FERTILITY & MENTAL HEALTH
“I was planning everything very carefully, I had it all under control… or so I thought!
I was not prepared for this… I did not know that… I’m broken… Why me?”
Infertility is a medical condition and it is ranked as one of the most stressful experiences in life along with death, divorce, and deadly diseases, such as HIV and cancer.
While the stereotype of infertility, and of an IVF patient, may be an aging upper-class career woman, the reality is that infertility does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status or sexuality.
If you are going through infertility, you are not alone. Unfortunately, 1 in 8 American couples, and 1 in 6 worldwide, are faced with an infertility diagnosis. We are 1 in 8!
When you are faced with infertility, or any barriers that hinder your ability to become a parent, you feel devastated and robbed of a life experience that seems easy for everyone else around you.
When you experience infertility, or any barrier to build your family, you are under an enormous amount of stress. You feel left alone to deal with your struggles. Feeling shocked, upset, devastated, and angry at the situation often drives individuals into isolation, making it difficult to manage everyday life and relationships.
Treating infertility does not just mean medical treatments, it also means recognizing the comprehensive set of challenges surrounding barriers to family-building and finding approaches that can help you embark on this difficult journey of medical, mental and physical challenges.
Seeking help with mental health should be one of the first steps toward self-empowerment, enhancing your wellbeing, and regaining your strength so that you can learn coping skills and self-care tools to ease your journey at the beginning of the process.
THERAPY CAN HELP
Support is Crucial
Finding a therapist who “gets it” is very important. Enough with the common, “just relax," "at least you have…” or “have you thought of…” statements. I am here to offer you the safe space that is often not available in society, the support that only someone who understands can provide; along with the tools to ease the pain you’ve no doubt experienced.
I support and encourage all family building options and welcome people representing diverse backgrounds, identities, and different ranges of concern in therapy. I support everyone who wishes to become a parent.
-Linda Strano Burton, MS, LPC Associate
Supervised by Laurie A. Hightower, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S
COUNSELING CAN HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING:
Empowerment to advocate for yourself and your care
Recognizing your strengths
Overcome social isolation & connecting with a supporting community
Recognizing & processing unhelpful thinking patterns
Acquiring skills and strategies for everyday relationships with partner, coworkers, family & friends
Learning ways to address feelings of sadness, shame, guilt, and/or self-esteem
Recognizing and processing depression and/or anxiety, thoughts of suicide or death
Processing loss & grief
Identify unhealthy behavioral patterns, such as increased use of alcohol, medications, unhealthy sleeping patterns and more
Learning coping and self-care tools, such as mindfulness and relaxation techniques
Developing and implementing healthy boundaries
Regaining control of your life