Experiencing infertility, regardless of cause, can pose significant emotional, physical, and financial challenges. Struggling with something that we understand to happen so naturally and to come so easily to others can feel frustrating, upsetting, and unfair.
Thankfully, science has evolved to help individuals and couples toward their family-building goals. Family is an ever-broadening concept. According to a 2015 Pew report, “. . . There is no longer one dominant family form in the United States. Parents today are raising their children against a backdrop of increasingly diverse and, for many, constantly evolving family forms.” Still, struggling with infertility – or using assisted reproductive technologies – can be a stressful and time-consuming process, straining individuals and relationships.
Gatewell Therapy Center works with individuals and couples, including single parents by choice and same-sex parents, exploring and evaluating family-building options. Our center offers specialized counseling to provide support and education through the physical and psychological challenges of fertility procedures. Infertility counseling may occur as a standalone treatment, or in conjunction with other services, such as group therapy and nutritional counseling. Infertility counseling may include:
- Coping with anxiety, stress, and depression
- Managing treatments and life simultaneously
- Exploring fertility options (including using donor sperm, donor eggs, donor embryos, and/or working with gestational carriers/surrogates)
- Making well-informed treatment decisions
- Enhancing couples’ communication
- Advocating for effective, therapeutic care in a medical setting
Gatewell’s director, Dr. Rosenfeld, is a prior member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), along with its Mental Health Professional Group, and a current member of RESOLVE. She has participated in educational programs through ASRM and through the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Gatewell abides by ASRM guidelines in making decisions and constructing recommendations for those choosing to build families using assisted reproductive technologies.