My career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker spans almost forty years and entails work with individuals in psychotherapy, as well as work in multiple agencies, including for people with developmental disabilities, brain trauma, chronic pain, medical illnesses, mental illnesses, and chemical dependencies.
Ultimately, I gravitated to offering individual therapy in outpatient psychiatric settings to people facing a wide range of depressive, anxious, traumatic, abuse-related and grief and loss issues. I still maintain a part-time private practice in my detached home office.
Since opening up my own adoption loss story, I realized how few of my psychotherapist colleagues have specialized understanding of the lifelong grief and trauma experienced by so many birth parents and adoptees. In undertaking my own search and reunion, I uncovered my own intense grief and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Reports from relinquishing birthmothers indicate that we typically experience depression, anxiety, trauma, guilt, lasting grief and many other problems.
Even a casual reading of postings by adoptees on social media documents that many of them struggle with parallel symptoms, exacerbated by issues of abandonment, attachment and sense of self impairment.
I am particularly interested in helping other birth parents and adoptees work through these issues, which may go unrecognized and untreated by many therapists.
Please visit my psychotherapy website at www.lindafranklinlcsw.com
If you are a birth parent or an adoptee looking for help, please send me a note on the form below, and I will respond promptly. Thank you.