Katie Naftzger, LICSW

family therapist, adoption specialist, speaker, author

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New Model For Understanding Adopted Teens

3 Responses to New Model For Understanding Adopted Teens

  1. Carol Drury says:

    We live in Plano, Tx, outside of Dallas, Tx. Is there anyone in this vicinity who counsels adopted kids? Our children are 17 and 20 years old, and need help in grieving their adoption situations. Both of our kids are in counseling now, but neither of the counselors have experience in working with adopted kids. People like you seem few and far between…..Thank you

    • admin says:

      I agree, there is a shortage of adoption-competent therapists and practitioners. Unfortunately, I don’t have any names for you. One option is to have a therapy consultation with an adoption therapist. I do that, and others may as well and it can be done by phone. I have also gotten a consultation with a therapist who specialized in a specific issue that I was working with a client on. I found it incredibly useful. I am doing an online group for patents of adopted teens. Let me know if you’re interested in that!

  2. admin says:

    This is the pictorial view of the way that I understand adopted teens. The order is what’s most important:
    survival
    stamina
    respect and trust
    love and belonging

    In other words, love and belonging given or received can only come after survival, stamina and respect and trust. They can’t love you if they don’t respect you, and they can’t respect you if they don’t know whether you’ll continue to be there for them.

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