Author Archives: Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR

  • In Gratitude

    Posted on November 28, 2017 by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR in Adult Adoptees, Holidays, Team Reflections.

      I don’t have to, I get to: A simple phrase that makes a big difference. When we can shift our perspective, we can shift our lives. We get to see, feel and experience things differently in everyday life.  We can go from feeling burdened to feeling grateful which allows us to be more open […]

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  • The Benefits of Hide and Seek for an Adoptee

    Posted on November 16, 2017 by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR in Adoption, Family Bonding Activities, Parenting, Resources.

    Hide-and-seek is a classic game for kids of all ages. Infants play it in the form of “peekaboo,” where they delight in the repetitive nature of seeing a loved one pop out from behind hands and surprise them.  Young kids play it in the form of hide-and-seek and also through burying objects and having others […]

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  • Making Time for the Important Things

    Posted on November 8, 2017 by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR in Family Bonding Activities, Parenting.

    It’s Sunday – early afternoon. I am standing in my parents’ kitchen in comfy clothes and socks as the warm light shines in through the window. I’m working on one counter – chopping away at the broccoli and potatoes that we will later roast with dinner.  My mom is working on another counter next to […]

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  • Father’s Day

    Posted on June 14, 2017 by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR in Holidays, Parenting, Resources.

    Many adoptees or children in foster care may be thinking about Father’s Day this week. Ads for cards, gifts and activities centered on Father’s Day are a constant reminder. For some it is their biological or birth father. This may be a time for them to try and make sense of exactly what Father’s Day represents for […]

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  • The Power of Storytelling in Adoption

    Posted on March 29, 2017 by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR in Adoption, Birth Parents, Parenting, Resources, Reunions.

    At BPAR, we are always trying to find ways to help our clients feel connected and understood. As human beings we all want to know that we are not alone, that someone else has been through what we have been through. And although every individual and family we see is different, they do share similar […]

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