Professional Adoption & Foster Care Counseling

People seek counseling for a variety of reasons.

Maybe you are a parent who never thought creating your family through adoption would bring so much heartache. Perhaps you aged out of foster care and have been experiencing relationship difficulties.  Maybe you are experiencing child welfare involvement and are working toward reunification. Perhaps you are struggling with infertility and the grief and loss of not being able to conceive a child is all-consuming.

Other reasons to seek counseling may include:

  • You are feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do
  • You are struggling to attach to your child
  • You are working toward reunification with your biological child and need support
  • Your child had a difficult birth or an early hospitalization
  • Your child was prenatally exposed to substances
  • Your child has experienced abuse, neglect or trauma
  • You are noticing an increase in acting out, defiance or controlling behaviors
  • Your child is struggling with their identity formation
  • You made an adoption plan for your child and are struggling emotionally to move on
  • You are an adult adoptee and considering reuniting with your birth family

At Connect, we are committed to providing everyone the opportunity to identify and process their life experiences in a safe, comfortable environment. For children, we have created a client-centered playroom with therapeutic toys designed to allow the child to process their trauma through play. A sand tray along with a variety of art materials aids the child in processing their memories and experiences.

Adolescents enjoy the opportunity to kick back and share their frustrations with clinicians who are trained in the unique challenges this age group brings. Creating vision boards, life books and journaling are often part of the treatment process.

Individuals, couples and families enjoy a safe haven where hopes and dreams along with challenges and frustrations may be shared freely. A variety of techniques are utilized to capitalize on strengths as a therapist walks through difficult life experiences and traumatic memories. Prayer may also be part of sessions if requested.

The following are some of the therapeutic modalities used and a brief explanation of what they mean.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI)

TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

TBRI® is designed for children from “hard places” such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Because of their histories, it is often difficult for these children to trust the loving adults in their lives, which often results in perplexing behaviors. TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his or her highest potential.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families and/or caregivers in overcoming the negatives effects caused by trauma. Research shows TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.


Theraplay® is used around the world to build strong families and emotionally healthy children and adults through playful engagement, empathic responsiveness, and clear guidance, leading to secure attachment and lifelong mental health. Its principles are based on attachment theory and is focused on the healthy, attuned interaction between parents and their children. It is an intensive, relatively short-term approach that involves parents actively in sessions with their children in order to create or fine-tune the parent-child relationship.

Theraplay® was developed in 1967 and is considered to be an adoption competent modality. Some of its highlights are that it is:

  • Interactive and relationship based
  • A direct, here-and-now experience
  • Guided by the adult
  • Responsive, attuned, empathic and reflective
  • Geared to the preverbal, social, right-brain level of development
  • Multisensory, including the use of touch
  • Playful

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proved effective for the treatment of trauma. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

Marschak Interaction Method (MIM’s)

As we know, human behavior is both formed and influenced by the social environment. Every family member influences and is influenced by everyone else in the family, and the way they interact often has more impact than the words they use to communicate.

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) is a structured observation of the interaction between parent and child used to assess the quality of their relationship for the purposes of parental guidance and treatment planning. MIM’s are a powerful tool, providing a “bonding assessment” that identifies both positive and negative aspects of the interactions between parent and child and can be used as a basis for diagnosis, intervention, or therapy.