Families going through the adoption process face unique challenges. Navigating the emotional, logistical and legal impacts can be tough for all family members. Depending on their role within the family, adoption may trigger feelings of loss, rejection, guilt, grief and shame. The adopted child may have a hard time adjusting to their new circumstances and may experience symptoms of trauma, PTSD or develop an attachment disorder. A therapist who specializes in adoption issues will be well-versed in the issues that adoptive families face. Seeing a qualified professional, even before concerns arise, can help adoptive (and foster) families to ease the transition during this exciting time.
Local Experts in Adoption Issues
If you are an adoptee, were carried by a surrogate or conceived with a donor egg or sperm, I am honored to provide you with a compassionate place to explore how your conception, birth or adoption relates to your identity as an individual and within your family and community. I also support adoptive and birth parents, donors and surrogates.
I have worked with adoption and foster families for 3 years and with each member of the triad. I have studied adoption counseling specifically and am working on a certification as an adoption counselor.
I completed the Adoption and Foster certification through PSU in Jan. 2018. The certification process included specialized trainings in attachment, trauma, fetal alcohol effects, and life story work.
I specialize in foster and adoptive family issues as well as help adults heal and make sense of their childhood adoption story. I completed my graduate internships with the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center and Forward Stride where I provided Equine-Assisted Therapy to children in foster and adoptive families. Currently I am attending a certificate program in foster and adoptive family therapy.
I do not consider myself an expert in adoption, but I have worked with many families pre and post adoption, as well as helping children with attachment issues.
I have a strong background with families who have grown through adoption. I have worked as both a therapist with these families as well as provided home studies and post adoption reports. I have a comprehensive understanding of attachment in both theory and day to day life. On a personal note, I am also both a biological and adoptive parent.
In addition to my private practice, I work part time as a Family Support Specialist at the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC). In my role there, I have developed specialized knowledge of the unique issues facing adoptive families and have a lot of experience in supporting adoptive families who are facing difficulties.
The adoption umbrella can cover a lot of ground. My work has been primarily with adoptive parents and birthparents, and I have particular experience navigating the rich, challenging and sometimes fraught relationships involved in open adoptions.
Completed advanced clinical training in adoption-related concerns, including trauma, attachment, loss, transracial parenting, and complex family systems. Volunteer extensively with adoption support and education groups, foster care advocacy, and worked as a post-adoption support counselor.