Adoption Therapists in Vermont

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Judith R Bush
ACSW, MSW
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
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Wilder, VT 05088
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Sharon Goedkoop
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, PLLC
Verified
Verified
Prior to starting a private practice, I had many years of experience working in an agency with children, individuals and families struggling with complex life situations including divorce, blended families, foster care, adoption , transition to adulthood, and identity issues. I also worked in a medical setting with chronic and terminal illness I believe that life transitions and times of crisis can be excellent opportunities for reflection and positive change. My particular interest is working with members of the adoption triad. My ideal clients are youth ages 14 and older, individuals and families, including senior citizens.
(802) 444-0718
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Katherine Allen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Be it dealing with interpersonal relationship concerns, parenting, addiction, abuse, adoption , attachment, trauma, emerging from domestic violence, sexual assault healing, or troubles associated with illness or loss.
My primary goal is to help people who feel stuck, either in unproductive communication patterns or conflicts that threaten their most important relationships. I place great value on being a compassionate, non-judgmental, responsive collaborator, uncovering clients' strengths, unrecognized needs, new or under-utilized talents and problem solving abilities. I find that this approach helps most clients come "unstuck" and reach their goals in a gentle and supportive process. I use Brainspotting™ with clients for resolving traumatic experiences, PTSD, attachment and anxiety. I also use trauma-sensitive HeartMath™ tools.
(833) 427-7528
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Norwich, VT 05055
Not accepting new clients
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Hailey Libbey
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Verified
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
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Colchester, VT 05446
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Danielle Robillard D'Amico, Psy.D., LLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
In my practice, I treat older adolescents, college students, adults, and families. I have extensive experience in working with those who face a variety of issues including anxiety, depressed mood, OCD, grief, family and life transitions, chronic illness, peer issues, trauma, adoption , and attachment-related concerns. Additionally, I work with clients seeking to deepen self-awareness, heal emotional wounds, and explore areas in their lives that they would like to strengthen.
(802) 681-9717
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Burlington, VT 05401
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Sandra Nigolian
Registered Psychotherapist, MSW
Verified
Verified
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
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Burlington, VT 05408
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J Heather Fitzpatrick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, RPT-S
Verified
Verified
Heather serves children, adolescents, adults, and families using a variety of treatment modalities to help clients address deep issues such as depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, adult trauma, grief, adoption , special needs, relational problems, divorce, the military lifestyle, and parenting concerns to name a few.
As a naval spouse of 16 years, and the mother of two children with mental health and developmental needs, J. Heather Fitzpatrick, LICSW, RPT-S, knows how difficult it can be to cope with adversity. With twenty-two years of clinical experience working with individuals, children and military service members across the range of mental health diagnoses, Heather is compassionate, committed, and well versed in guiding you to achieve your personal goals. Maintaining high esteem towards one’s natural tendency to achieve personal growth, Heather considers the clinical relationship sacrosanct and values a strength based perspective.
(802) 441-7128
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Colchester, VT 05446
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Jen Castonguay
Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I value an integrative approach to clinical work with children, adolescents, and families. I enjoy partnering with clients to identify strengths, create personal goals, and challenge perceived barriers to making change. I have experience with clients of varied age groups and presenting issues, including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, anger management, adoption , family conflict, parenting issues, emotion regulation, coping skills, and social awareness/understanding skills.
(802) 664-4519
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Milton, VT 05468
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Scott Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
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 ls are experiencing personal, family or relational and communication difficulty. These may include couples or parents of children or teenagers. 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
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Woodstock, VT 05091
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Kim Butterfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Verified
Kim also sees families who have problems with infertility, high risk pregnancies, difficult birth experiences, relationship concerns around pregnancy and birth, and issues with adoption , separation, and loss throughout the life cycle.
Kim is an experienced generalist with a specialty in childbearing loss. Her background includes 45 years in mental health, family service, hospital, academic, and private practice settings. Her counseling practice addresses a wide range of issues with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. She has expertise with depression, anxiety, parent/child problems, couples conflicts, women's issues, and separation, loss and trauma.
(802) 536-8084
Williston, VT 05495
Not accepting new clients
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Rachel Gray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Verified
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
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Richmond, VT 05477
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Hillary Holmes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I am adoption -competent.
"Long-lasting responses to trauma result not simply from the experience of fear and helplessness but also from how our bodies interpret those experiences." (Rachel Yehuda) Trauma can be thought of as an experience that overwhelms the individual's ability to process the event as it is happening. I work with children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by trauma, to help bring relief to their lives. By partnering with individuals to help release stress, we can co-create a fresh, new framework for future experiences.
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Essex Junction, VT 05452
Not accepting new clients
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Gordon W Petersen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CEAP
Verified
Verified
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
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Burlington, VT 05401
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Pamela Kneisel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
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
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Norwich, VT 05055
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Tanya Koifman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I support people through a range of life situations including: anxiety, divorce, grief/loss, transitions, coming out, college life, illness, fertility treatments, DCP(donor conceived people), adoption , parenting, care givers, communication issues.
I am a warm, affirming, non-judgmental psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, and I work with an interactive, relational, humanistic, strengths-based, trauma-informed, HAES-aligned, and transparent approach. I believe that people have the innate capacity to heal and change. We will work together to develop a deeper understanding of your life goals and perspectives, so that we can custom-tailor techniques to make your life most meaningful for you. I am licensed to practice with people who are in the following states: NY, NJ, PA, VT, RI, DE, SC, FL.
(201) 730-4497
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Burlington, VT 05405
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Courtney Bohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I have worked 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
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White River Junction, VT 05001
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Kristen L Sheppard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
My experience includes managing a large community mental health center; substance use treatment; the LGBTQIA2+ community; post adoption work; raising a child with disabilities; and navigating the courts, disabilities, and the special education systems.
Currently accepting new clients, I am an online only therapist with 28 years of experience. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont I am able to provide counseling via telehealth to residents of all 3 states. I utilize a variety of approaches and tailor treatment to meet each client’s specific needs. I am trauma informed, strengths based, and solution focused in developing strategies to help promote personal growth. I currently hold certifications in Clinical Trauma, Family Trauma, Child and Adolescent Trauma, CBT, DBT, and Addictions.
(978) 361-0627
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Burlington, VT 05401
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Victoria Rhodin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MDiv
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I offer clinical and administrative supervision to therapists working toward licensure or in training. I am a Consultant in Training for EMDR-trained clinicians working toward EMDRIA certification, and an Approved Consultant for clinicians learning or practicing clinical hypnosis. I also provide individual and family psychotherapy. I particularly enjoy working with adoptive families, and with people dealing with cross-cultural and/or spiritual issues. I also work with people with post partum depression and anxiety, pregnancy-related concerns, pregnancy loss, reproductive decision-making and fertility issues.
(802) 736-0058
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Montpelier, VT 05602
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Margot Childs Prendergast
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My work is inspired by clients committed to exploring healthy ways to prevent, cope with, and diminish distress. Together, we explore possibilities through developing curiosity, courage, and taking action towards greater self gratification and improved relationships.
(802) 272-6559
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Berlin, VT 05602
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Randy J. Bulpin Counseling and Supervision
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
Verified
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
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Hardwick, VT 05843
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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.