Stacey Mak, LCSW offers information, support and therapy for parents and children with attachment disorders, bonding issues, difficulties for adoptive families and children, as well as assessment and diagnosis of children who have suffered early trauma. Stacey Mak, LCSW serves children and families in North Florida, the Jacksonville and surrounding areas, and Southern Georgia.

Stacey Mak, LCSW specializes in the treatment of children who have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a combination of the above.


What is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a disorder caused in the first 3 years of life, characterized by the inability to form loving and lasting relationships.

Children with this disorder exhibit a variety of symptoms and behaviors that can include:

Superficially engaging and charming

Lack of eye contact on parents’ terms

Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers

Not affectionate with mom

Destructive to self, others and material things

Cruelty to animals

Lying about the obvious


No impulse controls

Learning lags

Lack of cause and effect thinking

Lack of conscience

Abnormal eating patterns

Poor peer relationships

Preoccupation with fire

Preoccupation with blood and gore

Persistent chatter and nonsense questions

Inappropriately demanding and clingy

Abnormal speech patterns

Triangulation of adults

False allegations of abuse

Presumptive entitlement issues

(Nancy Thomas, 2005)


Many of these children have been adopted by loving parents, who are providing a tremendous amount of love and support to their child, but the behaviors persist. Your family CAN heal! These children are capable of a loving, reciprocal relationship with the proper treatment.


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