I want to thank everyone who has offered encouragement, feedback, constructive criticism and advice in helping life INSIGHTS become the private practice that it is! I had a wonderful opportunity to network with other mental health practitioners the other night and what a success it was! The feedback from my colleagues on the importance and dire need of post adoption therapy inspired me and really reminded me of how fulfilling and important the work really is. Not only is post adoption and attachment therapy a very small and needed niche, I also believe that it is important that the area not be taken lightly. I feel very blessed that my own journey as an adopted child and now an adopted adult can help pave the way for families who may be struggling with the same or similar issues.

Parents always ask me “What does my child want me to know and how can I give my child what he/she needs?” One of my standard answers and one that I truly stand behind is this… “Allow your child to feel your compassion and encouragement in his/her journey. Most importantly communicate to your children that they have your permission to feel how they need to feel and to explore their emotions both good and bad albeit in appropriate ways. No emotion is a bad emotion and allow the triumphs and tribulations to both be celebrated as progress in a lifelong journey”.

In my experience finding support, resources and others in the community that understand the struggles and triumphs of adoption is KEY to navigating the ups and downs of being at adoptive parent.  The NEW 2010 Post Adoption Parent Network was created just for that purpose! Please consider signing up. It might be “just what the doctor ordered.” 😉

Come together and join fellow Minnetonka parents at the Post-Adoption Parent Network group starting Thursday February 4, 2010. Groups will be facilitated by Kara Priesmeyer, MA. Kara currently runs a private practice in Minnetonka, MN specializing in Post Adoption and Family Attachment Therapy. She has over three years of experience working directly with children, adolescents and their families in their post adoption journey. Encouraging identity exploration for your kids, discussing school and peer issues, and addressing birth family curiosities are just a few of the topics that will be covered for the group. Group participants will have many opportunities to share their own stories and increase their awareness of others in the community that are experiencing the same concerns and questions. Kara is an adoptee herself, born in Seoul, Korea and traveled back to Korea in 2005 to meet her birth family.

The Post-Adoption Parent Network will meet:

Thursday February 4, 2010 from 6:30-8:00pm

Thursday March 4, 2010 from 6:30-8:00pm

Thursday April 1, 2010 from 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $15.00 per night per person or $20.00 per couple.

For more information and to reserve a spot please contact Kara Priesmeyer, MA

at 612-710-0125 or you can email Kara at kpriesmeyer@lifeinsightsmn.com.

http://www.lifeinsightsmn.com

Hello bloggers!

This is very exciting! I am new to this whole blog thing so bear with me. This is the most popular and easiest way to reach the largest population of adoptees and their families. In future blogs I will introduce myself and tell you a little about my own journey as an adopted adult. I am the founder/president of a private practice specializing in Post Adoption and Attachment Therapy. With my experience working with the adopted community I will shed light on issues that affect many of you and answer any questions or address new issues that are of interest to you….the readers!

Please feel free to leave messages or comments (appropriate only please!).  I look forward to building a community through this blog that will enable you to find support, resources and new ideas to help you and/or your family navigate through the life long journey of adoption!

Looking forward to learning more about each and every one of you!

Sincerely,

Kara E. Priesmeyer, MA