Trouble Conceiving, Infertility Testing, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infertility Medication, Insemination, Egg and Sperm donation, In Vitro Fertilization, Adoption, Surrogacy, Choosing to Live Childfree.
The Silent Grief of Infertility
Couples usually expect conception and pregnancy to be fairly easy and are often caught off guard when problems emerge. Any or all of the above interventions can follow and the process of trying to begin or grow your family can become stressful and emotionally damaging. Couples often have not developed the skills to grieve together and men and women grieve this process in different ways. Medication for infertility causes significant mood swings, which compounds the stress and grieving the couple experiences. Infertility affects people's self-image and they are confronted with reminders throughout every day. I can help you navigate this process with your emotions and relationship intact.
infertility counseling techniques
- Couple Communication - Helping the couple express their similar and different emotions about it
- Grieving Skills - Learning the skill to grieve together
- Education - Providing information and resources about the process and options
- Support - Providing support group options and explanations of why they're helpful.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy - These techniques help you control thinking that increases distress
- Emotion Management Skills - There are very helpful techniques for medical procedures and wait times
- Options - Helping the couple explore and reconcile their feelings about their options
- Social Communication - Learning ways to communicate with friends and family