Adoption Specialist

Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC -  - Mental Health Provider

Tranquil Spaces Counseling

Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC

Mental Health Provider located in Norfolk, NE & Plainview, NE

Building your family through adoption is one of life's greatest experiences. But the adoption process is complex, children may come with psychological issues, and adoptive families face an array of new challenges. As an expert in adoption, Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC, at Tranquil Spaces Counseling, received advanced training and is accredited by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE). Traci works with foster and adoptive families, helping them navigate their new life. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Norfolk or Plainview, Nebraska, or use the online booking feature today.

Adoption Q&A

Why do I need adoption counseling?

You may need information, support, or counseling at any stage during the adoption process:

Pre-adoption counseling

Some prospective parents need guidance as they decide whether they're ready to adopt and what that might mean for their relationship and family. You may need support for overcoming the disappointment of infertility before moving forward with adoption.

People often need to talk through the many decisions they must make during the process, such as the type of adoption. If you're considering a foster care adoption, you can count on Traci's expertise to guide you through the process.

Traci has years of experience counseling singles and LGBTQ singles and couples who want to build their family through adoption. She can also help you with the state-required pre-adoption psychological assessment.

Post-adoption counseling

Like all families, you may face emotional and behavioral challenges that aren't related to adoption. However, adoptive families often face unique problems. 

Post-adoption counseling ranges from supporting you through the transition and parent coaching to intensive therapy for mental health issues. You could also need help communicating with birth parents (in an open adoption). 

Traci helps you with the full scope of post-adoption concerns, including providing individual and family therapy for the most difficult mental health problems.

What mental health concerns affect adopted children?

Children in the foster care system or who were put up for adoption may have mental health conditions that began long before they became part of your family. Their earlier experiences may include abuse, neglect, lack of structure, or the stress of frequently moving from one placement to the next.

As a result, they develop many challenges, including:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Conduct disorder
  • Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
  • Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)
  • Oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Attachment disorders frequently develop in young children who suffer traumatic losses or physical or emotional abuse. As a result, they can't form an emotional attachment with anyone, including their adoptive parents.

You may know about existing psychological conditions before you adopt or you may not learn about potential issues until after your adoptive child moves in. In both cases, you can depend on receiving compassionate support and therapy from Traci.

If you need help with any aspect of adoption, call Tranquil Spaces Counseling or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment today.