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Sharon A Stein McNamara, Ed.D, LP


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My name is Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed. D., L.P.  I have been practicing as a psychologist since 1991 when I graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and did my internship in cognitive behavioral psychology at McLean Hospital, which is affiliated with the Harvard Medical School. In addition to this, I, myself was adopted as an infant and have been studying the effects of adoption on families for over 20 years.

My approach to children and families is to help the child and family understand that most children have some version of relational trauma as a result of being adopted. By accepting this as a starting place, the adoptive parents can understand better how an adopted or foster child may have different reactions to so-called “normal” parenting practices.  I also try to help families understand the big picture regarding how information is always useful in helping adoptees and foster children make sense of their situation.

Sharon Stein McNamara Ed.D Psychology Inc
4700 Lexington Ave N, Ste C
Shoreview, MN 55126
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Sharon Stein McNamara Ed.D Psychology Inc
4700 Lexington Ave N, Ste C
Shoreview, MN 55126

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
Preferred One
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Adult Attachment Inventory
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Custodial Evaluation
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Eye Movement Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR)
Filial Play Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Parental Assessment
Psychological Testing
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Childhood Depression
Divorce / Co Parenting
Early Traumatic Experiences
Eating Disorders
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Mood Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Parent Coaching
Personality Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Search + Reunion
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Suicidal Concerns
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Couples Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Parent Coaching
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
PACC Graduate
Graduate of Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate Program (PACC) through UMN’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare - More Info


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