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Washburn Center for Children
7100 Northland Circle Ste. 118
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

My name is Oliver Palmer, MA, LPCC, and I am a mental health therapist who works with individuals and families affected by adoption and foster care. I want to empower parents to feel secure in their parenting skills, support them in their adoption journey, and provide guidance on common difficulties and patterns. It can be helpful to provide parents with an attachment and trauma-focused lens to look through to help them understand how children who have been affected by past trauma may be using their behaviors to communicate their needs.

I also emphasize the importance of self-care for adoptive parents who are feeling burnt out. When working with children, I ensure a safe and caring environment where we can explore their past and present together.

I use a trauma and attachment informed approach to understand how a client’s past shapes who they are and what they need from their caregivers and significant adults.

Additional Information:

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Graduate (University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare): Yes, 2017

Practice Focus:
Young Child (3-6)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Parent Coaching
Family Work
Birth/First Parent/Family

Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Mood Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Childhood Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Systems of Care Navigation
Suicidal Concerns
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing (EMDR)
Developmental Repair
Circle of Security
Play Therapy: Child-Centered Play Therapy
Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
DC 0-5
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Adult Attachment Inventory

updated Spring 2021

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