Adoption Issues

Navigating the complexities of adoption can be tough – both for the adoptive parents and the adopted child. Adoptive children and their new families may encounter anxiety, tension or stress. Children, even those who are adopted into caring homes, can experience conflicted feelings about being given up for adoption. Additionally, for parents working towards adoption, the system can seem impossible to get through. A mental health professional who specializes in adoption can be a great asset in helping a family sort through adoption-related issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

Meet the specialists

As an adoptive parent and member of an extended birth family in reunion, I bring my own experiences and sensitivity to the task of providing adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth family members the support they need to tackle the complex issues inherent in adoption. I provide support groups, individual consultations on adoption-related issues, parenting coaching, and ongoing psychotherapy. I work primarily with teens and adults, both adoptees, first family and those parenting adopted children.

— Amy Hecht, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

Adoption involves trauma and working through abandonment and attachment issues. In a nonjudgemental and empathic environment, I assist you in developing your sense of self out of hard circumstances.

— Dr. Jill Klingler, Psychologist in Cincinnati, OH

As an adoptive parent and counselor I understand the challenges faced in blending a family through adoption. I can work with you and your children on issues of grief and loss, identity formation, and attachment in blending your family.

— William Hemphill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Norcross, GA

Children and teens, even when adopted at a young age, may struggle with family and peer relationships, identity and self-esteem issues stemming from their adoption history. Feeling “not good enough” can result from their birth parents’ choice for adoption. At times, children and teens do not express feelings related to adoption in order to protect their parents. I help you explore these feelings and thoughts to build a better understanding of your story and greater confidence in who you are.

— Emily Belknap, Clinical Social Worker in Mount Pleasant, SC

Adoption is both a personal and professional interest of mine. While adoption is regarded by many as a positive experience, I understand that for some, adoption can also leave behind deep and complicated wounds which may impact how you relate to yourself and others. I can work with you to help you understand these wounds, how they affect you, and how you can start to heal from them.

— Meredith Hrebenak, Licensed Professional Counselor in Canton, GA

As an adoptive parent, I have lived experience in addition to my professional training. Whether you are contemplating adoption, have already adopted, or adoption has touched your life in another way, I offer an approach based on attachment and connection. I also have experience working with those in foster care and foster parents.

— Jen Pond, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Beaverton, OR

I have personal experience with adoption. In addition to my lived experience, I have researched the topic thoroughly (including having read The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier) and continue to attend trainings and expand my understanding of related issues.

— Jasmeen Miah, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Capitola, CA

Adoption is a tough process for everyone involved. Often times there are mixed emotional responses to the experience. I will work with you to sort out your experience and emotional reactions. We will collaborate to explore your story. Regardless of the stage of the process you are in, I will offer a secure place for you to experience these emotions and find a more settled future.

— Krista Brown, Associate Clinical Social Worker in University Place, WA

As an adoptee myself, I have a deep passion for working with adults who have been adopted or experienced foster care. Adoption is not a single event in a person’s life, it is an ongoing event as it continues to impact the lives of those involved. Questions and intense emotions can surface when life events such as health concerns, finding and interacting with biological family members, the start or end of a relationship, the birth of a child, or the loss of a parent are may be complicated or deeply significant.

— Kimberley Mead, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Majority of my training has been working with children, adolescents, and families that have experienced adoption and the events leading up to it (infertility, family of origin issues, abuse and neglect).

— Sophia Kang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fullerton, CA

I approach foster and adoption through a trauma-informed lens and view supporting the entire family system as key for stability and success. I have completed certification training in family therapy for foster/adoption through PSU and DHS. I understand the impact that attachment trauma has on the family system, and the importance of working together to build a healthy and thriving family.

— L. Simone D'Amore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

As someone who was adopted, I experienced and learned a lot on my journey. I wrote a book called Adopted Daily and named my Private Practice Adopted Daily. I believe there are beautiful blessings in adoption. I also believe there are some unique challenges faced by people that engage in the adoption process. Adoption is about connection, providing the best-case scenario to children, and creating a healthy family. As each individual member takes care of him or herself, the family gets better.

— Andrew Perez, Counselor

Are you an adoptee, adoptive parent, or birthparent who is experiencing challenges? Find support that is highly sensitive to those who have experienced adoption trauma. No person can understand adoption like people who have been part of the adoption constellation. Consultative support is offered to bridge the gap between family members to create deeper understanding, healing, and resilience.

— Kendle Kulpa, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Las Vegas, NV