Marie Celeste on Adoption Trauma

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Adoption, Identity, Trauma and Healing

Adoption can impact the lives of all involved in ways that aren’t always obvious. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Marie Celeste, talk about adoption, from the trauma of losing the birth family to challenges within the adoptive family to a better understanding of those involved in the adoption process.

Every adoptee has a story. They had a story before they knew they had one.
— Marie Celeste

Show Notes:

“I put my information in a registry and three years later got a random email from someone who turns out to be my sister,” says Marie Celeste, LMFT, a Florida-based therapist who uses expressive arts, such as painting, and other techniques with clients who have adoption-related issues. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she speaks with host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about how she got involved with helping adoptees and adoptive families navigate the emotional aspects of the adoption process, sharing insights gained on her own personal journey.

Listen and learn:

  • How many adoptees seek therapy at some point in their lives

  • How different adoption scenarios affect attachment styles

  • What happens when an infant is separated from mother at birth

  • What adoptees tend to have in common

  • The part of the adoptee’s story that is usually overlooked or forgotten

  • Why adoptees don’t always recognize their adoption-related issues and how they’re affecting their lives

  • How anxiety shows up in adoptees’ lives

  • What can happen when the birth family doesn’t live up to the fantasy

  • How adoptees can find new ways to understand identity

  • How adoptive parents can overcome their fears about the birth family

  • Why family members need to talk about the adoption

  • How men and women adoptees deal differently

  • How the emotions of adoptive parents may be complicated

  • How to have better conversations about adoption and adoptees’/adopters’ experiences


Learn More

> Marie Celeste’s website (under construction as of 03/03/2019)

> Connecting Within Therapy website

> The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Newtown Verrier

> Progression Counseling


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