Therapists Specializing in Adoption & Foster Care in Boston Area

For many children, being placed in foster care and then adopted by a loving family results in a positive outcome. However, for some children, especially those adopted when they are older or from overseas, adjusting to a new family or foster care can be challenging. Such a significant change in circumstances represents a major life transition that can make children more vulnerable to emotional and behavioral difficulties, which can be distressing for both the child and the foster or adoptive family. While these difficulties often settle as the child adjusts to their new circumstances, some children continue to experience significant distress that affects relationships and day-to-day life.

If you are a foster or adoptive parent experiencing challenges or worrying about a child’s wellbeing, it can be helpful to seek the help of a therapist. Depending on the specific challenges you are facing, your therapist might provide family therapy, where all members of your core family unit are involved. Other providers might focus on helping the young person develop more helpful thinking patterns through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or trauma-focussed CBT (if the child is experiencing trauma symptoms). Sand tray therapy can also help children express themselves nonverbally. With the appropriate support, most children are able to adjust to life with their new families, develop supportive relationships, and live rich and fulfilling lives.

Find therapists in Boston Area who specialize in adoption and foster care below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Linda  Kramer

Linda Kramer

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $220 per session

I value creating a safe space where you are able to talk openly and explore your concerns and issues. It’s important that you feel understood, and together we can cultivate insight and compassion towards yourself and your concerns.


Karen  Seif

Karen Seif

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $125 per session

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow/I learn by going where I have to go." These words from Theodore Roethke's beautiful poem "The Waking" describe my approach to life and to therapy. Each day is a new beginning, part of a longer journey, and an opportunity to grow into the person you're meant to be. I view therapy as a collaboration, and I genuinely appreciate the uniqueness and individuality of each of my clients. I will help you embrace health and wellness, develop self-knowledge, value your inherent worth, build advocacy and leadership skills, and constructively cope with the complex challenges of life.


Keavy  Smith

Keavy Smith

Online Sessions, MA

69 Agnes Drive, Framingham, MA, 01701

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

I believe therapy is an essential part of processing and working through many of life's changes and challenges. Something we can all benefit from, I don’t see it as a need to be “fixed” or that something is “wrong.” Everyone has their own challenges and life can be difficult but it can also be a fun and joyful journey when you work on yourself and address the experiences and behaviors that may be holding you back.

It’s my honor to support you to pursue the life you desire and have always deserved. Each of us has a purpose and we can live the best life possible despite difficulty, challenges, and even trauma, while bringing more joy into the journey.


Elisabeth  Sackton

Elisabeth Sackton

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

Liveliness, warmth and connection are the ground for my practice, where I focus on you and your passions and commitments in life, the places you are stuck or feel vulnerable, and the hopes and capacities that you bring to difficulties in your life. I love the work I've done for the past 30+ years, consulting with a wide variety of individuals and couples, artists and performers, and parents of young children through adolescents.
Individuals and couples can expect careful and collaborative listening, and an appreciation of context, culture and meaning.
Couples often experience relief when they are able to utilize a safe and calmer context for difficult conversations. With appreciation for each person's story, I help couples move from blame towards compassion and understanding. Often, these conversations can bring new energy and closeness to couples, and help each partner to clarify new directions for growth.


Liddy  Cole

Liddy Cole

1051 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

Society is filled with messages about how our lives should look and feel, and when we fall short we often blame ourselves, leading to sadness and despair. I work with clients to uncover their own strengths, and to regain power over the areas of life that feel overwhelming or out of control. My approach to treatment is evidence-based while being affirming and non-stigmatizing. I work with clients to uncover their own strengths, and to regain power over the areas of life that feel overwhelming or out of control. My energy is warm and friendly, and past clients have appreciated the chance to explore difficult content in a non-judgmental environment.


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