Advice & Support: Professional Finder

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Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Healthful Changes
11503 NW Military Highway, Suite 301
San Antonio, Texas 78231
(210) 493-6554

Biography

I am Poonam Sharma, a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Antonio, Texas. I earned my Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994.  In my clinical practice, I provide psychotherapy for adults and specialize in working with people dealing with health issues, such as infertility, traumatic injury, and stress.  My coaching work focuses on helping people increase their fitness levels, find balance in their lives, and achieve their most important personal and professional goals. 

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I have served on the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for several years in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, and Community Dentistry.  I was President of the Bexar County Psychological Association in 2000-2001.  I am currently a professional member of the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association, Bexar County Psychological Association, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, American Fertility Association, and Resolve: The National Infertility Association.  I am credentialed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology through the National Register.  I am certified to offer the mind/body program for infertility created by Dr. Alice Domar, a leading researcher in the area of stress and infertility.

I believe that it takes a true partnership to bring about change in a person's life.  My job is to bring you the professional expertise that I have developed through many years of education and training.  Your job is to tell the truth, take risks to be open, and make an honest effort to follow through with what we discuss.  I will work very hard to make it comfortable for you to be yourself so that you can take the emotional risks that are necessary for growth.  I will believe in you every step of the way.  As someone who has dealt with health challenges personally, I believe I have a unique perspective on living life fully, no matter what your personal limitations.  My style is to listen compassionately to understand your situation clearly, help you set realistic goals, and then support you as you take steps that will move you toward the results you desire.

Rochelle Anixt Gold, L.M.S.W.

Rochelle Anixt Gold, L.M.S.W.

Check-Up for Emotional Health/Fertile Ground
700 N. Old Woodward Ave., Suite 300
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
(248) 642-3101

 

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D.

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D.

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D.
206 West Street
Mamaroneck, New York 10543
(914) 777-0661
Sara Barris, Psy.D.

Sara Barris, Psy.D.

Sara Barris, Psy.D.
109-23 71st Road, Suite 1H
Forest Hills, New York 11375
(718) 544-0932

Biography

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.

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She has conducted many workshops in these areas as well. Dr. Barris serves as the co - director of Support Services for The American Fertility Association. 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.

Sara Rector, M.F.T.

Sara Rector, M.F.T.

Circle of Life Center
501 Marin Street, Suite 202
Thousand Oaks, California 91360
(805) 494-1414

Biography

Sara Rector, MFT has been helping individuals and couples cope since 1980, and in private practice since 1994. She the Director of the Circle of Life Center a full service Infertility support center providing information, counseling for Individuals, Couples and Groups also providing psychological evaluations for prospective donors and surrogates.

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She has created a Reproductive Wellness MP3 and CD series available on her website www.circleoflifecenter.info/products/resources.html that includes information on Positive Intention Conception, Relationship issues and Infertility, the Male and Female perspectives and experiences of infertility, Healing pregnancy Loss and Transition to Ovum Donation.

Sara leads Support Groups for RESOLVE (Southwestern Region), has written articles for RESOLVE , lectured at Fall Symposiums, has been teleconference guest speaker (National level), and has setup & coordinated Speakers and topics for RESOLVE quarterly education meetings. She has been an expert witness in an infertility court case and a subject of live interviews on infertility at Anjionline.com, a women's health & well-being website.

Sara holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from The University of San Francisco, a B.S. in Psychology from Pitzer College of Claremont Colleges, and is a member of the California Association of Marriage, Family and Child Therapists (CAMFT), The American Fertility Association (The AFA), American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and RESOLVE.

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