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Therapy For Adopted Adults


Navigating the complexities of identity, belonging, and relationships can be particularly challenging for adopted adults. How can therapy help adopted adults to navigate their journeys with resilience and self-understanding.

  • Exploring Identity and Self-Discovery: Therapy provides a safe and supportive space for adopted adults to explore questions of identity, including their sense of self, cultural heritage, and roots. 

  • Processing Adoption-Related Trauma: Many adopted adults grapple with unresolved feelings of loss, abandonment, or rejection associated with their adoption experience. Therapy offers a compassionate and nonjudgmental environment to process these emotions, heal from past wounds, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

  • Navigating Relationships and Attachment: Adoption can influence the way individuals form and maintain relationships throughout their lives. Therapy helps adopted adults navigate attachment patterns, trust issues, and intimacy challenges, fostering deeper connections with themselves and others.

  • Addressing Grief and Loss: Adopted adults may experience a unique form of grief associated with the loss of biological family connections, cultural heritage, or a sense of belonging. Therapy provides a space to honour and mourn these losses while finding meaning and acceptance in their adoption story.

  • Exploring Adoption and Family Dynamics: Therapy explores the complexities of adoption dynamics and family relationships, including issues of reunion, reunion rejection, or navigating contact with birth families. 

  • Supporting Life Transitions and Milestones: Adopted adults may face unique challenges during major life transitions, such as marriage, parenthood, or career changes. Therapy provides guidance and support during these transitions, helping individuals navigate new roles and identities with confidence and authenticity.

  • Empowering Self-Acceptance: Ultimately, therapy for adopted adults aims to foster self-acceptance, self-compassion, and empowerment. Through validation, affirmation, and self-exploration, therapy helps individuals embrace their adoption story as an integral part of their identity and journey.

If you're an adopted adult seeking support and understanding, our psychologists can help.

We offer Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy to support families to connect and deepen their relationships. See our services for children and adolescents.

All of our psychologists have received additional training in adoption informed care. 

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