Are You Struggling With Adoption?

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Adoption is the legal process that involves transferring the care of a child from biological parents to adoptive parents. Partners or individuals may choose adoption to raise children for various reasons. Similarly, an adopted person might go through phases when they wonder why their biological parents put them up for adoption. They also might experience confusion regarding the presence or absence of their biological parents in their life.

Available Treatment Options

Therapy for those involved in the adoption process aims to address emotions surrounding the experience. Therapists using therapeutic interventions may include a detailed look at the person’s past and how adoption affected them. Children who have been in the foster care system or were adopted may benefit from Play and Art therapies, which give them a creative outlet to express emotions.

Therapists Who Specialize in Helping Those Who Struggle With Adoption

Priscilla Abji, MEd, LCSW

Long Beach


Hello! My name is Priscilla Abji and I provide compassionate and evidence-based therapy for adults. I specialize in trauma, intergenerational trauma, 1st/2nd gen family and cultural issues, attachment, foster/adoption, relationships, PTSD, anxiety, psychodynamic therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
None of us becomes who we are in isolation. We'll work together in a safe and collaborative environment to set and follow the trajectory toward your own definition of success. I have experience with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and trauma. A specialty of my practice is working with transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their families.

Heather McConnell



If you are feeling overwhelmed, broken, or just at a loss as to what to do to improve your circumstances, I can help. We will work together to help you process through and heal from the difficulties that life inevitably throws at us. I specialize in helping children, adolescents, and adults learn how to better understand the hard things that happen in their lives (i.e. difficult relationships,…

Nicole Jackson, LCSW-C



I believe that effective therapy is rooted in the importance of the individual, and built on trust, comfortability, and unconditional empathy. My treatment approach is person-centered, using methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength-Based skills, and Behavioral Modification. I value taking the time to understand my clients’ passions so that I can integrate these into their tr...

Idris Gaines MSW



I provide therapy for children and families. I am passionate about helping individuals reach their goals and creating positive change. My focus is to work in collaboration with you to understand your needs and develop the most appropriate plan to aid you in your goals.

Stephanie Mason, LMFT



Together, we will create a space of emotional safety where you feel seen, heard and understood. My specialty is in Complex Trauma, Chronic Pain, PTSD and Low Self Esteem. Call today for a free consultation!

Dr. Lucie M. Taustine, Ph.D.

Massapequa Park

New York

My approach to understanding people is grounded in diverse psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory; I believe in both conscious and unconscious motivations for our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Since not all patients want or need the same type of treatment, my skillset includes: psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, therapeutic hypnosis, holistic approaches...

Lauren Wynn

Colorado Springs


Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), and Level 1 trained Gottman Couples Therapist. She specializes in couple/marital and premarital counseling (with experience and specialized training in working with LGBTQIA+ couples and non-traditional relationship structures), anxiety and stress management, depression, and cha...