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.

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After having twin boys, I shifted my practice to focus on pregnancy, post partum and infertility issues. I am certified in perinatal mental health and completed the Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course with Sharon Covington, MSW and Dr. Linda Applegarth, EdD.

— Maureen McCartney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I provide supportive, compassionate care for individuals experiencing infertility or struggling on their journey to becoming a parent. Infertility can be an incredibly isolating experience and having a therapist who understands the emotional and social challenges of navigating this journey can help the process feel a little more manageable.

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in , OR
 

I have a background in working with individuals and couples who are hoping to build their family and struggling with fertility, adoption and/or different roads to parenthood. I offer reproductive clinical support to couples who are exploring their options of using donor gametes (donated sperm or eggs). I also perform evaluations for prospective gestational carriers. I enjoy the opportunity to support the relational dynamic of intended parents and gestational carrier.

— Emily Morehead, Psychotherapist in Allen, TX

I have specialized training in Infertility Counseling. I have also experienced the trauma of primary and secondary infertility and the many emotions and difficulties that are connected to fertility issues.

— Birches Counseling, Counselor in Denver, CO
 

I have worked in a fertility clinic for over four years with patients with infertility, pregnancy loss, termination for medical reasons, genetic diagnoses, stillbirth, birth trauma as well as the stress of coping with fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF, and donor gametes or surrogacy. I also support people with LGBT family building. I help people cope with the emotional rollercoaster of the fertility process, navigate family/friendship challenges, and improve communication with their partner.

— Amelia Swanson, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Our providers at Vayda MH have unique experience (both personal and professional in many cases) and expertise to support those with difficult journeys to parenthood. Whether impacted by infertility and the complexities and stress of treatment (e.g., meds, IUI, IVF), third party reproduction (donor gametes, surrogacy), pregnancy or perinatal concerns, birth trauma, or pregnancy/infant loss... you are NOT alone in your suffering. We will walk this painful path along with you!

— Vayda Mental Health, Therapist in Coon Rapids, MN
 

I have a specialty in grief and loss and a certification in expressive arts, I have found ways to work with those facing infertility to help on the road to healing. I was trained by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Mental Health, have completed the County of San Diego adoption program. and work with those going through IVF, surrogacy or facing challenges around women's health.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

You do not need to walk your difficult journey to parenthood alone. Whether impacted by infertility and its treatment (meds, IUI, IVF), use of third party reproduction (donor eggs/sperm/embryos or surrogacy), or deciding to grow your family via adoption or choosing to live child-free... we will join you. We have providers specialized in birth trauma, pregnancy and infant loss and stillbirth, and perinatal mood/anxiety/OCD/trauma disorders. We use an attachment and feminists' approach!

— Vayda Mental Health, Therapist in Coon Rapids, MN
 

Infertility can be one of the most lonely experiences you go through as an individual, and as a couple. At a time when you need warmth, love, understanding, and support, most people feel isolated and alone. I am here to help you feel connected, heard, and I can offer support and understanding when you're making difficult decisions about your treatment plans. You should not have to travel this road alone.

— Rebecca Newton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redondo Beach, CA

Fertility challenges are an emotionally and physically challenging experience. They often create feelings of disappointment, sadness, loss and extreme loneliness. This emotional rollercoaster doesn’t have to be battled alone. A therapist specialized in infertility can help you by providing much needed support and understanding.

— Rachel Goldberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I have worked with couples and individuals who experience anxiety, trauma, depression, and stress related to fertility for over 6 years. I strive to provide a safe and welcoming space where clients receive support and process the complex feelings and experiences surrounding their fertility journey. I have worked with clients through all stages of this process including difficulty conceiving, going through fertility treatments, pregnancy loss & difficulties, and parenthood following infertility.

— Cristina Crego, Clinical Psychologist

The journey of infertility can be painful. As a professional who has personally experienced the hardships of this process, I can understand and empathize with the emotional, physical and psychological toll this process can have on the individual going through fertility treatment. I also understand how this process can significantly impact a partnership or marriage (in both positive and negative ways). Learning effective ways to cope can make this process a lot easier.

— Alisha Barnum, Counselor in Saint Charles, IL
 

I am very knowledgeable in this area as well as compassionate regarding the issues that come up when trying to start a family doesn't go as planned. There are may feelings that arise when a couple or single person cannot conceive in the way they had hoped. I also work with same sex couples who are interested in starting a family.

— Gabrielle Ducsay, Psychologist in NEW YORK, NY

Following my own journey to parenthood, my passion is helping women and men with the hardships that can arise when building a family. I have more than 15 years of experience, specializing in helping clients coping with infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum issues. I completed the 10-month Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course with Sharon Covington, MSW and Dr. Linda Applegarth, EdD and am certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International.

— Maureen McCartney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I have personal and professional experience with infertility and have focused on working with infertility/miscarriage/pregnancy &infant loss over the past 4 years.

— Samantha Bryant, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , TX

I work with women & their partners struggling with the stress & grief associated with infertility. Not limited to adoption, single parents by choice, miscarriage, recurrent loss, late term loss, IVF/ IUI, use of gestational carriers, use of donor gametes, donor embryos, donor eggs, and donor sperm.

— Keri Sipek, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Tempe, AZ
 

In my own struggles with infertility I have come to a deep understanding of both the physical and mental strain it places on ones body and mind. Each journey is different and as such, should be treated as unique as the individuals who experience trials of infertility.

— Charlotte Merrill, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CO

Why is it so easy for others to become a parent? What does it say about me as a woman that I’m not able to conceive? If you’re engaged in fertility treatment to become a parent and consumed with feelings of failure, disappointment, and rage–you’re not alone. During this uncertain and overwhelming process, connecting with an informed and compassionate mental health professional can help.

— Ana Velouise, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Counseling can provide vital support and give you the tools and information you need to thrive through this journey to parenthood rather than just wait and survive. With infertility, we often treat the physical factors and neglect the critically important mental and emotional factors needed to get pregnant. By treating the whole person, your chances of conceiving improve and the hardships of infertility are lessened.

— Alicia Ferris, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Olympia, WA