Introduction to Counseling Services
Fertility Help AtlantaOne of our goals of fertility help in Atlanta is to provide sensitive care to the "whole person." ACRM is unique among Atlanta infertility treatment programs for offering confidential on-site counseling as an integral part of our program. Our counselors have expertise in treating infertility patients and are available during all phases of your treatment.
Infertility Counseling Atlanta
Maureen Martin, LCSW, LMFT
Infertility Support Atlanta
Counseling can be helpful for new patientsCounseling can be a helpful step in preparing for fertility treatment and can provide foundational infertility support through Atlanta Center for Reprodcutive Medicine. Many couples coming to our program have never seen an infertility counselor before. Infertility counselors, along with the rest of your medical team, have expertise in assisting couples with what to expect during and after treatment.
Counseling can help patients emotionally replenish before beginning treatment. A counseling session helps patients identify the best sources of emotional and social support available during treatment. We know that positive support does make a difference for patients in infertility treatment.
Counseling can also help in other areas: work, family relationships, marriage ... any issue that concerns you is one that can be processed in a supportive counseling relationship and can help you have a better quality of life.
Counseling may be helpful for coping with stressA session with an infertility counselor can also assist couples in coping with stress. Many couples feel relieved and hopeful when they know there are positive ways to cope with the stress and disappointment of delayed family building. Learn more on what you need to know about stress and infertility.
Counseling may be helpful for communicating with your partnerMany patients also benefit from learning how infertility affects marital communication. Infertility is often the first life crisis a couple shares together. Men and women cope differently with stress in general, and with infertility stress in particular. Helping couples recognize some of these universal patterns early in the treatment process often goes a long way towards maintaining marital satisfaction. Early counseling can help prevent misunderstandings or communication problems before they start.
Counseling can be helpful for emotional distressCouples benefit from support throughout the infertility process and especially when it comes to dealing with strong emotions. Anger, self-blame, fear, anxiety and feelings of loss may surface and feel overwhelming at times. Couples who have experienced a pregnancy loss, failed cycles, or who have a history of recurrent miscarriages may benefit from additional support as they attempt another pregnancy. An infertility counselor can also help you identify certain types of depression or anxiety conditions that should be treated prior to beginning a treatment cycle.
Counseling may be helpful for decision-makingPatients find it helpful to consult with a counselor when faced with important treatment decisions, such as the use of donor gametes or the decision to end treatment. All of our patients will meet with a counselor as part of their consultation for IVF, when using donor eggs or sperm, and for all gestational carrier arrangements. In addition, patients often choose to meet with a counselor during the "waiting period" of their treatment cycle, for support during an IUI cycle, or for post treatment follow-up.
You may also be interested in learning more about stress and infertility, frequently asked questions and our support groups. At any time during your treatment and time with ACRM, should you wish to meet with a counselor, please call our office and the next available appointment will gladly be scheduled for you. Thank you for the opportunity to assist in your care.
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