Are you feeling emotionally and physically consumed by the whole infertility experience? Perhaps you feel the weight of the whole world is on your shoulders while you are trying to conceive. Many gentle, caring women find themselves envious when a friend becomes pregnant but can’t express their feelings of guilt or shame. Although most couples coping with infertility feel isolated, there are millions of others struggling with the same problem -approximately one in six couples of childbearing age have a problem getting or remaining pregnant.
Counseling can be a place where thoughts and feelings are discussed and better understood. This results in positive feelings of optimism, self-esteem and respect. Chances of pregnancy also increase if stress levels are kept low. It is both supportive and educational, and even though many painful feelings are normal, it is strongly encouraged to seek counseling if there are feelings of depression, shame, guilt, anger, confusion about alternative options, or in conflict with their partners.
What can you expect in a counseling sessions? Imagine yourself in a mutually-caring environment, where you are in a safe, comfortable and relaxed place. You have the opportunity to identify and voice your concerns and feelings. Your therapist counsels you through all of the stages of the infertility process. Through visualization, meditation and relaxation techniques, you learn what to expect as you go through the process as well as coping skills to lower your stress and anxiety. You will be addressing issues such as self-imposed secrecy, acceptance of loss, and exploring other family building options. This results in positive feelings of optimism, self-esteem and respect. Counseling should always be a routine part of infertility treatment.
I am committed to guiding others as they cope with infertility, and understand the roller coaster of emotions that accompany trying to become a parent. I also offer the option of EMDR treatment for chronic pain, endometriosis as well as post traumatic stress resulting from miscarriages, failed IUI’s, etc. It is my opinion there are not enough clinicians who deal with the emotionality issues of infertility.