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S04 E15 Peggy: I Never Called Her Mom

9/21/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group Here’s an insider’s look at the challenges of adding a step-parent into your life. Many children navigate this in our society, but when you’re adopted, this adds an entirely new layer of complexity. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us InstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | iHeart Radio | Spotify | Stitcher | YouTube Connect Monthly...

Duration:00:58:55

Healing Series: Grief Part 1 with Janet Nordine, MS, LMFT

9/14/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group Today Janet Nordine, MS, LMFT teaches us all about grief. Perhaps some of the anger you’ve been experiencing is actually masking some deep grief. We talk about disenfranchised grief and why we think it is a critical topic for adoptees to understand. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us www.experiencecourage.comTwitterInstagramExperience Courage on FacebookJanet on...

Duration:00:28:27

S04 E14 Marni and Karen

9/7/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group Today we are going to look at a reunion between a mother and daughter, and how their guiding principles have helped build a strong and healthy connection over the past three years. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us FacebookTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | iHeart Radio | Spotify | Stitcher | YouTube Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly...

Duration:00:56:13

S04 E13 Donna: I Come from a Lineage of Loss

8/24/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group What happens when you are so hopeful about connecting with your first mother but then you discover they’re already gone? Today Donna shares her story of searching for her birth family and what happens when she finds out some very sobering details of her birth mother’s life. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us TwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Play | iHeart Radio...

Duration:00:57:44

Healing Series: Finding a Therapy Group

8/10/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group Pam Greenstone, MA, LPC teaches us how to find a therapy group in our area. Pam gives us some ideas for finding out if the group therapist is adoption-competent, what to do if they aren’t, and tips for finding a safe group to express your adoptee-related concerns. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us www.pgreenstonetherapy.comTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Play...

Duration:00:17:37

Healing Series: Group Therapy

8/3/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group Pam Greenstone, MA, LPC teaches us what group therapy is all about. You won’t believe the amazing list of therapeutic factors Pam explains come from healing in community. We also learn about why group therapy can be so beneficial for adoptees specifically. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us www.pgreenstonetherapy.comTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Play | ...

Duration:00:34:38

S04 E12 Hea: I Woke up and My Mother Was Gone

7/20/2018
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Support Adoptees On One Time Donation | Monthly | Secret Facebook Group Today we are exploring another mother and daughter relationship. Hea was adopted from Korea but didn’t really start exploring her Korean heritage until her daughter Emma started getting curious. Hea shares about how her relationship with Emma spurred them both to process what being adopted really means. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us InstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook...

Duration:01:07:29

Summer 2018 Update

7/6/2018
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Duration:00:05:05

Healing Series: Brainspotting with Dr. Julie Lopez

6/29/2018
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Dr. Julie Lopez, PhD, LICSW teaches us about Brainspotting. I know, it sounds a little bit woo woo…how on earth is our eye position related to our emotional and psychological brain mapping? Listen and you’ll know what to expect when you try out this powerful trauma-sensitive approach. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us TwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedInwww.vivapartnership.comresilientbrainproject.comTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google...

Duration:00:19:02

S04 E11 Carrie: Early Motherhood as an Adoptee

6/22/2018
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Today we are going to get to know Carrie Anspach, as she shares with us about her experience of early motherhood. We talk about her pregnancy and birth experience, how she experienced a relationship with her daughter before she even arrived, and how becoming a mother dramatically changed her understanding of being an adopted person in this world. Full Show Notes Here Recommended Resources The Pain of Infertility and Why I Won’t AdoptKeuriumAndrea Joyce Heimer Connect With...

Duration:00:56:01

HS: The Resilient Brain Project with Dr. Julie Lopez

6/15/2018
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How often have we joked about how expensive therapy is? What do we do when we’re overwhelmed, feeling lost and have limited resources? Today Dr. Julie Lopez, PhD, LICSW tells us about her new initiative, The Resilient Brain Project. Where else can you find a comprehensive library of free apps, videos, playlists, research, and more that have been vetted by expert adoption-competent mental health providers? Listen in as Dr. Julie gives us an overview of what you can find for free over at The...

Duration:00:27:55

S04 E10 Alice: Narcissism

6/8/2018
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Alice shares her experiences of secrets in an in-family adoption and also how her recent reunion with her biological father alerted her to some of the damaging ways her adoptive mother behaved. Alice and I talk about signs of narcissism and she walks us through some real-life examples of how this behaviour showed up in her life, and what she’s done to walk away from the toxicity. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us Send a note to the Adoptees On page and I will forward it...

Duration:00:54:17

Healing Series: Romantic Relationships with Marta Drachenberg, LMHC

6/1/2018
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Adoptees often struggle in intimate-partner relationships because we had our trust broken at a very early age. In this episode of the healing series, Marta Drachenberg, LMHC, and Haley discuss some personal examples of relationship issues that seem to keep repeating themselves. Marta teaches us what to look out for, how attachment styles affect our relationships, and how some disagreements with our partners can actually be caused by adoption-issues in disguise. Full Show Notes...

Duration:00:32:10

S04 E09 Stephani: When Two Adoptees Marry

5/25/2018
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Today we talk about what happens when two adopted people get married to each other. Stephani is candid with us about some of what triggers her and her husband, and how that can escalate quickly. She also shares about how being in Internal Family Systems therapy together has been a game-changer for their relationship. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us FacebookTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Play | iHeart Radio | Spotify | Stitcher...

Duration:00:45:50

Healing Series: Internal Family Systems

5/18/2018
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Marta Drachenberg, LMHC, teaches us about the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, something she feels is particularly effective for adoptees. Marta explains that our best advocate and healer is found within ourselves! IFS helps us to discover the 8 Cs that come with self-leadership: calm, creativity, compassion, curiosity, courage, clarity, connectedness, and confidence. If traditional talk therapy has not been working for you, Internal Family Systems may be a good fit. Full Show Notes...

Duration:00:35:09

S04 E08 Amy and Fleurette: This Is Our Normal

5/11/2018
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It’s an honour to bring you this mother/daughter duo, Fleurette and Amy, for an in-depth view of a long-term reunion. We talk about the unusual circumstances surrounding Amy’s adoption, the disappointment they both felt after their first official in-person meeting, how bringing grandkids into the equation shifted their relationship, and how many years it took them before they felt their reunion relationship was “normal”. Spoiler alert - it was a loooong time. Full Show Notes Here Connect...

Duration:01:01:31

S04 E07 Rebekah and Mary - Siblings

5/4/2018
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Rebekah Henson and Mary Anna King give us an insider’s view of their reunion as two of seven siblings separated by adoption. Expect lots of laughter as we get invited into some inside jokes, and they share practical examples of how they maintain their relationships with each other even while living in seven different states across the country. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us TwitterInstagramMediumTwittermaryannaking.comTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook...

Duration:01:13:54

S04 E06 Ryan and Anne: Divorce

4/27/2018
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Today you are invited into a conversation between Anne Heffron and her ex-husband Ryan Iwanaga. They tell us about their marriage, the things that pulled them apart, and we talk about what they’ve done since their divorce in order to co-parent well and have a peaceful relationship as friends. Full Show Notes Here Connect With Us TwitterFacebook12anneheffron.comFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebookTwitterInstagramFacebook Subscribe Apple Podcasts | Google Play | iHeart Radio | Spotify |...

Duration:01:03:31

Healing Series: Finding Meaning

4/20/2018
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How many times have you thought, “I’m a mistake, I don’t belong here”? Pamela Cordano, MFT, tells us about how she first encountered MeaningWork and how it can help us access inspiration and joy in our lives. If you’ve ever felt disconnected, alone, or stuck, this conversation will inspire you to take a look at your life with a different lens. Pam teaches us about Viktor Frankl’s work and how it can align perfectly with an adoptee looking to build resilience and strength. Find full show...

Duration:00:33:09

S04 E05 Jane: Genetic Sexual Attraction

4/13/2018
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Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) can be a controversial and uncomfortable subject to broach, but we are exploring the topic today. Today Jane shares her personal experience of a GSA relationship with a sibling and Leslie Pate Mackinnon, LCSW brings her professional expertise to the topic. Some estimates are up to half of all adoptees in reunion feel some sort of attraction to a genetic family member, which Leslie believes is likely a search for attachment. We recommend where to go for support...

Duration:00:50:14