Abortion, Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage

Meet the specialists

Perinatal loss can be challenging to process and often goes unrecognized by even those closest to you. Through experience and training, I help clients open up to what this loss means to them and some of the challenges and feelings they are having while sharing their story. I hold space for others to process their experience while integrating it within their journey.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

The path of pregnancy and parenthood is long, winding, and full heartache. Of course it can be full of joy as well. It is one of the great dialectics, that to bring new life into the world, you have to be prepared to face death as well, the two are intricately linked, and bring all kinds of emotions and inner turmoil that can feel like it is undoing you, at the moment that you feel you should have it all together. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience working on these issues.

— Tatiana McDougall, Clinical Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

I have worked with clients coping with pregnancy loss, abortion and miscarriage in the highschool setting and in community clinics.

— myra hollis, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Along the lines of women’s health and reproductive issues my research background and clinical interests align with exploring and deconstructing ways in which women have been historically invalidated and unable to have safe spaces to discuss concerns around the reproductive and sexual issues they may be facing. I like to use therapy as a platform to explore these concerns more deeply and provide a safe space in which to do so.

— Chelsea Twiss, Psychologist in Fort Collins, CO

The loss of a child is heartbreaking. Learning to navigate the complex range of emotions felt can be daunting. I have helped thousands of women, men and couples through this process and while they learn to find hope and healing. Working in a Women's Hospital and NICU for over 15 years has provided me with the first hand knowledge of what parent(s) experience as a result of an infant loss. I will provide you with a guided framework for navigating these feelings and help you find hope healing.

— Dr. Shawna Haley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jacksonville, FL

It turns out, pregnancy loss might be the most common experience nobody knows about. Until it happens. And then a woman, and often a couple, has to live it. Having experienced it myself, I have learned the tools to help others through the loss of their unborn child. CDC reports that about 12 percent of women ages 15 to 44 have “difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term,” while an estimated 7.4 million women in that same age bracket using fertility services.

— Dana Philossaint, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Summerville, GA

If you had an abortion - I know it was a hard decision to make and a difficult process to go through. I also know, that you're experiencing loss that is hard to talk about, because society judges you. I am here to offer you a judgement free space. Losing a wanted pregnancy goes against what we believe is the nature's way. It's losing someone we never met, yet loved dearly, it's losing the hopes we had for them.

— Shirley Shani Ben Zvi, Marriage & Family Therapist in Roswell, GA

I am extensively and specially trained in pregnancy/child loss, as well as anything related to peri-natal mental health.

— Rachel Cohen, Clinical Social Worker in Jacksonville Beach, FL

Addressing your reproductive health concerns in therapy may look like addressing sexual difficulties that impact your ability to conceive, exploring decisions about how or when you want to become a parent, or finding fulfillment in living child free. You may also need space to address impacts of experiences with abortion, infertility, or surrogacy. Therapy provides you with space to understand your reproductive story and build confidence to make informed choices about your reproductive health.

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

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— Ahi Johnson, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

In addition to working with numerous women whose concerns have revolved around infertility, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, SIDs, perinatal and postpartum issues, I have personal experience with pregnancy loss. I experienced a complicated miscarriage, which culminated in a medical emergency/trauma, and I also delivered a stillborn son, Jasper, in 2018. While a bit uncommon to self disclose deeply personal experiences with clients, I believe that transparency reduces the taboo and stigma.

— Rebecca KAHN, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I have specifically worked with folks around abortion challenges, hopes, and story sharing. I know this can be a particularly difficult topic to address and believe the destigmatization of abortion is critical. One way to remove the stigma is to talk about it and to help people know they are not alone in their experiences.

— Amy Congdon, Therapist in Lees Summit, MO

Perinatal loss is one of the most isolating griefs. We call it a "disenfranchised grief" as many times it is kept secret, isolating you from potential support. And even when others know, they may not know what to say to comfort you. When someone losses a grandparent, for example, there are cultural and religious rituals that bring closure. To further complicate, your partner may be grieving in a very different way. I consider it a privilege to hold space for your reproductive story.

— Abigail Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I have dedicated most of my research into understanding how to best help women and couples dealing with issues around pregnancy and parenthood, whether because you are trying to become pregnant, you have a difficult pregnancy, experienced loss, or are a pregnant or new parent dealing with this exciting but really challenging stage of life.

— Dr. Adriana Dyurich, Licensed Professional Counselor in Corpus Christi, TX

I focus my treatment on pregnant women experiencing physical complications, anxiety, and/or depression. I am trained by Postpartum Support International for pregnancy and postpartum mental health.

— Shenne Bend, Counselor

I have participated in extensive postgraduate training in pregnancy loss and stillbirth.

— Lisa Malcolm, Counselor in Pullman, WA

I have personal experience in this category and tend to understand or at least be empathic toward others who have experienced miscarriage and loss.

— Lisa Cameron, Licensed Professional Counselor

No matter how you lose a child, you feel it. The entire act of being pregnant and of the loss around it is shrouded in silence and loneliness. We use the space in therapy to recognize that the loss was real, grieve for not only the lost child but also the loss of a future, and find your inner wisdom and compassion that led you to this time and place together.

— Elizabeth McGinnis, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Palo Alto, CA

I believe in a woman's right to choose what is best for her body and life, and stand with and support women who make a choice for abortion. I am trained in perinatal loss, infertility, and birth trauma, and I am sensitive to the variety of experiences, emotions, and impacts that can occur with pregnancy loss and termination.

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

Pregnancy loss can be a great sorrow, and for many, a trauma. Whether you intended to end your pregnancy, were faced with difficult choices or experienced a loss at any stage in pregnancy or shortly after birth, the experience is profoundly personal and important. Working with a compassionate and experienced therapist can help you process your feelings and heal.

— Cara Fairfax, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Pregnancy loss, whether due to a miscarriage or intentional decision to end a pregnancy, is like taking a sharp turn onto an unexpected path. Research finds that talking about a painful experience helps us move forward with more resilience. Therapy provides a safe place for you to explore your reactions and process your new reality. Our work will focus on helping you develop the tools you need to move forward.

— Gale Dhaliwal, Psychologist in Redmond, WA

I've received specialized training in pregnancy loss and infant death through the Shoshana Center for Reproductive Care Psychology. My clinical experience includes individual therapy around issues of abortion, pregnancy loss, still birth, and infant death and facilitating two support groups through my practice (pregnancy loss and PAL-pregnancy after loss).

— Marisela Rosales, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in whittier, CA

I have had extensive work with women who have had abortions and miscarriages. With my support, these women have been able to navigate the grief and loss that is associated with this experience. I also focus on the spiritual aspects connected to this level of loss based on healing the womb of the mind, the womb of the heart and the womb of the reproductive center. Women who have experienced this level of loss experience a range of emotions and my goal is to support them through this deep healing.

— Djuan Short, Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

1 in 4 pregnancies will result in a loss. My practice primarily consists of mothers who know and have experienced this pain. I help them on their journey of grief and mourning so they can learn to integrate the loss into their lives and give themselves permission to experience hope and joy again. Additionally, my work in this area also includes helping with a pregnancy after loss as anxiety is known to be higher in subsequent pregnancies.

— Kerri-Anne Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

Mothering comes in many forms - including those not seen on the outside. Being able to cope with infertility, abortion, pregnancy loss, infant death, and miscarriage are all beyond incredibly difficult. I give the space to be in those feelings safely, acknowledging them and providing comfort and support. I am certified by PSI on perinatal mood disorders and aim to have women/mothers with these experiences be able to cope and transition forward.

— Sarah Gugluizza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Stone Ridge, NY