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Gulistan KARACA

Gulistan KARACA

Clinical Psychologist
Experience(Years): 5+
Given Sessions: +3000hours
Working with:Individuals,Couples,&Teen
Area:Stress,Anxiety,Relationship issues, Trauma,Family conflicts
Lorena S.

Lorena S.

Experience(Years): 17+
Given Sessions: over 7000hours
Working with:Individuals,Couples,&Teen
Area:Depression,Anxiety,Burnout, Addictions,Fears,Low Self-esteem,Family Conflicts
Sam Agnew

Sam Agnew

Psychotherapist /Life Coach
Given Sessions:over 2500hours
Working with:Individuals,Couples,&Teen
Area:LGBTQIA+,ADHD,PTSD,CPTSD, Anxiety,Dyslexia,Dyspraxia,Dyscalculia

Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in working with a variety of adoption issues, including communication difficulties, trust issues, attachment, loss issues, emotional changes and more. Adoption therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of people, including adopted children, adoptive parents, birth parents, and other family members.
It's important to note that the adoption process can be emotionally challenging for everyone involved and adoption therapy can help the individuals and families to process the feelings and emotions that may arise during and after the adoption process, and to learn coping strategies for building healthy and positive relationships.

View the profiles of our therapists below to learn more about them, how they can help you and to book in an initial consultation.


Counselling for Adoption


Each party involved in an adoption, from the adoptive parents to the adopted person themselves, goes through a period of intense personal growth and change. This explores the field of adoption counseling, specifically looking at the complex emotional terrain that adoptive parents and adoptees navigate. Counseling becomes an invaluable tool for navigating the complicated landscape of adoption, with all its distinct joys and sorrows.

Embracing Parenthood Through Adoption: How Adoptive Parents Feel

Adding a new family member through adoption is a special and personal experience for the adoptive parents. Let’s delve into the wide array of feelings that adoptive parents could go through, from the thrill of the adoption process to the challenges of forming a connection with their new kid. In the midst of feelings of happiness, excitement, and love, there are also obstacles that may arise, such as understanding the nuances of attachment and dealing with how others see you.

Concerns about the effects of their child's past on their upbringing are something that adoptive parents may also face. Adoptive parents can build resilience and a solid foundation for a good parent-child relationship through counselling, which offers a supportive space to explore and navigate these feelings. If you are in depression , experiencing anxiety or going through stress , TimeToBetter is here for you. Whether it’s behaviour problems or a family therapy option, there are many counselling types you can choose from.

Exploring Adoption: A Guide to Finding Your Place

The process of coming into one's own and developing one's sense of self are intricately linked to individuals who have been adopted. The intricacies of identification, belonging, and the want to know one's origins are explored in this part, which dives into the emotional terrain of adopted people. Some adoptees may experience loss and a desire for biological ties along with feelings of wonder and appreciation. Helping adoptees work through these feelings and discover who they are, counselling is an important safe place for this process. Through therapy, adoptees are able to reflect on and take ownership of their experiences, which helps them form a sense of identity. Adoption, when handled wrongly, can cause trauma, feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem .

Can Adoption Be Difficult?

Although adoption is a life-changing experience that gives so much happiness and contentment, it may have difficulties. Attachment problems, identity crises, and social stigma are some of the possible challenges that are openly discussed in this area as they pertain to adoption. Counselling becomes a preventative and proactive strategy to handle issues as they emerge when these difficulties are recognized. Without adoption counselling, problems such as self-harm,addiction or in some cases eating disorders can arise.

To help them through the challenges of parenting, meeting their adopted child's specific needs, and creating a loving home, adoptive parents may choose to attend counselling. In order to cope with issues related to bereavement, rejection, and identity, as well as to develop resilience in the face of societal misunderstandings, some adoptees seek out counselling.

A Therapeutic Framework for How Counseling Can Affect Adoption

Adoption counselling is an all-encompassing support system that aims to handle many relational and emotional challenges that come with the adoption process. Adoptive parents and adoptees can gain a comprehensive foundation for understanding, negotiating, and thriving in their unique circumstances through counselling, which is discussed in more detail. If the adopted kid was the aim of emotional abuse before, anger management might be necessary.

Fostering a Strong Parent-Child Bond: A Guide for Adoptive Parents

Adoptive parents can find a safe haven to cultivate and fortify the parent-child connection through counselling. Helping a child find a forever home via adoption is a life-altering experience, and therapy can provide valuable resources for overcoming obstacles, strengthening bonds, and improving communication. How does it feel to be adopted? You might not know, and that’s why therapy for adoptees as well as therapy for adopted adults are important.

If you ask, how can counselling help with adoption, here are some more answers. An adoption therapist who is familiar with the complexities of adoption might be a comfort to adoptive parents who are experiencing mixed emotions. Parents can process their own experiences by exploring the emotional landscape, which in turn creates a supportive and resilient family context. Adoptive parents can benefit from counselling more than only in the time immediately following placement; it can be a continuous resource that helps them through their child's developmental phases. In order to build a stable and loving family, adoptive parents can benefit from counselling, which helps with issues such as answering questions about the child's background and gaining insight into possible identity difficulties.

Discovering Oneself: A Guide for Adoptees

When trying to find their footing in the world, adoptees frequently encounter obstacles that are specific to them. Adoptees who are just starting out on their path to self-discovery can greatly benefit from counselling. Counsellors who focus on helping people through the adoption process provide an accepting environment where adoptees feel comfortable expressing their feelings, asking questions, and embracing their individual experiences.

Adoptees may experience a range of emotions, including loss, rejection, curiosity, and complexity in their sense of self, which counselling can help them work through. By engaging in therapeutic exploration, adoptees get a more profound comprehension of their own identity, their adoption story, and the bigger picture of their lives.

Additionally, adoptees can learn coping techniques through counselling that can help them deal with questions from peers or misunderstandings from society. Therapists help adoptees develop a sense of belonging and self-confidence by encouraging resilience and self-acceptance.

Supporting Mutual Understanding and Open Communication

Both the adoptive parents and the adoptee can benefit from counselling since it facilitates open dialogue and mutual understanding. Strengthening bonds within families is the goal of family therapy, which promotes open communication about feelings, thoughts, and expectations. Adoptive parents and adoptees can work together in therapy to address emotional regulation and communication difficulties. Counselling facilitates family growth by resolving unstated issues and misconceptions, paving the way for trust and mutual support.

The counselling session also provides an opportunity for families to talk about the special challenges of adoption, such as how to bring up the child's adoption story in conversation, how to use language that is acceptable to all parties, and how to value and appreciate each member's unique experience. Finally, families and people going through the adoption process can find support and empowerment through counselling for adoption. Counselling becomes a priceless resource for promoting understanding, resilience, and a feeling of belonging within the complex web of adoption when it recognises the distinct emotional terrains of adoptive parents and adoptees.