PARENTING and FAMILIES
I work with many parents and am passionate about helping people parent consciously. Making sense of our own childhoods allows us to parent without repeating the past.
Whether you have a baby, child, or teen, therapy can be a place to find understanding, guidance, and support for the challenges of parenting. My approach to parenting is influenced by Attachment Theory, Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Patty Wipfler (Hand in Hand Parenting), Lisa Damour, PhD (author of Untangled), and my extensive, insightful cohort of fellow parents.
Working with adults and their older parents is another focus of mine Oftentimes, people need help communicating intergenerationally – families often have entrenched patterns that are hard to untangle ourselves from in the moment. There is often tremendous emotional relief in addressing unresolved family issues.
The desire and decision to have a child, or children, is one of the most natural and basic of human life experience. You want and try to become pregnant, whether this is your first or subsequent child, and instead face a complex medical, financial, and emotional crisis. This crisis can evoke questions like, “Why is this happening to me?” and “Will I ever get to have this deeply wanted child?”. When infertility happens, you may feel angry, depressed, stressed, and overwhelmed.
It often looks like every one else seems to be having children without medical interventions, adoption agencies, heartache, stress, even despair. Life can feel deeply unfair. Infertility can become an all-encompassing experience.
There are many choices and decisions that people face when dealing with infertility including:
- Interventions like IVF
- Egg and sperm donation
- Choosing and creating a meaningful and fulfilled life without children
Understanding and talking through these choices and the feelings they evoke can be helpful, even transformative. Infertility often brings up old wounds for people and those can be named, explored, and more fully recognized and healed through therapy.
Perhaps choosing to work with your partner in therapy would be the best choice. Or perhaps you need the time for your self– for your experience to be understood, supported, and worked with individually. Either way, I am here to help you with your own experience of infertility.
There is a road to healing from infertility. This area is of special interest to me because I walked this path in my own life for many years. I am here to be part of your healing process.