Adopted Children Sessions

Adopted Children and Behavioral Problems

You and your family members don’t have to suffer with Pain, Anxiety, or Depression

Click here to see the YouTube series of Adoption Panel Q and A 

Our therapy sessions produce results.

Whether you yourself were adopted. or if you have an adopted child, read on!

There is a unique nervous system signature with adoption. Knowing that and how it operates can save you hours of grief!

If you are struggling to find balance or frustrated by behavioral problems you are in the right place!

The Brook Institute has countless resources to help you create the loving and healthy environment you have always envisioned for your adoptive family!          

  • Do you feel controlled by your adopted child? Do they push you away yet demand your attention?
  • Are you exhausted trying to get it right?
  • No matter what you do, does your adopted child complain, act out, or have melt-downs?
  • Is your relationship with your spouse suffering?


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Families of adopted children often engage in the “Adoption Frustration Despair Cycle.” 


The key is breaking this cycle.

Are you constantly repeating these steps?

  1. Alarm – Your child becomes alarmed
  2. Fear – They react with fear or become over-controlling
  3. The Blow-up – They blow up and you blow up (or you both have melt-downs)
  4. Separation – You separate because you need space. (Your adopted child perceives this as abandonment)
  5. Reconciliation – When the heat of the moment has passed, you both seek contact.


You endlessly repeat this cycle which reinforces their inner belief that they are bad.

I am confident you are a great parent. But, adoptive kids have an inner alarm bell that is different than other children. Their first experience was being given away. Nothing soothes that fear without professional intervention. When their inner alarm bell rings, they will act out unless you learn new skills.


Does your adopted child…

  • Try to control you or others
  • Push you away
  • Have unusual demands
  • Need your attention all the time


The hidden story in adoption is fear

Adopted children push you away because that is what happened to them.They are testing you to see if you love them; but it is a test that never ends. They are terrified you will both love them and give them away. Being abandoned at birth imprints an infant’s brain. Even though they were young, or you adopted them at birth, they hold this fear.


They are trying to tell their story, do you know how to listen?

We do this protocol in a structured environment that develops the special skills you need

as the parent of an adopted child.

Adopted Child Behaviors Can Be Challenging, Inconsistent, and Hurtful

Do you find yourself struggling as an adoptive parent? Are you tired of feeling isolated and discouraged? We know how much you love your adopted child and understand how painful it can be when they direct their inner hurt towards you. Adopted children can unintentionally channel their past pain, fear, and uncertainty via aggressive or inappropriate behavior. Remember, it’s always okay to ask for help!


The Brook Institute’s Adoptive Parents Handbook is a great resource to help you understand your child’s perspective and provides tips, tools, and guides for how to navigate challenging situations. Based on years of Annie’s groundbreaking therapy sessions with adoptive families, this eBook contains real-world practical applications that produces visible and lasting results.

The first step in getting relief is contacting

us today! 

Work is personally tailored, safe and effective. Unlike Hakomi, SME, EMDR and biodynamic cranial work, The Brook Institute brings a unique movement re-patterning aspect to treatment. Clients learn to perceive anew, and to heal from the inside out!

Sessions for Adults

Depression and Anxiety, Anger, Hidden Fears, Shame, Procrastination, PTSD and Birth Trauma

Sessions for Kids

Difficult Child Behavior, Sensory-Motor Issues, Birth Trauma, Attachment Problems

Sessions for Adoptive Parents

Learn how to break the Frustration Despair Cycle.

Sessions for Couples

You can rescue your relationship with: Conflict resolution, Stress Reduction, Intimacy Skills

Last night was MUCH better than what we’d been experiencing the last few days. Right after therapy, AR always wants to really connect with me, and includes me in everything, is always checking in with me, and treats me so well. I know it’s because a little space has been opened up through what she pretends not to hear.


Also, I was surprised that she told you about her pets – she has asked me not to say anything about them to you, so you worked your slow magic and she revealed something. Very nice. A good lesson for me in seeing that waiting can work.

LL, Client



Books, ebooks, audio, DVD, online courses, and individual online session support

  • Books

    We offer variety of resource books for parents, therapists and educators. 

  • DVD'S

    Learn by watching. DVD's are an excellent way to learn movement patterns and train your brain. For parents, movement educators, and adults.

  • Online 1:1 Sessions

    We offer online one on one client sessions for those that cant make it into our Boulder office. 

  • Online Courses

    Our 9 Modulle Online Program integrates Somatic Attachment and Birth's Hidden Legacy. For Manual Therapists, OT’s, PT’s, and Psychotherapists.

“We have been working with Annie for about 4 months now. I have 2 adopted girls from China, who both carry some deep seated issues from their earliest of days. Some of the issues are abandonment, rejection, traumatic birth and neglect. The manifestation of these issues is not necessarily looked at by Western medicine. They are often just noted as behavioral issues or general learning disabilities.


We moved to Boulder almost 7 years ago and my husband and I both grew up with the practice of Western Medicine and a bit of support from Psychologists. Here in Boulder there are many choices for alternative, touchy feely, out there options. I have to say I was a skeptic. We have tried The Sensory Learning Program, but it did not work for us. We have tried psychologists but it was not right for our kid. Hearing about Annie’s work, again I had my doubts. But parents will try what they can for their kids.


I am not really sure how Annie does it, but she looks at the whole person, the body, their behaviors, and spirit. Taking all into consideration, she is able to get to the cause of their pain.


Through reflex work, story and play, Annie connects with the girls and works with us to heal their hurt. She is very intuitive and her soft gentle energy has helped us all connect. It makes sense to me now and it is working. We still have a long way to go, but there are signs of healing.”


Mother of two adoptive daughters

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