Research has shown that counselling and psychotherapy can increase fertility. In a recent study published by the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, Dr. Alice Domar studied just under 200 women and concluded that psychotherapy raised their chances of getting pregnant.
Stress can have negative effects on our bodies. If you are a woman concerned with fertility, it is important to consider persistent stressors in your life:
- Do you regularly face familial conflicts?
- Is your relationship causing you consistent issues?
- Do you find your career too demanding or stressful?
- Are your finances worrying you?
- Is there pressure, perhaps from your partner or an extended family member for you to become pregnant?
What is Fertility Psychotherapy and Counselling?
If you are looking to conceive naturally or through IVF, psychotherapy may be a proactive way to improve results. Women’s therapy groups specifically focused on fertility can be a great way to meet other women, and share your experiences in a positive, and open environment.
How does Fertility Therapy at Mind + Zest Work?
1. 15-minute intake Session
We begin with a 15-minute intake session with one of our dedicated intake specialists.
During these 15-minutes, we dig deep to identify the issue you are looking to address. We then assess the best approach at relieving your stress. We also try to get a good sense of your personality. At MIND + ZEST, we want to match you with the therapist that would make the best possible fit based on what you need, and who you are. This consultation is also a great opportunity to address any concerns or questions you may have.
At the end of the session, our intake counsellor will set you up with a tailored ‘plan of action’ that includes the recommended fertility therapist best suited to help you, the recommended duration of your therapy, and a suggestion for any further testing or psychological service they feel would best fit your needs.
2. 50-minute Sessions
After the initial intake, clients will attend regular 50-minute sessions for the recommended duration of treatment. Here, we work with you through the treatment plan, and build towards the objectives set during your intake session. We can re-evaluate and tweak these goals as time goes on.
3.Finish and Reflect
After concluding the treatment plan, we take time to reflect. Here, you tell us what your experience was like. If you still find yourself struggling in certain areas of your life, we may suggest further therapy to keep you on track to accomplish what you set out to do. If you feel like you have achieved the goals you have set for yourself, your sessions with us will end there. We will likely provide readings to help maintain and further your progress, and you are welcome to book a check-in appointment any time you feel you may need one. We also love to hear how you’re doing, and what you’ve achieved since your treatment plan!
Readings on Fertility and Therapy
“Unsung Lullabies – Understanding and Coping with Infertility”, by Jaffe, Diamond, and Diamond (2005).
“Hannah’s Hope” by Jennifer Saake (2005)
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