Adoption Therapy

Finding an Adoption Therapist

Adoption Therapy

Finding an Adoption Therapist

Adoption is a mix of both gains and losses. Some adoptees feel the loss acutely, while others do not. Some adoptees also carry the scars and hurt from pre-adoption abuse and neglect. Some struggle to attach to their new parents, and some parents struggle to attach to their new children.

Help is available. Therapists trained in adoption issues can work with children and with families to help smooth out the bumps that sometimes accompany adoption.

How to Find an Adoption Therapist

Finding a counselor that is competent and trained to handle adoption-related mental health issues is a challenge. Here are some suggestions:

You can seek also “word of mouth” recommendations that come from sources you can trust. Some of those sources might be:

  • Fellow adoptive and foster parents
  • Adoption agency, home study agency, or social worker
  • Family doctor or pediatrician
  • Children’s hospital
  • Adoption clinic
  • School counselor or guidance team

You might find that conversations with these sources will lead you to other suggestions, and you should be able to compile a sizeable list for your starting point.

How To Find an A Therapist For a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused

If you are looking for an adoption therapist that specializes in working with kids who have been sexually abused, Dr. Jennifer offered the following additional considerations in a Creating a Family radio show on Helping Children Heal from Sexual Abuse:

  • Look for a therapist who is both adoption-competent and trained and experienced in working with young, pre- and school-aged children. Educational experience in child development will be very helpful.
  • Consider searching for an RPT – An RPT is a Registered Play Therapist. RPT’s are mental health professionals who have completed extensive additional training and supervision in play therapy (Keep in mind, depending upon the age of the child, play therapy might be more helpful than traditional talk therapy.)
  • Ask the potential therapist if he or she has both childhood trauma AND sexual abuse training and experience and with what ages.
  • Ask the therapist if he or she collaborates with other medical, mental health, and school professionals if need be and share some examples of how that works.
  • Sound out the therapist to see if he or she is family-focused? Does he or she understand and treat the impacts of this abuse on the family unit? Is he or she willing to help you become educated allies to your child(ren)?

Interviewing an Adoption Therapist to Find the Right Fit

Finally, these resources can help you craft a thorough interview to find the right fit for you and your adopted child.

Creating a Family has many additional resources on finding an adoption therapist. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:

Many more Creating a Family interviews with experts, blogs, and fact sheets on adoption therapy can be found at the icons below

Image credit: Matas Petrikas

Additional Resources

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Creating a Family Radio Shows on Adoption Therapy

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Creating a Family Blogs on Adoption Therapy

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Creating a Family Factsheets, Tips on Adoption Therapy