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July 14, 2023 61 mins

In this Episode Lisa and I explore Sarah’s relationship with God, and we consider the wider question of TRA’s relationship with religion and spirituality. Why do TRA’s seek religion in their lives and what influences those decisions? And, how can religion impact a TRA’s reunion with birth families?

In this our ‘Therapist View’ comes from Celena Lewis who has specialised in trauma and addiction for the past 18 years. Celena is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and accredited with the National Counselling Society (MNCS). Celena has a particular interest in how people make sense of their experiences.

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Zoom: Black Women Pause, Wednesday 19th July, 12.30-1.30pm - For more information contact

All Women of Colour are invited to join us! We will explore why self compassion is important for our Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Outdooor Walking group: Roots to Wellness.
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Impacts of Religious Affiliation on Transracial Adoptee identity.  Sophie Yan Yun McHenry Navarro. San Francisco State University, California 2019

Some Children See Him:  A Transracial Adoptee’s View of Color-blind Christianity: By JaeRan Kim. Journal of Christian Legal Thought

Transracial Adoptions During the Black Lives Matter Movement
Helping transracial adoptive families with “the talk" : Author: Damon A. Pryor, LMHC, Psy.D. Posted Feb 18th, 2021

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