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Adoption / Attachment Issues
Adoption is an incredible journey for both the child being adopted and the family adopting. Often times trauma or abandonment affects the way people attach and form relationships. Families can be confused or frustrated with the response of their new child. Families desire to love and create a relationship with their child. They see the wounds of the child as they go through their journey of love and attachment. As the child and family work to become a connected attached relationship, families can see the struggles and fears of their new child as they enter into the family. Loving and helping the child experience love, is a journey of hope and healing.
In adoption work, we often forget to address the emotional needs of the existing family members whether biological or adopted. Children can experience grief and a sense of loss when a new child enters the family. It is important to help with this transition and understanding for all family members.
Megan has specific training in the area of Attachment and Adoption:
Trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Megan uses this approach to connect families in the process of attachment. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is a specific therapy developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes, who is a national specialist in the area of adoption and attachment. This therapy approach has brought families together in the journey of attachment.
Megan is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, to assist in the traumatic events blocking the way for an attached relationship. This therapy technique was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, who is a national specialist in the area of trauma.
Megan also uses Trust-Based Relational Intervention, which was developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis at the Institute of Child Development.
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