Starting a family can seem like the most natural thing in the world, until it doesn’t work the way you expect. When pregnancy doesn’t happen, or when you have a miscarriage, or when your family structure requires some sort of intervention to have children (LGBT people, for example), or even if you are not sure about the whole family-making question, therapy can help
Navigating the uncharted world of infertility can be daunting. So many feelings come up, and so many people in your life cannot understand what you are experiencing, that you can feel totally alone in your struggle. While the world of reproductive technology is developing new ways to help people have families, the path can be full of boulders, obstacles, and difficulty.
Women who are trying to get pregnant may experience every menstrual period as a little death; another set of hopes dashed, another painful reminder. When your path includes pregnancy losses, there is another layer of feelings. Grief and anger and shame and guilt are not uncommon. They are painful emotions, and it can sometimes be hard to find support around you. People may say things to be helpful that just don’t help. Other people may seem to have babies casually and that can make you rageful. These emotions can be scary and you wonder if you’ll ever be yourself again.
Infertility is temporary. It may take a long time to resolve, but it is temporary. In the meantime, it can help to have someone to talk to about all of this. It can help to have a place to really express how you feel and what you think about what your experience is.
Individual therapy sessions are available for people dealing with fertility issues, pregnancy loss, the decision to be childless by choice or by circumstance, IVF, egg donor and surrogacy plans, and adoption. Please call to see if my services can be helpful to you.