Fertility Therapy and Counselling in Toronto
Psychotherapy and Counselling have been proven to increase fertility. In a recent study published by the Journal Study of Fertility and Sterility, researcher Alice Domar studied 184 women and found that psychotherapy increased a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. As women, our bodies respond negatively to stress. As women, it's important to consider our current life stressors:
- Are you encountering family issues?
- Are you in a troubled relationship?
- Is your career too demanding/stressful?
- Are your finances stressing you out?
- Is there external pressure from your partner/in-laws/parents for you to become pregnant?
What is Fertility Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Women who are looking to conceive naturally or through IVF should consider psychotherapy. Some women's therapy groups can be specifically aimed at fertility, and these are a wonderful way to meet other women and share a positive and healing experience.
How does Fertility Therapy and Counselling at KMA work?
1. 50-Minute Consultation
Psychotherapy and Counselling here at KMA Therapy begins with a 50 minute consultation with one of our intake counsellors. In these fifty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality.
We believe the consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions and concerns you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended fertility counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
The fee for 50-minute consultations is $190 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.
2. 50-Minute Weekly Sessions
After the consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.
3. Finish and Evaluate
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued therapy to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!
Self-Help Reading on Fertility and Counselling
“Unsung Lullabies – Understanding and Coping with Infertility”, by Jaffe, Diamond, and Diamond (2005).
“Hannah’s Hope” by Jennifer Saake (2005)