Shanda Karasek, LMFT

Adoption/Foster Care

Are you an adoptive or foster parent having trouble connecting with your child or teen?  This can be a confusing or challenging role to fulfill.  The same parenting rules do not apply to a "non-traditional" family system.  Psychoeducation on how to parent an adopted, foster, and/or traumatized youth, is the first step in order to help you begin to navigate the unchartered waters specific to your family's needs.  Once a better understanding of your parenting and attachment style is achieved, I then treat the whole family to ensure everyone feels heard, safe, and connected through an attachment-based, family systems approach in therapy. 

Maybe you're the one adopted into a family who just can't seem to fully understand you, even as an adult.  Or, despite coming from a loving, attentive family, you've been attempting to fill a void that continues to result in feelings of worry, sadness, anger, or dissatisfaction.  I provide unique insights regarding adoption-related issues in the context of a family system.  Together, we will work toward securing a sense of identity,  self-worth, and belonging.