Join a series of virtual discussion groups for adult adoptees, with monthly themes based on the chapters of “The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal” authored by Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker. Each group will be 90 minutes, with multiple meeting times available each month. Upon completing the registration process, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the chapter prompts & a video link to join. Groups will be limited to 8 members + the facilitator, Dr. Wirta-Leiker. The registration fee is $35 (per member & per group; non-transferable & non-refundable). These group is open to adult adoptees residing anywhere in the U.S.
Register for May: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 1: In the Beginning” – Explore your experiences & beliefs about your birth, early interactions with first family members & what you would like to know from the adults who facilitated your adoption process.
Register for June: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 2: Beliefs” – Consider your evolving perceptions of adoption, messages that have influenced your feelings about adoption & how being an adoptee impacts your identity & experiences in the world.
Register for July: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 3: Wishes & What If’s” – Explore your curiosities, wishes, hopes & all of the big “what if’s” around your adoption experience.
Sept: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 4: Perspective Letters” – Consider how it would feel to write to and receive letters from various first family members, exploring a wide range of perspectives, hopes & fears.
Oct: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 5: Adoptive Family” – Explore roles & relationship dynamics within your adoptive family.
Nov: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 6: Special Days” – Consider how birthdays, adoption anniversaries, Mother’s/Father’s Day & other significant days affect you.
Jan: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 7: Relationships” – Explore how your adoptee identity influences your sense of trust, belonging, significance & confidence in relationships & the larger world.
Feb: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 8: Boundaries” – Consider how it feels when others ask about your adoption story & how you choose to respond or set boundaries.
March: Group discussion will focus on “Chapter 9: The Media” – Explore how you are affected by depictions of adoptees in TV shows, movies, books & public arenas.
Adoption is complex & you deserve to work with a professional who understands the the nuances of being an adoptee. I have a literal lifetime of experience with adoption – as an international & transracial adoptee from India, adoptive parent to a son from Ethiopia, & professional who has worked in the adoption community since 2002.
I work with adult adoptees from international, domestic, & foster care adoptions who are struggling with areas such as trauma, grief, loss, racial/ethnic/cultural identity, life transitions, & relationships. I typically approach therapy through the lens of the 7 Core Struggles in Adoption (loss/abandonment, rejection, grief, guilt/shame, identity, intimacy, control), offering individual therapy tailored to fit your needs, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a specialized form of trauma therapy that can help adoptees navigate the struggles experienced early in life.
I am licensed to provide telehealth/virtual counseling to adoptees who reside in the following states, , which are part of the PSYPACT interstate compact:
Colorado (in-person services also available)
District of Columbia
Counseling sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes ($175) or 25 minutes ($95). Initial consultations are complimentary. THE WAITING LIST IS CURRENTLY FULL AND NEW REQUESTS FOR SERVICES ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.