Therapists 2017-06-23T23:48:09+00:00

Therapist List

We have found that many members of the triad are interested in pursuing professional counseling as part of their healing process. One of the challenges faced by those who seek professional help is finding an adoption-competent therapist who is sensitive to the the unique issues experienced by those in the adoption triad.

We have compiled a list of professionals who we feel are aligned with our mission and values regarding the adoption experience. Our current list of therapists hold a valid license in the state of California, are in good standing with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. They specialize in adoption issues. Some are members of the triad themselves, though we don’t believe such a role is instrumental to one’s success in therapy. The most important thing is that you and your therapist have a good alliance with each other and that you and/or your family are in a safe space to begin or continue a therapeutic experience.

License
#36132
#23841
#10557
#15293
#32311
#35413
#77072
#26113
#24082
#34264
#27578
City
San Rafael
Lafayette
Auburn
Berkeley
Oakland
Oakland
San Francisco
Novato
San Rafael
Sacramento
Lafayette
Triad Role
Adoptee
None
Birthmother
Unknown
Adoptee
All
Adoptee
Adoptee
Unknown
Unknown
Adoptive Parent
Phone
415-721-2818
510-530-8765
530-419-5863
510-848-7600
510-339-9363
510-287-8981
415-902-5761
415-686-7364
415-578-8339
916-262-7097
925-284-5813

Some additional resources…

We recommend doing research on any therapist you are considering seeing. Given the uniqueness of the adoption experience, we believe there are additional things to consider as you make your next choice so we have provided some more resources below, including a sample questionnaire you can print and use as a guide for your first conversation with a potential provider.

Printable PDF: Questions To Ask Adoption Therapists

A special note to adult adoptees:

It’s no surprise given the nature of the adoption experience that by the time adoptees become adults, they may pursue therapy to help with bettering their relationships. Many want to and don’t know where to start. Others have started treatment but struggle with not knowing what to expect and how to measure their progress. Because each person’s therapy is deeply personal to them, it’s impossible to manage anyone’s expectations about how their experience should or will take place. Much of it has to do with the cadence and connection you have with your therapist. That said, we have found the additional research around the 5 phases of adoption reconstruction to be an interesting high-level perspective of how adoptees may compartmentalize their complex lives and their therapeutic journeys. The research was first conducted by Judith Penny, L. DiAnne Borders, and Francie Portnoy for the Journal of Counseling & Development. We recommend reading the entire PDF which is available for $6.00 here: Reconstruction of Adoption Issues: Delineation of Five Phases Among Adult Adoptees. In the meantime, here is a quick reference to the basic concepts: