- Since we’ve been trying to have a baby, no one seems to grasp our anguish and despair. Why is this happening to us?
- Infertility is full of unknowns. What if I never get pregnant? What else can go wrong? I feel completely out of control
- Suddenly my self-worth is shaken. My sense of being “a failure” has spread to all areas of my life.
- My infertility makes me angry. Everything makes me angry. I’m angry with myself for being so angry and yet I can’t help it.
- My husband wants us “to move on”, maybe to adopt. But, I don’t feel ready to give up. How will I know when it’s time to consider other paths to parenthood?
If you and your partner are having difficulty getting pregnant, you may be experiencing:
- waves of unexpected, overwhelming emotions
- intense feelings of loneliness and isolation
- difficulty being around pregnant women and babies
- stress and anxiety from undergoing intrusive medical procedures
- tension and more conflict in marital relationship
- a sense of emptiness, futility and despair
- feeing out of sync
- difficulty making additional treatment decisions
Having a healthy baby is a dream we tend to take for granted. No one plans for the various fertility challenges that interfere with the path to parenthood. Scientific studies confirm that stress & distress associated with infertility and its medical treatments are comparable with other serious medical conditions. Such high levels of stress can adversely affect your physical and emotional health as well as your fertility treatment. Informed by a mind-body approach to psychotherapy, I am committed to using infertility counseling to help you to:
- decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety
- enhance coping skills in the face of adverse and challenging experience
- practice self-discovery and reconnect with yourself
- enhance the emotional and physical connection with your partner
- restore a better sense of balance and well-being
- decrease feelings of isolation and alienation
- sort out various treatment alternatives
- sort out your conflictual feelings about alternative paths to parenthood
Throughout my years of psychotherapy practice, I have been dedicated to helping women and their partners alleviate the physical symptoms & psychological distress associated with fertility challenges. Please don’t hesitate to seek professional help via infertility counseling if the emotional challenges become arduous for you and/or your partner while on the path to parenthood.