Adult Adoptee Support : Kate Murphy Therapy
As an adoptee myself, I can offer you a safe space to process the experience of being adopted. I will never say, "Well, but you had a great family, right?"
adult adoptee support, self-discovery, adoption, search and reunion, adoptee, birthparent, Atlanta, Fulton County, Norcross, Gwinnett County, Group Therapy, Support Group
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Adult Adoptee Support

What was Adoption like for You? 

 

The adoption experience is unique for each adopted person. Understanding the impact of adoption is tough because it’s often ignored by family and loved ones. Parents may say things like, “You were a gift to us” or “You were chosen.” If questions arise outside of the family it may sound like, “Have you found your ‘real’ family?”

 

While these comments may be well meaning, they’re not helpful. The common narrative in society is that adoption is positive. It’s the best outcome for an unplanned pregnancy and to help a childless couple build a family. This narrative leaves out the adoptee’s voice. As an adoptee myself, I find this problematic. Everyone’s voice counts.

 

Adult Adoptees May Feel: 

 

  • a sense of loss
  • not being grounded
  • a lack of focus in their lives
  • a general sense of dissatisfaction
  • like an outsider
  • not feeling real
  • not good enough
  • a sense of genealogical bewilderment

 

You may be struggling with if you should search for birth family members. There is a desire, however, there is also fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of hurting adoptive and birth parents. Nobody starts a book at chapter 2 so it’s normal to be curious about the 1st chapter of your life.

 

You may have already searched and feel unsure about what to do next. If you are in reunion, you might experience confusion, anger, and grief that you didn’t expect. An adoption competent therapist can help you navigate this difficult landscape. Holding space for you when things are painful and hard to understand.

 

As adoptees, we’re often prone to worry about the needs of others above our own. Therapy is a place that is just for you. Call or email me to set up a phone consultation, 30-minute consultation in person, or to schedule an appointment. Both consultation options are free of charge.

 

I’m happy to discuss therapy, support groups in the area, search angels, or refer to other adoption competent therapists if you’re not in my area.

 

*I work with individuals aged 18 and up.

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Books about Adoption:

 

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, by Nancy Newton Verrier

 

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, by David Brodzinsky

 

You Don’t Look Adopted, by Anne Heffron

 

All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung

 

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and Secrets in My DNA, by Richard Hill

 

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists, by Janine Myung Ja and Vance Twins

 

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, by Ann Fessler

 

Podcasts by Adult Adoptees: 

 

Adoptees On, podcast by Haley Radke

 

Born in June Raised in April, podcast by April Dinwoodie

 

Who am I Really?, podcast by Damon Davis

 

Blog

 

Experience Courage by Janet Nordine, LMFT

Ready to explore therapy? Schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

Specialties:

Individual Session Fee:

$120 an hour

Will provide info for Out of Network filing.

“They say that life is a mystery. And I just wanna know my history.”

Darryl McDaniels (Adoptee otherwise known as DMC)