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Andi Blaylock, LCSW

Andi Blaylock, LCSW

Andi Blaylock, LCSW
4636 N. Ravenswood Avenue., Suite. 201
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(312) 882-4817

Biography

Andi Blaylock is a licensed clinical social worker with a therapy practiced focused exclusively on couples and the challenges they face, including infertility. 

Drawing from personal experience with infertility, plus specialized training in couple therapy, Andi is well suited to help individuals and couples cope with the physical, mental and emotional stresses of infertility and fertility treatments. 

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Needs change throughout the fertility journey.  Whether it’s help coping with a loss, deciding among the various options for family building, living child-free, or rebuilding a marriage damaged by the process, Andi can help. 

Andi Blaylock has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a B.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.  She sees clients in two office locations on the northside of Chicago in convenient evening and weekend hours.

 

Andi Blaylock, LCSW

Andi Blaylock, LCSW

Andi Blaylock, LCSW
4753 N. Broadway Street., Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(312) 882-4817

Biography

Andi Blaylock is a licensed clinical social worker with a therapy practiced focused exclusively on couples and the challenges they face, including infertility. 

Drawing from personal experience with infertility, plus specialized training in couple therapy, Andi is well suited to help individuals and couples cope with the physical, mental and emotional stresses of infertility and fertility treatments. 

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Needs change throughout the fertility journey.  Whether it’s help coping with a loss, deciding among the various options for family building, living child-free, or rebuilding a marriage damaged by the process, Andi can help. 

Andi Blaylock has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a B.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.  She sees clients in two office locations on the northside of Chicago in convenient evening and weekend hours.

 

Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.

Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.

Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University 834 Chestnut Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 955-9216

Biography

Andrea M. Braverman, PhD is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Braverman is also the Director of Psychological and Complementary Services at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and has a private practice in Philadelphia.

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She matriculated both Masters and Doctorate degrees in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in addition to a Masters in English literature, and completed an internship in clinical psychology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed psychologist practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dr. Braverman is widely published in the peer-reviewed literature in infertility, and has presented papers, monographs, and lectures on infertility and reproductive medicine with a focus on psychological issues and counseling strategies. She serves on the editorial board of Archives of Women’s Mental Health. She reviews manuscripts for Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction. Dr Braverman also has contributed book chapters, reviews and editorials.

Dr. Braverman’s presentations have received national and international acclaim at scientific meetings. She has served as a lecturer at the Wharton School MBA Program, University of Pennsylvania and as chair for postgraduate courses at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Montreal. Dr. Braverman has been an invited lecturer at ART meetings and conferences in the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

She is currently the president of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was honored with the Family Building Award of Path2Parenthood in 2001. Dr. Braverman’s professional memberships include the American Psychological Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she has chaired many task forces and committees. She is the past chair of the Mental Health Professional Group. She is currently a member of the SART Validation Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the Executive Organizing Committee and Working Committee of FertiQoL.

Andrea Bryman, L.M.F.T.

Andrea Bryman, L.M.F.T.

Andrea Bryman, L.M.F.T.
2917 Eagles Claw Ave
Thousand Oaks, California 91362
(818) 612-6368

Biography

Andrea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a speciality in assisted reproduction which includes mental health assessments and evaluation of egg donors and surrogates.

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Andrea received undergraduate degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California.  She continued her education at U.S.C. and received her Masters degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.

Andrea has more than 19 years of clinical experience working in the mental health fields.  Her early training began in the field of Geriatrics, where she established a geriatric case management program for the City of Beverly Hills.  She has also had extensive experience working in an inpatient psychiatric facility where she was able to strengthen her testing and diagnostic skills.

Andrea’s focus on assisted reproduction stemmed from her own personal experience with infertility over 14 years ago when she was beginning her family.  Since that time, Andrea has had three children, two with methods of assisted reproduction.  Her past and personal experience provides her with the knowledge to skillfully assess prospective egg donors and surrogates.  It also provides her with the compassion to provide support and guidance to individuals pursuing assisted reproduction.   She continues her professional growth in the field of infertility through research and involvement as a professional member of both the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Path2Parenthood and Resolve.  Andrea was the past Psychological Chairperson on the board of directors for the Egg Donation and Surrogacy Professional Association.  She now serves on the advisory board of Parents Via Egg Donation.

Andrea Bryman, LMFT

 
Ann Shields, Ph.D.

Ann Shields, Ph.D.

Ann Shields, Ph.D., PLLC
320 North Main Street, Suite 420B
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 622-0661

Biography

Ann Shields is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Ann Arbor who specializes in reproductive health.  She counsels individuals and couples who are coping with reproductive challenges and offers consultation to those who are considering third-party reproduction and facing complex decisions about family building options.  She works with a number of medical practices in the area, providing assessments of potential donors and gestational carriers.

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Dr. Shields earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University's School of Medicine.  Before opening her practice, she was on the clinical and developmental faculties of the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology.

She has a longstanding interest in emotional health and resilience, and her practice focuses on issues that are central to individuals' well-being:  relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and the ways that individuals navigate key life transitions, including the transition to parenthood.  Individuals and couples often work with her around issues such as the emotional challenges of infertility, relationship issues and communication, pregnancy loss, decision making about treatment and about family building options, third-party reproduction, adoption, pregnancy and parenting after infertility, high-risk pregnancies and NICU stays, and postpartum depression.

She is a professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE, Path2Parenthood, and the Michigan Psychological Association.  She also sits on the Family Advisory Council for the University of Michigan's neonatal intensive care unit.

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