— E. E. Cummings
Infertility & Miscarriage Counseling
- Are you currently struggling with the experiences of infertility?
- Do you think infertility or miscarriage has had a negative impact on your relationships?
- Have you experienced a miscarriage and are struggling to cope with feelings of sadness?
The decision to become a parent is often an exciting time filled with anticipation and optimism that creates within us a deeper connection to our partner and the world around us. However, sometimes the path to parenthood is fraught with both physical and emotional struggles that can leave both individuals, and couples, feeling confused, anxious, angry and heartbroken.
Infertility is full of unknowns, and the experiences of infertility treatment can be overwhelming. Many couples invest a significant amount of emotional, physical and financial resources into the process in the hopes of one day experiencing the joys of holding and loving their own child. For some this happens, but often after a long and exhausting journey marked with loss and pain, while for others the once promising dream of a child disappears into heartbreak. For others still, while never engaged in infertility treatment, the occurrence of a miscarriage can be devastating and is often suffered in silence and grieved in solitude. According to the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant and staying pregnant, while approximately 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage with 43% of women report having experienced one or more miscarriages during the first trimester of pregnancy. The result of infertility and/or miscarriage can create intense feeling anxiety and depression, while the experience of pregnancy loss can be traumatic resulting in a deep state of grief.
Symptoms can include:
- Feelings of despair and hopelessness.
- Anger outbursts.
- Social withdrawal and isolation.
- Feeling of shame or guilt.
- Disconnected or conflictual marital relationships.
- Mood swings and obsessive thoughts.
- Loss of interest or pleasure.
- Changes in sleep patterns, appetite or energy levels.
The experiences of infertility and miscarriage are emotionally challenging and physically difficult. However, you do not need to navigate your journey alone or in silence. Through therapy, you have a safe place to process your feelings, explore your options and heal your heart as you navigate through the difficulties ahead. You are not alone anymore