The Empowered Adoptee

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Mentoring for Adoptees || Consulting for Adoptive Parents

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Why Mentoring?

Being adopted brings an entire unique layer to life than non-adoptees experience. Having a mentor who is also adopted and understands your journey can make all the difference in your healing.


Together we will explore who you are, where you've come from, and where you want to go. I am your partner and your cheerleader. I will gently and lovingly point out your blind spots and guide you home to yourself.


I provide a safe & confidential space where you can be vulnerable with someone who understands first hand what you're going through and with the education and skills to help you through it.


Examples of things we might work on:

  • knowing and understand yourself better so you can live more authentically
  • value yourself and your experience with compassion
  • have more ease in your relationships
  • heal feelings of shame, anxiety and grief that have been bleeding into your every-day life
  • overcome social anxiety
  • accepting your worthiness to receive all that you desire (love, money, etc.)
  • being fully present in your body
  • showing up fully, unapologetically, & confidently as yourself
  • get clarity on who you are and what you want
  • help with reunification




You are not broken, and you are not alone.


I would be honored to support you on your journey.

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1:1 Mentoring for Adoptees

  • Individual Mentorship sessions are customized to your unique needs.
  • Each session is approximately 45 minutes.
  • You will receive a private Zoom link once booked.
  • The fee per session is $65
  • You are welcome to sign up for as many sessions as you'd like.


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"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

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Some common signs of adoption trauma:


  • intense fear of abandonment
  • feeling like you never fit in
  • feeling like an outsider all the time
  • trouble navigating romantic relationships
  • difficulty forming friendships
  • crippling fears of rejection
  • shyness and social anxiety
  • low self-worth, feeling defective, helpless
  • people pleasing
  • reactivity and/or aggression
  • poor capacity for self-protection
  • grief disguised as depression and/or anxiety
  • feelings of shame around your birth story
  • attachment issues (anxious/avoidant)
  • addictions (alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, etc)
  • PTSD


Consulting for

Non-Adoptees

If you are here to support an adoptee in your life, thank you for being here!


Are you an adoptive parent who wants support in helping your child navigate their adoption story, reunification, birth searches, or general identity?


Do you have a teenager or young adult and want to strengthen your communication and relationship with them, but don't know how?


Are you an educator and want to better understand your adopted students?


Are you planning to adopt a child and want to ensure you are providing the best experience for them? A strong bond to an adoptive parent is a protective factor against more trauma.


Consulting can help you better understand the specific needs and experiences as an adoptee. Because adoption IS trauma, and your adoptee WILL need support at some point along their journey, and you can help!.


Consulting can teach you how to better support and relate to the adoptee in your life, which in turn allows your child feel validated, seen, heard, and affirmed.


Consulting is tailored to your needs. Please contact me below and let's discuss how I can help you!

Hi! I'm shana!

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I'm obsessed with carbs, my sphynx cat, my kids, & anything mid-century modern.

I was adopted domestically in a same-race closed adoption as in infant in 1978.


I struggled my entire life with low self-esteem, paralyzing fears of abandonment, extreme shyness, and a thread of sadness & grief that I couldn't explain. I struggled with social anxiety all through my school years, I stayed in relationships for all the wrong reasons, and I really didn't like myself all that much. All of which I wasn't aware had anything to do with my being adopted.


It wasn't until my late 30s that I put all the pieces together and began my own healing journey.


And I want healing for you, too.


I've also always loved coloring outside the lines. Sometimes this gets me in trouble, sometimes it doesn't, but either way, my adventures (& misadventures) have deepened my understanding of human nature and expanded my perception of the universe and what is truly possible.


As a Trauma Informed Coach, Dual Credentialed Teacher, Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, & all around Transformation Expert, it's my mission to help you navigate your life as an adoptee, or as adoptive parents, with less isolation, stress, loneliness, & confusion.


I can’t wait to guide you through an experience back to yourself.


*I am not a medical professional and cannot diagnose or treat mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. If you are experiencing any of these, please seek out a Therapist or Psychologist. I'm happy to offer referrals for such if you need them.

MY SMARTY-PANTS,

CUT-AND-DRY CREDENTIALS…

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  • Domestic Infant Adoptee
  • Divorced Single Mom
  • Later in life Lesbian
  • 20+ years experience as a K-8 Teacher
  • Dual Credentialed Teacher, California
  • BA Family & Consumer Science
  • Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • Past Life Regression Practitioner
  • ICF Trauma Informed Coach (in progress)
  • Fostering Diversity & Inclusion Certification

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My intention is to create and hold a safe space for everyone.

I welcome you just as you are and lovingly embrace LGBTQIA+, BIPOC,

all gender identities, and sexual preferences.

Sex positive, polyamory positive, & neurodivergent affirming.



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