GROUP SERVICES

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.

INDIVIDUAL SERVICES

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:

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado (in-person services also available)
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin

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.


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