Adoption Support with Dr Clair
Families formed through Adoption include hopes for a successful and loving, forever family. But sometimes family life doesn’t unfold the way we hope it will, even in the most loving of families. The challenges seem more intense or long lasting than we thought, or we end up facing difficulties we’re not sure how to overcome – difficulties bonding, difficulties in working out how to parent a traumatised child, having a child be resistant/rejecting of us and our parenting, our children struggling with issues we don’t know how to help them with (or we’ve tried and it hasn’t worked), escalating disagreements/conflict, and challenging or risky behaviours. Adoptive parents can end up feeling isolated, helpless, hopeless, anxious, burnt out, and fearful for the future.
You don’t have to face this alone. Therapy can help by offering your family a safe space to explore what’s happening and figuring out how to move forward in a positive way. Oftentimes this starts with supporting you as parents first, before evolving into a dyadic process that leans into your attachment relationship with your child or children. Using her compassionate approach, Dr Clair will support you to explore and therapeutically respond to your own and your child’s emotions, triggers, beliefs and perspectives. Drawing upon evidence-based attachment-focused and trauma-informed therapy models, Dr Clair will facilitate an interactive process that moves your family towards attuned responsiveness, repair and reconnection. She will guide you to develop new understandings and new ways of interacting that leads your family towards increased safety, connection and security – with regained hope for the future.
Things Dr Clair can help you with
“It helped us to talking to someone and deal with our issues as we had very few people who understood what we were going through or could suggest strategies to put in place. It was so helpful to feel we were actually doing the right thing for our son and to make sense of why situations may occur within our family.”
“It is always challenging to open up about how you feel, however Dr Clair enabled us to always feel comfortable which allowed us to be very open with her. Dr Clair is someone who gets to know your situation well, and endeavours to help you work through some of life’s difficulties. She enables you to talk worries though as a family and you do come away feeling more positive and having the strength to manage some of the issues discussed. It almost feels that a weight has been lifted from your shoulders and you have the ability to carry on.”