Attachment Disorder

 

Our Staff

 

Arleta M. James, LPCC, Founder and Director
Arleta James
Arleta M. James, LPCC has been an adoption professional for 20 years. She spent 15 years providing adoption-attachment-trauma informed therapies at the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio. She also spent several years as a caseworker for the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption Network placing foster children with adoptive families. She then served as the statewide Matching Specialist.

Her book, Welcoming a New Brother or Sister by Adoption: From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families, is based on her experience helping typical children cope and thrive post-adoption.

She received her BA in Sociology from Marywood University, and her MS in Counseling from the University of Scranton.

Arleta plans and co-facilitates our children’s groups, Learning from Frogs…Let’s be “Mindful” Every Day!, “I am a quality kid”: Facilitating Self-Esteem in Traumatized Adoptees, The Feelings Express: A Group about Identifying and Articulating Emotions,  Learning to Make Friends and Play Nicely: Helping Traumatized Adoptees Develop Social Skills, and “Help! My Family Adopted”: Seeing to It that Brothers and Sisters Flourish and Thrive Post-Adoption.

Arleta has written over 100 articles about attachment, trauma, managing troubling behaviors, parental self-care, taking care of brothers and sisters in adoptive families, etc. These articles are all available on this website.

Arleta was the honored as the 1999 Pennsylvania Adoption Professional of the Year.

Arleta conducts an array of adoption and attachment related trainings locally and nationally.

She is a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, Ohio Counseling Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

 

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie Fleckenstein, LPC provides adoption-attachment-trauma informed therapies and is our Clinical Research Coordinator. She gathers historical and developmental information on each child as he or she enters services. Subsequently, she gathers new developmental information at regular intervals to demonstrate the types of progress made by clients. The data is currently being pooled to demonstrate the overall efficacy of the adoption-attachment-trauma focused interventions utilized at our office.

Anne-Marie Fleckenstein, LPC obtained her BS in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University, her MA in Counseling Psychology from Union Institute & University, and is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, with concentration in Neuropsychology.

Anne-Marie Fleckenstein, LPC has presented at statewide and national level conferences throughout her academic career. Anne-Marie Fleckenstein, LPC is a Student Affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association.

She also co-facilitates our children’s groups, Learning from Frogs…Let’s be “Mindful” Every Day!, “I am a quality kid”: Facilitating Self-Esteem in Traumatized Adoptees, The Feelings Express: A Group about Identifying and Articulating Emotions, Learning to Make Friends and Play Nicely: Helping Traumatized Adoptees Develop Social Skills , and “Help! My Family Adopted”: Seeing to It that Brothers and Sisters Flourish and Thrive Post-Adoption.

Anne-Marie Fleckenstein, LPC is the oldest of eight adopted children.

 

 

 

Regina KupeckyRegina M. Kupecky, LSW has worked in the field of adoption for over thirty-five years. Twenty of these years were spent providing adoption-attachment-trauma informed therapy at the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio. She received her Master’s degree from John Carroll University. She is the co-author of the books, Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow and Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids.Regina and Christine Mitchell created the children’s therapeutic workbook, A Foster-Adoption Story: Angela and Michael’s Journey.Regina created the workbooks, How Does Being Adopted Make Us Feel?, Let’s Learn About Adoption, Who We Are and Why We Are Special, The Confusing World of Brothers, Sisters and Adoption and Friends,
Bullies and Staying Safe.

Regina has a special interest in siblings. She has contributed to the knowledge base of placing sibling groups together in adoptive families via her curriculum, My Brother, My Sister: Sibling Relations in Adoption and Foster Care and the resource pamphlet Siblings Are Family Too published by the Three Rivers Adoption Council.

Her services to children were recognized by the Ohio Dept. of Human Services in 1990 when she received the Adoption Worker of the Year Award. She also received a Triad Advocate award from Adoption Network Cleveland and the Sara Berman Speaker’s award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Regina is a member of the Northern Ohio Clinical Social Work Society, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Adoption Network Cleveland and Voice for Adoption. She is a past board member for Jewel Among Jewels and Ethica, “An Independent Voice for Ethical Adoption.”

Regina conducts training locally, nationally and internationally on many adoption and attachment related topics. She has had articles published in Adoptive Family Magazine, Connections, Jewel Among Jewels, and the Roundtable.

She facilitates our adoptive parent support group, and she organizes our annual family picnic.

 

VirginiaVirginia S. Lester, LSW obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Psychological Research with a focus on the stages of adoption from Cleveland State University.

Before joining Adoption & Attachment Therapy Partners, Virginia was on staff at the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio and a residential treatment facility where she served as an out-patient activities coordinator and as a therapist.

Virginia is a Certified Infant Massage Therapist. This is a wonderful therapy for facilitating attachment between parents and their newly adopted infant or toddler. She is also a facilitator of Becoming a Love and Logic Parent.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arleta M. James, LPCC
Adoption & Attachment Therapy Partners LLC
3501 E Royalton Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

440-746-9099
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