Washburn Center for Children
7100 Northland Circle Ste. 118
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
My name is Rhea Palmer-Hill, 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.
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
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Play Therapy: Child-Centered Play Therapy
updated Spring 2018