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A number of Boston therapists offer counseling and support to women and men with infertility. Fertility treatments bring with them not only physical challenges, but emotional drains as well. Infertility can evoke a wide range of emotions, including anger, loss, sadness, guilt, depression, and anxiety.
Individuals or couples may blame themselves for the inability to conceive, and as a result, may feel powerless and helpless. Also, the high stakes of fertility treatments may cause a divide between the couple, if one wants to do whatever it takes to conceive, while the other prefers to set limits.
In order to deal with the feelings brought on by fertility struggles, it is helpful to talk with a therapist before the emotions become overwhelming and interfere with everyday life. While some infertility treatment programs require at least one session with a therapist, it can be helpful to schedule regular meetings for ongoing emotional support.
Infertility Therapists in Boston
In the Boston area, there are several therapists who specialize in working with men and women struggling with infertility. Meeting with a professional who specializes in fertility treatment can provide you with resources for infertility support and grief support, and can teach strategies for enacting positive change and empowerment.
In addition to therapists who work with Boston infertility clinics, there are several who are in private practice or affiliated with other organizations:
- Merle Bombardieri, LICSW, Wellspring Counseling Center, Lexington, MA
- Alice D. Domar, PhD, Executive Director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Waltham, MA,
- Andrew Geller, PhD, Private Practice, Newton, MA
- Ellen Glazer, LICSW, Private Practice, Newton, MA
Infertility Therapy Sessions
Infertility therapy sessions vary depending on the type of counselor you are seeing and the kind of therapy you will be receiving. In some cases, you will talk to the therapist alone. In others, your therapist will talk to you and your partner together. Some offer group counseling.
It is especially important for men to make use of infertility counseling, either alone or with a partner, since some men have a difficult time expressing their feelings, and partners are often not “on the same page” at the same time. Counseling sessions will allow him to talk about fears or struggles during the infertility process, and can help open up the lines of communication with his partner.
Before choosing a therapist, it is important to do research on the kinds of issues in which he or she specializes. You should find out simple background information like how long the therapist has been in practice, and what kinds of fertility issues he or she has experience treating.
Asking your fertility clinic for references may be a helpful step in choosing a therapist. It is important to get a good feel of your therapist beforehand, so you and your partner will feel comfortable expressing your feelings in that environment.