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Rochelle Anixt Gold, LMSW, ACSW, MA offers emotional health consultations before, during and after assisted reproductive heath care to support the crucial time of building development for individuals and couples. The wish for a child can be understood as enlarging the family, mastering one's own capacity for life and developing enduring bonds with a spouse and child. The timing of treatment, the amount of intervention, the need to evaluate the best care and procedures will be assessed. Feelings of grief, persistent sadness, sacrifice, loss, helplessness, worry, self-esteem and one's value in the family can be explored.
Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Mamaroneck, New York. She has worked for many years helping individuals and couples cope with fertility issues and when necessary, embrace alternative ways of family building. Currently she is a consultant for two IVF programs and has consulted for three others in the past.
Sara Barris, Psy.D.
Sara Barris, Psy.D.
109-23 71st Road, Suite 1H Forest Hills, New York 11375
Sara Barris is a clinical psychologist. Since 1988 she has been highly active in the field of reproductive health issues with an expertise in infertility and adoption Dr. Barris has written and lectured extensively around the psychological and emotional variables surrounding these issues.
She has conducted many workshops in these areas as well. Dr. Barris serves as the co - director of Support Services for Path2Parenthood. In that capacity she has created and co-developed their national telephone coaching support groups. This involves leading groups, training and supervising mental health professionals. Dr. Barris is a part of Dr. Martin Seligman’s team at the University of Pennsylvania helping to facilitate the Penn Resilience Prevention Program for children and adolescents. Sara Barris has a full time private practice in Forest Hills, New York . She is a mother through birth and adoption.
Dr. Silvia Schneider Fox is a Chicago clinical psychologist, specializing in reproductive health since 1992. Her clinical practice is devoted to counseling and supporting individuals and couples during all stages of family-building, including third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, and parenting after infertility. Dr. Fox facilitates Mind/Body For Fertility programs which help women manage stress while increasing their treatment success. She screens ovum donors and gestational carriers, consults with recipient couples and reports to medical professionals and independent agencies.
Dr. Fox has widely researched, written and presented on topics related to family-building. A professional member of RESOLVE since 1995, she served as its Illinois Director of Support Services, authored a regular "Ask the Expert" column and was a keynote speaker at its symposia and programs. Since 2010, Dr. Fox has been traveling the country, educating dozens of Reproductive Endocrinology practices on the emotional aspects of infertility.
Finally, Dr. Fox has her own experience with infertility. Her long journey to parenthood has deepened her understanding of the challenges others face in the process of building their own families. Nowadays, she combines her personal, research and clinical experience into one voice, put into words on her Fertility Resilience blog.
Stacey A. Pawlak, Ph.D.
Women's Wellness & Counseling Service
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Dr. Stacey Pawlak earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis and is a licensed psychologist/health service provider in the state of Iowa. She is Staff Health Psychologist for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinic's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Program in Iowa City, Iowa.
Her work with this program includes pre-treatment consultation for patients utilizing third-party reproduction, and supportive psychotherapy for individuals and couples coping with the challenges of infertility. She also serves as Staff Psychologist for the Women's Wellness & Counseling Service at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics where she provides outpatient psychotherapy to perinatal women and their families. Dr. Pawlak is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Iowa Psychological Association, and the Mental Health Professional Group for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.