Along with it being at the heart of my own story, the specific personal and cultural issues classic to adoption are why I’ve begun to focus part of my practice on people who are members of the adoption triad.
You may — or may not — know if you’re part of this triad. If you’re a mother who surrendered your child, or children, for adoption, yes, you know. If you’re an adoptive parent, yes, you know. If you’re an adoptee, or an adoptee’s close relative, you may, or may not, know. I grew up knowing I was adopted, and I enjoyed its benefits. I was also someone who found it important to search for my genetic roots.
Being adopted is a different life experience from being born into a family and staying there. Surrendering a child to adoption is different from losing a child to death. Adopting a child opens the heart to loving a child, as does giving birth to a child. But, particularly where the adoption has been shrouded in secrecy, those involved in adoption need help to successfully navigate the grief of loss, to reframe inter-generational trauma, and to overcome issues around self-worth and creative expression.
If that’s you, and my work appeals to you give me a call: 413-822-7681, or use email to contact me. Either way, let’s talk.