How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Help
Therapy for adoptees is available to adopted adults, teens, and children seven and older. An intake with our coordinator will be performed ahead of time to determine treatment goals, and you will be familiarized with the Dialectical Behavior Model (DBT) throughout early sessions.
If you’re unfamiliar with our approach, DBT is a highly structured, skills-oriented therapeutic model that enhances strengths in the four areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and personal effectiveness. By increasing your abilities in each skill category, you can cultivate more mindfulness and reduce the daily distress you feel. (Click here to read more about DBT.)
As an adoption-competent therapist, I will guide you in identifying the core issue to help you develop insight into where your emotions come from and how they affect your thoughts. Tracking emotions with daily diary cards, you will have a deeper awareness of your triggers while simultaneously developing coping strategies that will allow for a more relaxed, enjoyable life experience. And because DBT targets interpersonal skills, you will learn how to communicate your emotions effectively.
Our approach to therapy can be especially valuable for adoptees, as DBT helps with managing overwhelming emotions, and dealing with adoption-specific uncertainties, and includes a group element (including a skills group for families). Not only will you strengthen your tolerance for distress and the unknown—you will gain solace and community in the process.
No matter how you feel about your adoption, your emotions are valid. In counseling for adoptees, you can explore your experience in a meaningful way that will promote calm, acceptance, and healing.