Adoptive families face some complex core issues that affect all members of the adoption triad. The core psychological issues include trust, attachment, abandonment, rejection, self-esteem, identity, grief/loss, guilt, shame, control and intimacy. Children may be experiencing complicated grief, confusion, or loneliness and communicate self-rejection as emotional and behavioral problems. Parents may be experiencing their own unprocessed loss, stress and a possible host of challenges that may show up in family relationships. I work with children using expressive art therapy and education as well as adult adoptees, adoptive parents and families using a resource-based approach
Loss and Grief
Grief is a natural response to loss. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief can be. Your grief may be related to the death of a loved one, death of a pet, divorce or relationship breakup, loss of health, loss of job, a miscarriage, retirement, a loved one’s serious illness, loss of a friendship, a move, or other life changes that create an emotional impact. Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, life experience, faith, and the nature of the loss. It is highly important to understanding of the interconnected stages and cycles of grief and to be supported and to honor your unique needs.
Cancer and Medical Issues
The psychological effects of cancer or a medical illness can become overwhelming and stressful. People can experience any combination of stress including depression, anxiety, confusion, difficulty coping or spiritual issues. You can be supported in your experience using any of the offered modalities that fit your needs and, learn relaxation and stress management skills. I work with people experiencing illness, their families, friends and caretakers.
Depression & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are both experiences that are disturbances in body energy flow and they are stress responses. Current research shows that depression and anxiety may be two sides of the same coin reported by the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Through an assessment, a whole person approach is used to understand what is contributing to the nature, duration and context of your present experience, and what is needed related to psychotherapy, spirituality or possible medical attention. Anxiety may include feelings of fear, panic, rejection, anger, loneliness or loss of control, confusion, fatigue or muscle tension. Depression often involves loss and which may manifest as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, restlessness, irritable, boredom, weight changes, sleep disturbances and difficulty with concentration or making decisions.
Eating Disorders are serious and complex emotional and physical addictions which include a range of conditions that involve an obsession with food, weight and appearance to the degree that a person's heath, relationships and daily activities are adversely affected. Eating disorders can impact people of all ages and sexes. People can use this as a way of coping with emotional pain and conflict related to separation, low self-esteem, depression, stress or trauma. I use integrate ACT/Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Art Therapy and Voice Dialogue in the therapeutic process so that you can become aware of thoughts and emotions that are either avoided or, drive the eating disorder process.