The psychology of adoption
Jun13

The psychology of adoption

I was adopted at birth so I think I am qualified to speak about the issues that arise from such a big event. As a psychotherapist I have also studied the importance of early life experiences particularly in relation to attachment issues. The attachment a baby makes with its mother in the womb and in the early stages of life literally shapes its brain. So therefore to be detached and separated at birth, as I was, is a deeply traumatic...

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In and Out of Denial
May19

In and Out of Denial

It was a Tuesday afternoon in the summer. I was 17 and my mother had just died. My father sat my 15-year-old brother and me down and told us that we were ADOPTED. My brother was angry. I was. What was I? I was relieved. Not angry. Not sad. Yes surprised but mainly relieved. You see I never felt like I’d fitted into my family and now here was the explanation. I wasn’t going mad, there was a very good reason I never felt part of these...

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Keeping hope alive
Apr29

Keeping hope alive

Are you in the process of adoption? Are you trying to find family members? Are you struggling with adoption or fostering issues on your own? This week we look at the importance of staying positive in a sea of negatives.

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How not to be defined by rejection
Apr28

How not to be defined by rejection

Psychologist, life coach and adoptee Andre Radmall explores the psychology of adoption and fostering.  

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