About the Programme

Parental pathways provides therapeutic support to all those involved in the adoptive triad, birth parents adoptees, and adopting parents. The process of adoption is a complex psychological and emotional experience requiring particular consideration and a specialised approach. The impact adoption has on attachment separation, loss and reunions underpins the integrative approach we take to those impacted in the adoption triad.

“Intimacy is possible if the loved one can be allowed to be separate: we can allow ourselves to get close if we feel autonomous enough not to fear engulfment or attack, and to know that separation does not mean that our loved one is lost forever’. (Holmes,2001)

“In all of us there is a hunger marrow-deep to know our heritage to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning…and the most disquieting loneliness’. (Alex Haley,1976)

“Unresolved grief interferes with forming new attachments, thereby inhibiting continued positive growth and change… facilitating the grief process we help counteract factors that work against developing new attachments” (Fahlberg, 1991)

Foster Sensitive Therapy

Foster care families provide necessary lifelines to vulnerable children and enhancing the lives of many. Even in the best situations, foster care is inherently fraught with the dynamics of uncertainty, instability and impermanence. Foster families typically contend with a multitude of complex and interrelated challenges and multiple systems that interact and intersect with one another. Concerted attention is required in meeting the developing needs of children in care, who may have experienced multiple foster placements which impacts on the continuity of care and the establishment of a secure base. Additionally, foster families face significant emotional, psychological and physical challenges with the impact of abuse, maltreatment and neglect that children coming into the foster care system may have experienced. Parental Pathways believes its crucial to provide therapeutic and educational support to the fostering triad in the provision of consistent and effective network of care for vulnerable children and families.

IVF and Perinatal Sensitive Therapy

Scientific advances have made it possible for couples to reach previously unattainable potential of pregnancy. The process of IVF brings with it enormous psychological pressure on couples. The intimate issues of contraception, pregnancy, miscarriage and birth can provoke powerful feelings in individuals and the couple. Parental Pathways provides therapy sessions supporting individuals and couples in this process.