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

Trying to function in day-to-day life while struggling to conceive can be immensely stressful & anxiety-provoking. With compassion, sensitivity, & a breadth of knowledge about the infertility experience, I assist people grappling with diagnosis, treatment options, & decision-making about alternative family building. Together, we will identify strengths, work to diminish anxiety and bolster positive coping skills. I encourage self advocacy, healthy communication, & thoughtful decision making.

— Sara Okman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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, Therapist 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 have a special interest and training in fertility counseling. 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 have personal experience with infertility and training in infertility, traumatic birth, and miscarriage/stillborn experiences.

— Jenny Larson, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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 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
 

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 see individuals across the full range of infertility experiences, from those first realizing that they may need help to have a baby, to those who have completed years of fertility treatments. Our work together will help you develop the tools to manage the stress of infertility, learn new communication skills to build support and understanding with the important people in your life, and help you rebuild a life that is bigger than your fertility issues.

— Gale Dhaliwal, Psychologist in Redmond, WA
 

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 several couples experiencing infertility. We have discussed the emotions that arise during each cycle, as well as discussed various goals for each member of the family. I have personally struggled with infertility, and have deep empathy for couples that struggle to conceive.

— Ellen Stephenson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL

I have received training from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in counseling issues related to infertility.

— Lisa Malcolm, Counselor in Pullman, WA
 

I see individuals across the full range of infertility experiences, from those first realizing that they may need help to have a baby, to those who have completed years of fertility treatments. Our work together will help you develop the tools to manage the stress of infertility, learn new communication skills to build support and understanding with the important people in your life, and help you rebuild a life that is bigger than your fertility issues.

— Gale Dhaliwal, Psychologist in Redmond, WA

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

Struggling to get pregnant or stay pregnant? Fertility challenges can lead to emotional trauma and put strain on a partnership. Entering therapy while undergoing these treatments can be a helpful way to work through grief, anxiety, worry, and other emotions that may be experienced as a result of fertility issues, especially in the event that treatments fail.

— Cathi Long, Counselor in Clearwater, FL
 

Infertility can be an overwhelming and all-consuming struggle for those who desire to be parents. My approach seeks to help individuals to find ways to cope with stress of infertility by processing their experience while finding ways to decrease distress.

— Andrea Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Walled Lake, 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
 

Being unable to have a baby can be a painful, traumatic crisis. Fertility issues can shatter your assumptions about the future, change the way you see yourself and others, and bring all your unfinished business to the surface. I'm here to help you cope with the unknowns, the grief and the tangled emotions that come with the territory.

— Sara Miller, Counselor in Austin, TX

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 North Hollywood, CA
 

Counseling offers a safe haven where you can talk, vent, and deal with the emotions. It can help you come to terms with the losses you have had, it can aid you in making choices and decisions at present, and it can lend you the strength and hope necessary to move beyond the crisis and toward a resolution.

— Stacy Karp Mosher, Counselor in Portland, ME

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
 

Are attempts to control your fertility completely stressing you out? Do you experience significant anxiety, depression, anger, stress, grief, sadness, hopelessness and/or pessimism related to fertility? Does your desire to build a family overwhelm your thoughts? Do you have difficulty engaging in meaningful relationships and enjoyable activities? Or perhaps you are living in quiet shame and feeling isolated? 1 in 8 couples struggle with an infertility diagnosis. We can help!

— Family Tree Wellness, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

1 in 8 couples struggle to conceive and is a very painful experience for couples. I am a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and have received training in this area through this organization.

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

Starting a family should be considered a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, 1 in 8 couples will experience emotional, physical and financial hardship while attempting to conceive which often leaves them feeling isolated, angry and unable to cope or understand the journey they are on.

— Kellie Stryker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL

Being unable to have a baby can be a painful, traumatic crisis. Fertility issues can shatter your assumptions about the future, change the way you see yourself and others, and bring all your unfinished business to the surface. I'm here to help you cope with the unknowns, the grief and the tangled emotions that come with the territory.

— Sara Miller, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I have both professional and personal experience .

— Karen Justice, Therapist in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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 Albany, 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, LPC Intern Supervised by Leah McDill, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Round Rock, TX