What is Fertility Counseling?

Fertility counseling is psychotherapy that specifically targets emotional challenges and integrates psychoeducation with trying to conceive. It is an extension of health and reproductive psychology. Fertility counseling can address infertility, pregnancy loss, use of egg, sperm, embryo donors, and/or surrogacy. Fertility counseling often focuses on loss, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, coping skills and decision-making.

Help is just a call away. Counseling with Melissa offers a FREE 30-minute consultation to ensure a good fit. Call today.

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Expert help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression

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Coping with the Impact of COVID-19

Never has struggling with infertility felt more isolating.

Never have you felt more out of control on your journey. 

During these incredibly unsettling times, Melissa is here for you. Reach out to schedule a session. Find the tools you need to help illuminate your path forward. 

Never is finding accurate, supportive, vetted resources more important than when you’re experiencing the grief and confusion of fertility challenges. I am committed to providing clients with books, articles, and websites that offer critical information, connection, and empowerment. Below, you’ll find a sampling of the resources I recommend. For a more thorough list, please feel free to reach out and request one.

Websites

resolve.org The National Infertility Association

asrm.org American Society for Reproductive Medicine

FertilityIQ.com

dcnetwork.org Donor Conception Network

Expert help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression and PCOS and depression.

Meet with an infertility therapist for single mother by choice, who can treat infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression. Your therapist talks you through your treatment and offers psychological support with regular visits and unlimited messaging.

Books

  • The Art of Waiting: On Infertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
  • I Am More than My Infertility: 7 Proven Tools for Turning a Life Crisis into a Personal Breakthrough by Marina Lombardo & Linda J. Parker
  • Coping with Infertility, Miscarriage and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning by Amy Wenzel, PhD
  • Navigating the Land of If: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options by Melissa Ford
  • Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility by Janet Jaffe, David Diamond, & Martha Diamond
  • Not Pregnant by Cathie Quillett & Dr. Shannon Sutherland
  • The Infertility Journey by Tarun Jain
  • Conquering Infertility by Alice D. Domar & Alice Lesch Kelly

Commonly treated conditions include:

Other Resources

Ferticalm app

Modern Fertility

Get help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression

No insurance needed. Easy out‑of‑network claims.

HSA/FSA eligible.

 

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1. Schedule an appointment

for a FREE 30-minute consultation.

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2. Hop on a phone call with Melissa

Let’s chat. Just a few short questions to help us understand your unique situation. Personalized discussion about treatment options.

3. Continued care

You'll meet regularly with your therapist to discuss progress and chat to stay on track.

Get help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression

A simple approach to personalized care

You’re unique, and your care should be too. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, Counseling with Melissa provides the personalized care you need. We’ll help you achieve your personal goals and help you work out how long you should be on treatment given your situation.

Anxiety Mental Health

Overcoming anxiety is possible. Let’s beat this together.

If you’re having a mental health emergency, call 911, go to the nearest emergency room.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or text “home” to 741-741.

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How to get help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression

What is Depression?

Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, the absence of pleasure from the performance of acts that would normally be pleasurable, sustained periods of feeling sad, or even suicidal ideations.

Symptoms:

  • Change in appetite/weight
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Fatigue, loss of energy
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Tearfulness, depressed appearance
  • Social withdrawal, decreased talkativeness
  • Brooding, self-pity, pessimism
  • Lack of reactivity, blunting

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a state of apprehension and fear resulting from the perception of a current or future threat to oneself.  The term is used to describe a symptom and a variety of psychiatric disorders in which anxiety is a symptom.

Many things can contribute to your anxiety. Your past and present can cause you to be anxious. So can your personality. In fact, some people are just predisposed to worrying. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but some of the common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past
  • Avoiding places, things or people
  • Constant worry
  • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
  • Double or triple checking that you’ve done something “right”
  • Fatigue/ sleep problems/ lack of sleep
  • Feeling agitated
  • Feelings of danger, panic or dread
  • Headaches
  • Increased or heavy sweating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
  • Not eating enough or eating too much
  • Obsessions about certain ideas
  • Panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Restlessness
  • Trembling or muscle twitching
  • Weakness or lethargy

Get help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression

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Get help from an infertility therapist, for single mother by choice, for infertility depression as well as PCOS and depression

Help is just a call away. Counseling with Melissa offers a FREE 30-minute consultation to ensure a good fit. Call today.