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

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

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

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

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

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

Infertility impacts 6.1 million couples in the United States or close to 1 in 6 couples. You may feel very isolated and alone during this time but literally millions of other couples are or have been in a similar position as you. Infertility is devastating and often is accompanied by pregnancy losses or a stillbirth experience. Infertility takes many couples on an emotional roller coaster while trying to start or grow a family.

— Jennifer Perera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cranford, NJ

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

— Tara Noone, Social Worker in Berkeley, CA