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Deborah Simmons, PH.D.,L.M.F.T.

Deborah Simmons, PH.D.,L.M.F.T.

Partners in Healing
10505 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 200
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
(763) 546-5797

Biography

Dr. Deborah Simmons is a co-owner of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis (PIH). She is a marriage and family therapist who has been working with individuals, couples and families in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN) for 14 years. She works actively with adults to resolve a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, health problems, and relationship issues.

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To Dr. Simmons, therapy is about co-creating something new, something different, something better in our lives. Often working in collaboration with physicians, nurses, and genetics counselors, she employs a variety of techniques in her work, including hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She has found that the use of humor and improvisation is helpful in finding new solutions to life's challenges.

 

Dr. Simmons specializes in reproductive complications. This includes fertility challenges, miscarriage, pregnancy complications, fetal anomalies, premature delivery, and stillbirth. She often is sought out by women with postpartum depression and anxiety. She consults to reproductive medicine clinics and OB-GYN clinics. She has worked with fertility clinics and third party reproductive agencies around the country to provide assessments and testing of potential egg donors and gestational carriers. She is a frequent speaker for the Midwest Region of RESOLVE.

 Dr. Simmons is a principal partner of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis. She received her PhD in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working as a therapist, Dr. Simmons worked as a Congressional aide and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and a health care policy analyst in St. Paul.

 

She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is also a professional member of RESOLVE and Path2Parenthood.

Elaine Gordon, Ph.D.

Elaine Gordon, Ph.D.

Elaine Gordon, Ph.D.
1245 16th Street, Suite 210
Santa Monica, California 90402
(310) 454-0502

Biography

 

Elaine Gordon is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in infertility, child development, reproductive medicine, and third party family building.  Besides her role as a therapist and group facilitator working with patients struggling with fertility related issues, she lectures on various topics surrounding the psychology of reproductive medicine.

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Dr. Gordon is the author of “Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where some babies come from, a children’s book dedicated to explaining a child’s unique reproductive beginnings. Second publication due to arrive 2010 under the revised title, of “Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where many babies come from.

Her professional associations include The American Psychological Association, andThe American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  She has served as the educational chair for the Psychological Special Interest Group and participates on various group committees. Dr. Gordon’s clinical work involves individual therapy, group process for couples and individuals, staff training for programs involved in reproductive medicine and third party screening and evaluations. She also counsels birthmothers and prospective parents who are considering adoption. 

Dr. Gordon is well versed in both the medical and psychological aspects of reproductive medicine utilizing third parties. Her involvement in egg donation and surrogacy programs has stimulated an interest in the issues surrounding secrecy and disclosure in third party parenting. Related to the disclosure/nondisclosure issue is the need to assess the advantages and disadvantages of open versus closed donation policies. She lectures on disclosure policies and how you talk to children about non-traditional family building focusing on their psychological health. 

Throughout her career in psychology, she has become increasingly concerned about the ethical and moral dilemmas in reproductive medicine. She has co-authored a chapter entitled ’ Legal and Ethical Aspects of Infertility Counseling’ in the textbook Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians.  Dr. Gordon is currently involved in several research projects investigating the psychological implication of using egg and or sperm donation as a means of building families. She continues to work with other professionals in establishing a ‘standard of care” policy for the infertility patient and third party participants.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
1 Bryant Crescent
White Plains, New York 10605
(914) 941-2587

Biography

In practice for 25 years, with infertility and adoption specialty for 12 years. Co-directed infertility and adoption support groups, and spoken at numerous conferences. Facilitated individual and couples infertility and adoption groups, and extensive experience with psychotherapy groups and education groups/workshops.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
570 Scarborough Road
Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
(914) 941-2587

Biography

In practice for 25 years, with infertility and adoption specialty for 12 years. Co-directed infertility and adoption support groups, and spoken at numerous conferences. Facilitated individual and couples infertility and adoption groups, and extensive experience with psychotherapy groups and education groups/workshops.

Elizabeth Grill, Psy.D.

Elizabeth Grill, Psy.D.

The Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College (formerly CRMI)
1305 York Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10021
(646) 962-3314

Biography

Dr. Grill is experienced as a counseling psychologist and medical researcher with a special focus on the emotional aspects of infertility, IVF treatment, cancer related infertility, and sexual dysfunction. She provides individual, couples, and group therapy for patients participating in all forms of assisted reproduction. She also has significant experience in all aspects of oocyte donation, including donor and recipient evaluation and treatment issues.

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Dr. Elizabeth Grill is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, and is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, and Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Trained and certified by Alice Domar at the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Grill also developed and conducts a stress management class for infertility patients that focuses on relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness skills, and other helpful ways to manage emotional distress. She also co-leads a Women's Drop-In Support Group and leads a General Infertility Support Group for individuals and couples where patients share their concerns, thoughts and feelings related to all aspects of infertility treatment.

Dr. Grill completed her training as a sex therapist at the Human Sexuality Program, Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, founded over thirty years ago by Dr. Helen S. Kaplan. Dr. Grill treats men, women, and couples experiencing sexual and relationship problems both related and unrelated to infertility.

Dr. Grill completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communications with Highest Distinction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her professional training includes a fellowship year at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility and a 12-month psychology internship at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She also trained and led workshops at the New York University Child Study Center designed to teach couples communication and relationship enhancement skills.
Dr. Grill is a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and Vice Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She serves as an editorial reviewer for Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Andrology. Dr. Grill has lectured worldwide to patient and medical audiences and has published articles and participated in media interviews related to the emotional aspects of reproductive medicine.

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