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Counseling for Infertility

Counseling for Infertility

Do I Need Counseling?

Are you struggling month after month to get pregnant? Are you beginning to look into fertility treatments such as IVF, IUI or surrogacy? There are so many options and the stress just keeps growing. Depression counseling and anxiety treatment can be an integral piece in your journey towards motherhood.

You may encounter unexpected challenges as you pursue parenthood.  When you’re having fertility problems, you may find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. You might feel alone and uncertain about how to proceed. Processing your feelings in a safe environment through counseling will allow you to stay connected with your partner.

Facing infertility is very stressful.

The level of pain women feel when they cannot conceive is immense. The pain is comparable to losing a loved one or receiving a diagnosis of a terminal illness. Therefore, infertility can lead to anxiety and depression.

However, you do not have to go through this exhausting, all-consuming, and daily battle alone.  Postpartum Wellness will help you through your journey with fertility treatment. Regardless of whether you are pursuing Assisted Reproductive Procedures such as IUI, IVF, egg donation and surrogacy or if you have chosen adoption, our expert therapists can provide emotional support so you’re stronger as you walk through the process.

Infertility counseling may include:

  • Advocating for effective, therapeutic care in a medical setting

  • Coping with anxiety, stress, and depression

  • Managing the stress of fertility treatment and everyday life

  • Exploring fertility treatment options (including using donor sperm, donor eggs, donor embryos, and/or working with gestational carriers/surrogates)

  • Making well-informed treatment decisions

  • Enhancing couples’ communication as they go through fertility treatment

How will infertility counseling help?

If you’re experiencing infertility, each month’s cycle without a pregnancy can feel like a loss. You might have to watch friends and family get pregnant, have baby showers, and enjoy their growing children. The pain of watching loved ones have what you long for can also be confusing and challenging. At Postpartum Wellness, we have counselors that understand your pain. We are ready to help you navigate the healing process. In counseling sessions, your infertility therapist will encourage you to share the ways in which your infertility struggle has affected your life. They will deeply listen to your unique experience, validate your feelings and share with you common emotional responses to infertility. You will be encouraged to talk about strains among your friends and family, tensions with your partner, financial concerns, and even trouble at work or within your social life.


anxiety during infertility treatments can be relieved in therapy at Postpartum Wellness

Stress and Infertility

Lowering your stress levels is an important part of infertility counseling. Studies have shown that stress actually affects ovulation. Therefore, we will work together to control the stress and anxiety that come with infertility.

Obsessing over what may happen or what might work can lead to feelings of anxiety or depression. You may try to avoid talking about the issue with your partner for fear they will become angry or won’t love you anymore. Maybe sex has lost its spontaneity, and you are worried about how the pressure to perform and keep track of your fertility will impact your physical and emotional intimacy.

Much of our personal identity is wrapped up in our ability to produce children. Don’t do this alone. Call for an infertility counseling appointment today!


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Infertility Therapy at Postpartum Wellness

We are here for you!

Postpartum Wellness provides expert individual therapy for women from all over the Washington, DC region. We believe in the healing power of connection. We’ve worked with countless women who have shared your pain.  Most importantly, we’ve seen those same women redefine hope, make a plan forward and find a way to balance all of the emotions they were feeling.  Healing is possible.  Joy is possible.

Our counseling services use the latest research.  We use effective counseling techniques, while also forming a strong relationship with you as a client. W e offer compassionate and solution-focused treatment.  Treatment draws directly from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Interpersonal Therapy to provide you with a holistic approach to healing.

Each therapy session is completely confidential.  Postpartum Wellness offers online counseling services.  When needed, we work with your doctor to coordinate your mental health treatment.

What does infertility counseling look like at Postpartum Wellness?

Your first counseling session is called the “intake interview.” At this session, your therapist gets thorough review of your life story and current situation.  It’s important your therapist really understands where you are coming from in order to create a realistic plan to help you move forward.  From there, we meet for regular individual counseling sessions – which is where the real work begins.

How Counseling Helps Women Struggling with Infertility

As you begin counseling for infertility, you can learn to:

  • Break free from the depression or anxiety spiral

  • Challenge internal thoughts you have about what it means to have children

  • Improve your sleep

  • Cope with stress & relax

  • Maintain a strong relationship with your partner

  • Use coping strategies that actually work

  • Feel confident and have self-control

  • Think positively

  • Understand & accept your emotions

  • Find wellness and joy

Hopelessness while doing infertility treatments is common. Receive support at Postpartum Wellness in Virginia.

We call our practice Postpartum Wellness for a reason.

We started this practice because we are passionate about providing a safe and caring space for women. We want you to have a safe space to process your family building journey.  The silent struggle that many women experience impacts their relationships with self, partner, friends, family, colleagues, and the rest of society.  You shouldn’t have to suffer in silence or try to put on a brave face for family and friends. We want to help you face your emotions.

If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, anxiety, or other issues while trying to get pregnant, let us help.  You deserve support.  Contact us today to get started on your wellness journey.

Infertility Counseling in Virginia, Maryland, and DC

You see all of your friends getting pregnant and bringing their babies home and are filled with jealousy and sadness. You wish you could just join them on their journey to motherhood. You don’t have to manage the stress of infertility alone. As a Northern Virginia Women’s Counseling Center, our skilled therapists understand your pain and can act as a guide for you during this stressful time.  Contact Postpartum Wellness today to begin counseling for infertility.

Other Services at Postpartum Wellness

The skilled counselors at Postpartum Wellness specialize in many areas other than infertility. They help with all aspects of the journey towards parenthood, whether you need counseling or just a little support after birth. Some of our specialties are prenatal massage, birth and postpartum doulas, postpartum anxiety treatment, military moms, and postpartum depression therapy.


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