For adoptees, finding counseling professionals who understand the complexities of adoption and who hold adoptee-centric perspectives is challenging.
The following resources may be helpful in guiding you in your search for counselors.
- Questions to ask when seeking counseling – from I Am Adoptee
- Adoptee Therapist Directory (updated by Dr. Chaitra Wirter-Leiker at Beyond Words Psychological Services)
- Directory of TAC (Training on Adoption Competency) trained mental health providers – note this is not specific to adult adoptees
Articles (open access links) about adult adoptees and counseling
Alvarado, S. B., Rho, J. L., & Lambert, S. F. (2014). Counseling families with emerging adult transracial and international adoptees. The Family Journal, 22(4), 402-408.
Baden, A. L., Kitchen, A., Mazza, J. R., Harrington, E. S., & White, E. E. (2017). Addressing adoption in counseling: A study of adult adoptees’ counseling satisfaction. Families in Society, 98(3), 209-216.
Baden, A. L., & O’Leary Wiley, M. (2007). Counseling adopted persons in adulthood: Integrating practice and research. The Counseling Psychologist, 35(6), 868-901.
Corder, K. (2012). Counseling adult adoptees. The Family Journal, 20(4), 448-452.