Helping adoptees, parents, and therapists navigate adoption through Psychology, Theology, & Pop Culture
You might be asking, “Why Therapy Redeemed?”
The year was 2015 – it was a group interview, 14 master’s candidates perched around 3 senior clinicians, their prompt was, “Tell us why you want to become a counselor.”
My heart was racing! Interviews in general were a source of anxiety for me, this felt like Mad Max Thunderdome, they would choose only 2 of us to serve as clinical trainees during the following academic year.
But I knew my answer. It was clear. This wasn’t something I had to think about or improv on the spot. It was already running through my blood. Immediately several vivid scenes of my life came to mind. Here’s one of them:
Years earlier, I was wrapping up a week of summer camp, watching a hundred or so Korean adoptees sit on the floor as each of their groups took turns to present to parents what they had built or worked on all week. Martial arts, a special dance, a song, etc. It was really hot, those huge metal fans helped a little but I think everyone was still sweating.
Looking out over the crowd I saw a little guy get up to do his thing and my heart stopped. Felt that lump in my throat, you know that feeling you get just before you begin to weep uncontrollably? In tears, I managed to catch a (suuuper blurry) picture the exact moment this was all happening for me.
I thought back to when I was his age, three or four feet tall, trying to make sense of the world and everything in it, completely clueless about how to articulate emotions and loss and grief and pain and loneliness and wonder, confusion, questions, culture and belonging, faith and hope. Oblivious. It hurt, and I was just a little body running all over the place.
Who could have helped? I’m not sure. That’s one of the reasons why I provide professional clinical counseling services today. Because maybe, there’s a person out there right now who’s struggling to figure their stuff out. Does that resonate with you?
It’s a courageous and good work to process those emotions, discover identities and belonging, uncover the power of story, and become liberated from the constraints and barriers often related to adoption.
I was offered the position and now it’s part of my origin story, our origin story.
Now, I provide individual, family, and group counseling services, along with adoption-sensitive workshops and trainings, so that for the first or hundredth time (both are therapeutic), you’d sit back or rise up in the relief of knowing you’re not alone.
Thanks for choosing Therapy Redeemed to help you create change, promote healing, and move toward hope as a member of the adoption community.
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