When faced with fertility challenges, our whole lives are affected in the quest to conceive.
You may be struggling with multiple losses or indecision around family building methods or treatment options. You may experience relationship difficulties with partners, friends and family. Sadness, anger and worry can cloud your experience and exacerbate the struggle. It is not uncommon to feel defective and hopeless. You may also experience a loss of faith – in goodness or in yourself.
Many couples feel consumed by the infertility process – physically and emotionally.
We assist couples experiencing infertility by offering support and understanding as you explore the difficult questions. We will help you gain hope and resolve around your next steps and choices for family building. Special attention is focused on the mind-body relationship and the relationship to self and others. We use a self care approach while fostering insight into the greater meaning that a big challenge poses in a person’s life.
If it were not for hope, the heart would break — English Proverb
Psychotherapy & Healing Associates’ Infertility Clinic specializes in providing services and resources related to infertility and family building:
- General counseling for couples experiencing infertility:
- Unexplained infertility
- Male and female factor infertility
- Secondary infertility
- Premature ovarian failure
- Advanced maternal age
- Counseling on third party reproductive options including adoption:
- Psychological evaluations and consultations for couples considering third-party reproductive options including:
- Prospective egg donors
- Prospective sperm donors
- Prospective embryo donors
- Prospective surrogates
Coping with infertility often involves isolation and sadness regarding one’s social life, family and workplace as others celebrate their pregnancies and births. Sometimes a couple’s relationship is compromised by differing viewpoints and readiness for next steps. How to survive the roller coaster of each cycle in a self-caring and hopeful way involves getting ongoing support and counseling, particularly during the “two week wait.” Grieving, making next-step decisions, moving on, pregnancy after infertility; and spiritual/faith crises are all topics we understand and can guide you through.
Third Party Reproductive Options
You may be thrilled to move forward with alternate reproductive options, or struggling with grief and indecision. Either way, there are several issues to think through as you consider a third party reproductive option such as donor oocyte (eggs), donor insemination (sperm), donor embryos or gestational surrogacy. We understand the issues of grief or shame surrounding the loss of your own infertility, connection to your family history/DNA, indecision, how to talk to your child and others about your child’s origins, using a known or anonymous donor, meeting half siblings, using assisted reproductive techniques (ART) and more.
Psychological Evaluations and Consultations
Other reproductive topics our therapists can help with:
- Perinatal Loss: miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, pregnancy, stillbirth and infant loss
- Single parents by choice
- GLBTQ family building
- Living child free
- High risk pregnancy
- Multiple gestation, birth and parenting multiples
- Pregnancy / parenting after infertility and/or adoption