Infertility

Experiencing infertility can be incredibly emotionally painful. Challenges with conceiving a child can cause stress and lead to anxiety and depression. A diagnosis of infertility can cause grief, emotional trauma and put strain on your relationships. Seeing a qualified mental health professional when you are struggling with infertility can be very helpful. Therapy can help couples deal with the anger or guilt they may be feeling and it can also help them to explore alternative options – like adoption or fertility treatments – in a safe space. If you are experiencing fertility challenges, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s infertility experts today.

Meet the specialists

Anyone who has struggled with infertility will say that this experience is filled with stress. The question many couples ask themselves is “when is the right time to seek couples counseling?” Usually, one or both partners are hurting, feeling confused, anxious, worried, and in general, emotionally overwhelmed. Infertility may lead to defensiveness and emotional distancing when partners find themselves unable to discuss their thoughts and feelings causing problems in their relationship.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

I have a special interest in reproductive and maternal mental health concerns. Infertility can be an overwhelming and all-consuming struggle for those who desire to be parents. Individuals may feel challenged by the loss of control that they experience as they navigate through their journey of infertility. My approach seeks to help individuals to cope with the stress of infertility by processing their experience while gaining strategies to decrease distress.

— Andrea Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Commerce Township, MI

While widely acknowledged, involuntary childlessness is a crisis for individuals and couples triggering a deep sense of grief and loss. Challenges around infertility can lead to emotional strain on the individual and partnership making it difficult to seek support. I have had the unique perspective of facilitating structured "mind/body" self-soothing exercises within a therapeutic context to assist individuals and couples who are simultaneously undergoing fertility treatments.

— Loree Johnson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

Fertility issues and challenges are present in so many lives and yet, it's a topic that is kept quiet. Through both my own personal journey and hearing so many others who have gone through these experiences and journeys alone, I have begun to offer therapy, support groups and space for people to come together in community. There is no need to feel isolated or alone. Wouldn't it feel better to know you have people who can relate, understand, and be there for the highs and lows of your journey?

— Emery Mikel, Counselor in New York, NY

As someone who has experienced the struggle of infertility, I know first hand how difficult it may be to cope. I focus on supporting black women navigating their fertility journey by providing a safe space to process their feelings. I educate and advocate for the Reproductive & Maternal Mental Health field by hosting discussions on my Womb Wisdom podcast.

— Tamara Hunter, Counselor in Douglasville, GA
 

I support individuals and couples who are experiencing fertility concerns. There is support out there for you to learn and grow through your experience and find what family means to you.

— Heather Douglas, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

I have worked with many straight and queer families for whom parenthood is the only thing in their lives they have not been able to achieve by setting their minds to it. Infertility can provoke extreme grief and can hold life at a standstill. It can wreck havoc on a relationship and leave partners unsure of how to create a future going forward. Therapy can be critical to finding the way. Please see my page on infertility on my website at https://www.taranoonesocialworker.com/infertility.html

— Tara Noone, Social Worker in Berkeley, CA
 

Infertility and pregnancy loss are such difficult items to experience. I am passionate about my commitment to walking through these difficult times with my clients.

— Bethany Schaefer, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Round Rock, TX

Infertility can be an overwhelming and all-consuming struggle for those who desire to be parents. Individuals may feel challenged by the loss of control that they experience as they navigate through their journey of infertility. My approach seeks to help individuals to cope with the stress of infertility by processing their experience while gaining strategies to decrease distress.

— Andrea Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Commerce Township, MI
 

I am an active member of RESOLVE and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Walking this road is no joke; I am fully aware of the complexities involved with undergoing treatment, decision making, and couples issues that arise through the process. Whether you are at the beginning of your journey to grow your family or are nearing the end and wonder if you will ever have a family through any means, I am here.

— Jessica Balos, Counselor in Lakewood Ranch, FL

Building a family can seem like a simple process, so when it starts to take time or for medical reasons, interventions are suggested, this can feel startling. I have specialized training in working with individuals and couples managing the assisted reproductive process as well as coping with infertility.

— Julie Bindeman, Psychologist in Rockville, MD
 

Is there something wrong with me? Why can't my body do what nature intended it to do? Why me? Those are just some of the questions that may of crossed your mind if you are struggling to conceive. You are not alone. As someone who has been there, I understand your pain, your frustration, your anger, your sadness, and I empathize with you, and I believe in the strength of your inner goddess to overcome this difficult step in your life.

— Darya Potyagova, Clinical Social Worker in Woodland Hills, CA