Exploring the Depths: Unraveling Psychological Issues in Adopted Adults Through Hypnotherapy

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As a seasoned hypnotherapist, I have had the privilege of delving into the intricate tapestry of the human mind, helping individuals navigate the depths of their subconscious. One particular group that often seeks my guidance is adults who were adopted as infants. The unique nature of their experiences can give rise to a variety of psychological issues that may require a nuanced therapeutic approach. In this blog post, we will explore the common psychological challenges faced by adopted adults, drawing on both clinical observations and relevant research.

  1. Identity Struggles

Adopted adults often grapple with questions of identity, stemming from a lack of genetic connection with their adoptive families. The search for self-discovery can be an arduous journey, with individuals questioning their roots, heritage, and the influence of genetics on their personality. Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool to explore and reconcile these identity struggles by tapping into the subconscious mind.

Research Citation:

  • Brodzinsky, D. M. (1990). A stress and coping model of adoption adjustment. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 1(3), 165-182.
  1. Abandonment and Rejection Issues

The early experience of being separated from biological parents can manifest in deep-seated feelings of abandonment and rejection. These emotions may surface in relationships, making it challenging for adopted adults to form and maintain connections. Hypnotherapy can help uncover and address the roots of these emotions, providing a safe space for individuals to heal.

Research Citation:

  • Foli, K. J., & Thompson, J. R. (2014). Attachment and adoption: Exploring the relationship between adopted children’s attachment scores and adoption adjustment. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 31(5), 419-434.
  1. Trust and Control Issues

The lack of control over the adoption process may lead to trust issues in adopted adults. Hypnotherapy techniques, such as regression, can assist individuals in revisiting past experiences, allowing them to process and reframe perceptions related to trust and control.

Research Citation:

  • Verrier, N. N. (1993). The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Gateway Press.
  1. Grief and Loss

Adopted individuals may grapple with a sense of loss related to their birth families, cultural heritage, or a perceived sense of belonging. Hypnotherapy can facilitate the exploration and resolution of unresolved grief, providing a path toward acceptance and healing.

Research Citation:

  • Silverstein, L. B., & Kaplan, S. (1998). The seven faces of adoption: A summary of findings from a longitudinal study of adoptive families. Family Process, 37(1), 25-49.
  1. Self-Esteem Challenges

A distorted self-image can emerge as a result of adoption-related experiences, impacting self-esteem. Hypnotherapy interventions, such as positive suggestion and affirmations, can contribute to building a more positive self-concept.

Research Citation:

  • Nickman, S. L., Rosenfeld, A., Fine, P., Macintyre, J. C., Pilowsky, D. J., Howe, R. A., & Roper, G. (2005). Children in adoptive families: Overview and update. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 44(11), 987-995.


In the realm of hypnotherapy, we find a powerful ally in addressing the complex psychological issues faced by adults who were adopted as infants. By delving into the subconscious mind, we can unlock the hidden layers of emotions and experiences that shape an individual’s journey. While research continues to illuminate the intricacies of adoption-related psychological challenges, the therapeutic power of hypnosis offers a promising avenue for healing and self-discovery. As we navigate the depths of the human psyche, we pave the way for adopted adults to reclaim their narrative and find solace in the embrace of their unique identities.

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