far it as been working out well!! Focusing on self and on family history can provide insights to meaningful change. Knowledge of who you are enables you to redirect anxiety and think differently about others in your family and larger social system. Challenges can become opportunities.
(833) 268-8290 x2 View (833) 268-8290 x2
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Scott Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Woodstock, VT 05091  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Facilitate treatment with individuals who have PTSD histories including attachment issues in the context of foster & adoption issues; Working with families or young adults who struggle to communicate, get along or are in challenging life situations.
Thank you for your interest. My clinical work focuses on individuals who are experiencing personal, family or relational and communication difficulty. These may include couples or parents of children or teenagers. Additionally, young adults in transition in life including school, job or a relationship. My therapeutic approach is to first explore with you your life history, the presenting problem and then develop a plan, utilizing tools to manage the stressors better. We'll establish goals for our work and embark on a journey together.
Facilitate treatment with individuals who have PTSD histories including attachment issues in the context of foster & adoption issues; Working with families or young adults who struggle to communicate, get along or are in challenging life situations.
Thank you for your interest. My clinical work focuses on individuals who are experiencing personal, family or relational and communication difficulty. These may include couples or parents of children or teenagers. Additionally, young adults in transition in life including school, job or a relationship. My therapeutic approach is to first explore with you your life history, the presenting problem and then develop a plan, utilizing tools to manage the stressors better. We'll establish goals for our work and embark on a journey together.
(802) 200-2514 View (802) 200-2514
Photo of Sandra Nigolian, Registered Psychotherapist in Vermont
Sandra Nigolian
Registered Psychotherapist, MSW
Verified
Burlington, VT 05408
I have experience with acute mental health crisis, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, adoption, ADHD, substance misuse, and a variety of other life situations.
Life presents challenges sometimes. Learning how to access our resiliency, explore negative thought patterns, and strengthen new positive beliefs assists us in creating and maintaining a thriving daily life. I recognize that each person is diverse, having a unique family, social, and cultural history, and that healing and growth can be dependent on numerous factors. I use therapy methods that help bridge communication with children, youth and adults. I hold also hold BA in studio art that contributes to the creativity element of my work with individuals.
I have experience with acute mental health crisis, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, adoption, ADHD, substance misuse, and a variety of other life situations.
Life presents challenges sometimes. Learning how to access our resiliency, explore negative thought patterns, and strengthen new positive beliefs assists us in creating and maintaining a thriving daily life. I recognize that each person is diverse, having a unique family, social, and cultural history, and that healing and growth can be dependent on numerous factors. I use therapy methods that help bridge communication with children, youth and adults. I hold also hold BA in studio art that contributes to the creativity element of my work with individuals.
(802) 255-9991 View (802) 255-9991
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Pamela Kneisel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Norwich, VT 05055
I help individuals and families adapt to major life-altering events related to loss, separation, adoption, pregnancy, and relationship conflict.
I strive to have clients feel safe and accepted while exploring the difficult issues that bring them to my office. I help some people pursue a deeper understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with their living a full and vibrant life. With others we develop strategies designed to address particular issues or change specific challenging behaviors. Much of my work explores connections between early life experiences and current functioning. Specific issues such as anxiety, trauma, or loss have unique strategies that are effective and they are introduced as needed.
I help individuals and families adapt to major life-altering events related to loss, separation, adoption, pregnancy, and relationship conflict.
I strive to have clients feel safe and accepted while exploring the difficult issues that bring them to my office. I help some people pursue a deeper understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with their living a full and vibrant life. With others we develop strategies designed to address particular issues or change specific challenging behaviors. Much of my work explores connections between early life experiences and current functioning. Specific issues such as anxiety, trauma, or loss have unique strategies that are effective and they are introduced as needed.
(603) 605-0945 View (603) 605-0945
Photo of Michelle Minogue, Marriage & Family Therapist in Vermont
Michelle Minogue
Marriage & Family Therapist, MBA, MA, LMFT
Verified
Burlington, VT 05405  (Online Only)
Do you feel discouraged, anxious, or just unable to feel better? Do you ever get stuck in your thoughts or worry that you aren't good enough? Experiencing conflict in your relationship? Struggling with adoption issues? Have a family member with special needs? Life presents us with many challenges that can be overwhelming. My priority as a therapist is to provide you with a caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where your strengths, unrecognized needs, and goals can be realized. I work with clients on creating meaningful connections, improving self-esteem and confidence, self-care, and achieving overall well-being.
Do you feel discouraged, anxious, or just unable to feel better? Do you ever get stuck in your thoughts or worry that you aren't good enough? Experiencing conflict in your relationship? Struggling with adoption issues? Have a family member with special needs? Life presents us with many challenges that can be overwhelming. My priority as a therapist is to provide you with a caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where your strengths, unrecognized needs, and goals can be realized. I work with clients on creating meaningful connections, improving self-esteem and confidence, self-care, and achieving overall well-being.
(203) 220-6147 View (203) 220-6147
Photo of Wendy Maria Kennedy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Vermont
Wendy Maria Kennedy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Brattleboro, VT 05301
I am a LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with 13 years of experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, codependency, relationship issues, and PTSD. I have many years of experience working with adults who come from families with substance abuse issues. I enjoy working with women who are having struggles around parenting and relationships. I also worked with children and families for years. I was the supervisor of a foster family agency. Due to this I am well versed in issues around parenting, adoption and children who have experienced foster care.
I am a LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with 13 years of experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, codependency, relationship issues, and PTSD. I have many years of experience working with adults who come from families with substance abuse issues. I enjoy working with women who are having struggles around parenting and relationships. I also worked with children and families for years. I was the supervisor of a foster family agency. Due to this I am well versed in issues around parenting, adoption and children who have experienced foster care.
(413) 307-3793 View (413) 307-3793
Photo of Courtney Bohen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Vermont
Courtney Bohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
I have worked extensively with all sides of the adoption triad.
At the core of my work as a therapist is the relationship we create between us. My style is empathic, strengths-based and direct. I will assist you in understanding your emotional patterns, help you find your way through life transitions, to strengthen and repair your boundaries and relationships, and learn new ways of coping and thinking about your life story.
I have worked extensively with all sides of the adoption triad.
At the core of my work as a therapist is the relationship we create between us. My style is empathic, strengths-based and direct. I will assist you in understanding your emotional patterns, help you find your way through life transitions, to strengthen and repair your boundaries and relationships, and learn new ways of coping and thinking about your life story.
(802) 402-4454 View (802) 402-4454
Photo of Moxie Taylor Craig, Pre-Licensed Professional in Vermont
Moxie Taylor Craig
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling to find your place within your community or within yourself? Together we can seek out clarity, navigate transition, and strengthen relationships. Our therapeutic work centers around creating a deeper understanding self, diving into your beliefs and values, and the cycles we play out in relationships with others.
Are you struggling to find your place within your community or within yourself? Together we can seek out clarity, navigate transition, and strengthen relationships. Our therapeutic work centers around creating a deeper understanding self, diving into your beliefs and values, and the cycles we play out in relationships with others.
(802) 909-3492 View (802) 909-3492
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Abby Jacobson, Adoptee Counselor
MA
Putney, VT 05346
Adoptees are often a silent population due to challenges surrounding the issue of trust. Needs for this population may include difficulties connecting with others, difficulty with self esteem & making decisions to appease others rather than for themselves. Goals are often directly linked to these issues. How do I know? I have both lived experiences as a former foster child & adoptee who then used those experiences to launch me into the field of psychotherapy where I accrued over 20 years of experience. Learning to trust & knowing who we are as adoptees is an important part of the healing work we will do together.
Adoptees are often a silent population due to challenges surrounding the issue of trust. Needs for this population may include difficulties connecting with others, difficulty with self esteem & making decisions to appease others rather than for themselves. Goals are often directly linked to these issues. How do I know? I have both lived experiences as a former foster child & adoptee who then used those experiences to launch me into the field of psychotherapy where I accrued over 20 years of experience. Learning to trust & knowing who we are as adoptees is an important part of the healing work we will do together.
(802) 328-9462 View (802) 328-9462
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Laura Hoskins
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
Brattleboro, VT 05301
I have experience and expertise in working with adoptive children and families, particularly around attachment disorders. My practice has shown me that I have a particular skill with pre-teens and adolescents. Clients in the LGBTQ and alternative lifestyles communities will find an open-minded and welcoming presence in working with me. I especially enjoy working with transgender teens and young adults. I seek to help empower clients to find inner resources to fulfill their life goals and duly face life's challenges.
I have experience and expertise in working with adoptive children and families, particularly around attachment disorders. My practice has shown me that I have a particular skill with pre-teens and adolescents. Clients in the LGBTQ and alternative lifestyles communities will find an open-minded and welcoming presence in working with me. I especially enjoy working with transgender teens and young adults. I seek to help empower clients to find inner resources to fulfill their life goals and duly face life's challenges.
(802) 427-7315 View (802) 427-7315
Christopher Colpitts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
For over 20 years, I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents and their families to improve relationships, overcome the effects of complex trauma, and foster healthy attachments between children and parents. I have experience working with attachment issues, as well as training in Trauma-Focused CBT. With children, a directive, supportive and playful approach is used to overcome shame and fear. I also treat adults with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety and personality disorders. Meeting clients where they are is important to healing emotional wounds and building confidence in personal decision making.
For over 20 years, I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents and their families to improve relationships, overcome the effects of complex trauma, and foster healthy attachments between children and parents. I have experience working with attachment issues, as well as training in Trauma-Focused CBT. With children, a directive, supportive and playful approach is used to overcome shame and fear. I also treat adults with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety and personality disorders. Meeting clients where they are is important to healing emotional wounds and building confidence in personal decision making.
(802) 278-9743 View (802) 278-9743
Photo of Randy J. Bulpin Counseling and Supervision, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vermont
Randy J. Bulpin Counseling and Supervision
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
Hardwick, VT 05843
Waitlist for new clients
My practice is based on the premise that the relationship is key to emotional wellbeing. Life experiences and especially trauma can lead us to distort our interpretations of both our internal and external worlds. My counseling experience began in 2007 working with young people with extensive social, emotional, and behavioral needs. This inevitably raised my awareness of the importance of the family and related support systems. I spent much of my life as a professional musician and have been able to use music in my therapeutic work, supporting the development and maintenance of sharing, self-regulation, and effective communication.
My practice is based on the premise that the relationship is key to emotional wellbeing. Life experiences and especially trauma can lead us to distort our interpretations of both our internal and external worlds. My counseling experience began in 2007 working with young people with extensive social, emotional, and behavioral needs. This inevitably raised my awareness of the importance of the family and related support systems. I spent much of my life as a professional musician and have been able to use music in my therapeutic work, supporting the development and maintenance of sharing, self-regulation, and effective communication.
(802) 242-8413 View (802) 242-8413
Photo of Lisa Tedeschi, Marriage & Family Therapist in Vermont
Lisa Tedeschi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northfield, VT 05663
Are you considering therapy to be better with the ones you love, to improve your life, to gain clarity, to find new energy, to heal, to make sense of a complex world, to find your power, or just stop hurting? I can help you create new possibilities, whether you are looking for skills and training or a safe space to unfold. I am committed to respectfully supporting people from diverse worldviews and will take time to understand your life and relationships from your perspective. We can start with a free 15 min. call to explore whether therapy with me is a good fit for your needs, and to answer your questions.
Are you considering therapy to be better with the ones you love, to improve your life, to gain clarity, to find new energy, to heal, to make sense of a complex world, to find your power, or just stop hurting? I can help you create new possibilities, whether you are looking for skills and training or a safe space to unfold. I am committed to respectfully supporting people from diverse worldviews and will take time to understand your life and relationships from your perspective. We can start with a free 15 min. call to explore whether therapy with me is a good fit for your needs, and to answer your questions.
(802) 949-0822 View (802) 949-0822
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Hannah Fuller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
I believe one of the most healing things we can do is understand our stories and how it affects our everyday life and relationships. These experiences can manifest in different ways such as anxiety, emotional numbness, or relationship challenges. The clients I work with have oftentimes experienced complex relational traumas in childhood and dysfunctional family dynamics. Through these difficult experiences, we develop coping strategies and protective behaviors, which may no longer be serving you.
I believe one of the most healing things we can do is understand our stories and how it affects our everyday life and relationships. These experiences can manifest in different ways such as anxiety, emotional numbness, or relationship challenges. The clients I work with have oftentimes experienced complex relational traumas in childhood and dysfunctional family dynamics. Through these difficult experiences, we develop coping strategies and protective behaviors, which may no longer be serving you.
(410) 324-6984 View (410) 324-6984
Photo of Emily Agostini, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Vermont
Emily Agostini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, worn out? Do you struggle saying no to others leaving little time for yourself? Do you often find yourself overthinking small situations? Are you looking to better understand how your past is impacting you today?
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, worn out? Do you struggle saying no to others leaving little time for yourself? Do you often find yourself overthinking small situations? Are you looking to better understand how your past is impacting you today?
(860) 467-0109 View (860) 467-0109
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Julie R Tatkon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, Imago, EMDR
Verified
Middlebury, VT 05753
Waitlist for new clients
Good therapy can produce long lasting life changes. I approach therapy as a collaborative effort. I start with where the client finds themselves in the present. I listen with both curiosity and empathy to understand an individual's unique experience. In treatment I create an atmosphere of trust where together we can identify your strengths, find practical solutions to problems and unfold underlying difficulties that are obstacles to your experience of a rich and fulfilling life.
Good therapy can produce long lasting life changes. I approach therapy as a collaborative effort. I start with where the client finds themselves in the present. I listen with both curiosity and empathy to understand an individual's unique experience. In treatment I create an atmosphere of trust where together we can identify your strengths, find practical solutions to problems and unfold underlying difficulties that are obstacles to your experience of a rich and fulfilling life.
(917) 708-8407 View (917) 708-8407

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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.