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In my 20+ years as a psychotherapist I have been fortunate to have experienced working in a variety of agencies and settings that provided opportunities to learn from the clients whose lives have intersected with mine and from the professionals who have guided me along the way. I received my BS in psychology and sociology from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, in 1994. I earned my Masters in Social Work from the University of IL Urbana-Champaign in 1997. I am licensed in the State of IL as a Clinical Social Worker, and I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor via IAODAPCA in Illinois.
I opened my private practice in September, 2006, and have developed a specialty working with those who are experiencing issues with fertility. I facilitate a free, open to the public, monthly support group for couples called the Reproductive Challenges Networking Group which meets the second Thursday of each month. Those attending receive education about various aspects relating to infertility, assisted reproductive technology procedures such as IVF, third party reproduction such as donor eggs/embryos and gestational carriers, etc. The couples also have the opportunity to network and receive emotional support from others who understand what it’s like to struggle in the fertile world.
Madeline Licker Feingold, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services is a clinical psychologist with offices in Berkeley and Walnut Creek. She has over 25 years of experience treating adults, couples, and families and specializes in the psychological aspects of reproductive medicine, treatment of infertile couples, and alternative family building. She has been affiliated with the Alta Bates In Vitro Fertilization Program since 1992.
Dr. Feingold provides infertility counseling to help our patients cope with the emotional strain of infertility and works collaboratively with our medical team to insure an integrated treatment approach. She incorporates principles of mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and lifestyle interventions to assist individuals and couples reduce stress and depression and enhance the quality of their lives. Dr. Feingold has completed the Mind/Body Infertility Professional Training Program with Alice Domar, Ph.D.
Dr. Feingold has expertise in the psychological and ethical issues associated with third party reproduction. She provides the required psychological screening of our egg donors and surrogates and meets with intended parents who are considering building a family with the assistance of donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo, or surrogacy. Dr. Feingold helps people develop an individualized family building plan which focuses on healthy child and family development.
Margot Weinshel, L.C.S.W., R.N. is on the faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry of NYU Medical School, and has a private practice in New York City.
Marie Davidson, Ph.D. - Glenview
Fertility Centers of Illinois
3703 West Lake Avenue, Suite 106 Glenview, Illinois 60026
Marie Davidson, Ph.D. is currently on staff at Fertility Centers of Illinois®. She has been involved in counseling prospective surrogates, donors, and patients for over 20 years. Dr. Davidson is a licensed clinical psychologist, having earned her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois.
For the last 10 years, she has concentrated on counseling individuals and couples who are coping with infertility. She facilitates patient education seminars on these topics, leads several support groups, is widely published in the fertility field and has been an invited speaker at many professional meetings.
Mary P. Riddle, Ph.D.
Scenery Park Psychology Group
110 Regent Court, Suite 103 State College, Pennsylvania 16801
Dr. Mary Riddle received her PH.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University in New York City. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health (of New York’s Psychoanalytic Institute). She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Manhattan’s VA Hospital, where she started a women’s health collaborative with Primary Care.
Dr. Riddle has published numerous articles within the field of reproductive health and her research has been nationally recognized.
Since 2006, Dr. Riddle has been on faculty at The Pennsylvania State University in the department of Psychology. Currently she is a course author and lecturer of Psychology for Penn State University’s World Campus. She also maintains a private practice in State College, PA.
Since 2005, Dr. Riddle has served as the psychological consultant to Geisinger Medical Center’s Fertility Clinic in Danville, PA. She counsels patients and evaluates potential egg donors and gestational surrogates. She also meets with couples to help them navigate the complex issues inherent in third party reproduction.
Dr. Riddle is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is the past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group as well as the past Chair of the Scientific Development Committee. She remains on the Executive Board until 2017. Dr. Riddle is on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility, the medical journal of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Other professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association.