What is Adoption Counselling?

Adoption Counselling is counselling to specifically discuss adoption issues. You may:

  • have been adopted
  • be considering adoption
  • be going through the adoption process
  • be a parent who has adopted
  • be affected by adoption in another way

If you have been adopted, you may find it beneficial to explore your feelings about this with a specialist Counsellor. You may feel it is difficult to do this with your family, as you may worry that they would be upset.

If you are considering adoption, or are going through the process, there are many complexities to explore, and you may find it helpful to have the support of a specialist Counsellor.

If you have adopted a child or children (nomatter if they are still kids or not), you may feel it would be helpful to work through any difficulties with a specialist Counsellor, who understands what you have been through to get to where you are.

What are the UK Rules about Adoption Counselling?

In the UK there are rules about who is permitted to provide Adoption Counselling. These rules differ by country.

In Scotland, the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) suggest that their members have appropriate experience, and, seek permission from their local council.

Alison Barr (Director of The Green Rooms) has been granted permission by East Renfrewshire Council to offer Adoption Counselling.

You do not have to reside in East Renfrewshire for Alison to work with you.

Please note Alison works with people aged 16 and over.

Free Adoption Counselling via Local Council

If you are adopting via a Scottish Council, they may be able to offer you a referal to Barnardos for free Adoption Counselling.

Is Adoption Counselling for Individuals or Couples?

Adoption Counselling can be accessed by individuals or couples.

Which is right for you will depend on your personal circumstances.


child and parent holding hands

If you wish to explore the feelings around your own adoption, it is usual to attend individually. However, there may be times when attending with your sibling/partner/parent is helpful.

If you are considering adoption, are in the process of adoption,or have adopted, you could attend as an individual, or, as a couple. There is no right or wrong way.

Some adopters are not part of a couple. Some are and still may wish to attend alone.

What Qualifications and Experience do Adoption Counsellors have?

Alison Barr (Director of The Green Rooms) is the only practitioner who offers Adoption Counselling.

Alison has a Masters Degree, 2005 (and also a Post Graduate Diploma, 2003) of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde.

Alison has been working full time as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist since 2003.

Alison has specialist experience with adoption, and also with fertility.

Alison is a ‘Counselling Supervisor’, which means that she has an advanced qualification and supports other Counsellors and Psychotherapists with their clients.

How many Sessions will I need?

The number of sessions needed is unique to each client and will depend on your goals, how you use your time between sessions and how much support you have out-with therapy.

Even with limited time or finances, realistic goals can still be achieved.

animal assisted therapy dog

Do you offer Animal Assisted Therapy?

Yes we do, and this may be an option for you.

If you think you could benefit from sharing the therapy room with a hypo-allergenic, small, fluffy, extremely friendly dog, please let us know.

The welfare of the dog is always our top priority, so we can’t make any guarantees.



Is Adoption Counselling Confidential?

Is Adoption Counselling Confidential?

Your confidentiality is taken very seriously and will only be broken in extreme circumstances. For more information see our client agreement.

Our Counsellors and Psychotherapists are all members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and adhere to the relevant code of ethics.

We have a choice of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who are BACP accredited.

Where is Adoption Counselling available?

Our offices are in Newton Mearns and Glasgow.

Telephone, Video Call and Home Visit appointments are available if that’s easier for you.

“I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in their hearts, I was the missing piece, I was loved, I was adopted.”

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”