Adoption Therapy and Counselling in Toronto
Adoptive parenting can be even more complex than parenting biological children can. Adoptive parents face unique challenges raising adopted children and it is crucial for adoptive parents, especially as adopted children become teenagers, to keep the lines of communication open. Psychotherapy and counselling can prove immensely helpful in this area. Adopted teens will have additional issues to face as they mature into adults.
What is Adoption Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy and Counselling can provide help transitioning through adoption issues. Adoption therapists at KMA are well trained in the area of Adoption therapy. Aims and objectives for therapy with adoption can include:
- learning how to express your emotions, thoughts and beliefs without the worry of how family members or friends will react.
- understand how the core issues in adoption impact all adopted persons, birth parents and adoptive parents.
- learn communication skills that will enable you to talk to family and friends about adoption or reunion issues.
- understand and decide if domestic or international adoption or reproductive technologies is right for you.
- get support and guidance for complex issues such as secrecy, adoption breakdown, genetic sexual attraction, special needs adoptions and family rejection.
- develop adoption sensitive parenting skills that are attachment based and learn how to talk to your kids about adoption.
How does Adoption Therapy and Counselling at KMA work?
1. 50-Minute Consultation
Psychotherapy and Counselling here at KMA Therapy begins with a 50 minute consultation with one of our intake counsellors. In these fifty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality.
We believe the consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions and concerns you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended adoption counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
The fee for 50-minute consultations is $190 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.
2. 50-Minute Weekly Sessions
After the consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.
3. Finish and Evaluate
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued therapy to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!
Self-Help Reading on Adoption and Counselling
Blau, Eric. STORIES OF ADOPTION: Loss And Reunion New Sage Press,1993.
Lifton, Betty Jean. LOST & FOUND: The Adoption Experience. Perennial Library,1988 (first ed.1979).
Wadia-Ella, Susan, editor. THE ADOPTION READER: Birth Mothers, Adoptive Mothers & Adopted Daughters Tell Their Stories. Seal Press, 1995.