As a Korean American transracial and transnational adoptee, I have experienced a rich and challenging identity journey. As a child, it was very painful feeling “different,” not looking like those around me, and then feeling awkward around Asian people because I felt like an outsider within.
I have had to learn how to hold enormous loss, grief, rage, and fear along with feelings of gratitude, joy, and peace around being adopted. It takes a lot of vulnerability and strength to look at these issues. Luckily, I found many resources and people on the journey who have helped me and countless others. Expressive arts, drama therapy, music, and talk therapy helped me heal and hold all the different parts and feelings.
One of my great joys in life is helping other adopted people explore their many feelings around adoption and gain insight and healing in the process. I find expressive arts and drama particularly useful because they cut through the mental story and go to the body, where new insights and healing can occur. This is especially helpful for adoptees because most of our trauma is pre-verbal and pre-cognitive. These somatic and creative processes also help artfully create beauty and meaning out of challenging experiences.
A 2-day drama therapy and expressive arts workshop for adult adoptees 18+
Adopted people often have complex feelings, identities and family relationships that are difficult to navigate. Grief, gratitude, anger, abandonment, forgiveness, confusion, acceptance——–there are few places where the diversity of adoption experiences can be witnessed and held. Join us for a day of exploration and healing with prominent drama therapy and expressive arts facilitators. We will uncover and transform our stories into life affirming narratives through drama therapy, voice work, Playback Theatre, drawing, movement, and journaling. No previous arts experience necessary. Shy people are welcome!
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Amber Field, Adoptee & Expressive Arts Facilitator
TBA in early 2018
The Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street, Emeryville, CA
(Limited sliding scale spots available)
For more information contact:
Amber Field (415) 573-4092
Armand Volkas (510) 595-5500, Ext 11
Here is a link to an article I co-wrote on adoption: