The DNA Journey: Perspectives from Irish Adoptees

The DNA Journey: Perspectives from Irish Adoptees

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by Dolores Quinlan

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The DNA Journey: Perspectives from Irish Adoptees


This presentation was originally given as part of Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2019.


I’ll be talking about my experience as a psychotherapist working with adoptees on their voyage of discovery: what it's like to search when you have nothing; what the journey is like emotionally going from nothing to “finding your people”, the emotional rollercoaster, the stops and starts, the dead ends.  I’ll also discuss the results of a research project I did on this topic.




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Presenter: Dolores Quinlan

Dolores is a psychotherapist. She obtained her degree and Masters in Clinical Psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute (Dublin). She also holds a diploma in Cross-Professional Supervision. For her Masters, she studied the psychological effect that DNA Testing has on Irish adoptees searching for their biological family. She is an accredited member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists.

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