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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
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Fact Sheet for Couples Experiencing Infertility
2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
Couples coping with infertility often experience a roller coaster of emotional experiences. Typically this includes anger in the form of irritability and frustration, anxiety in the form or inner agitation, tension and poor concentration, guilt and shame as well as depression and grief over numerous perceived losses. While all of this is normal enough given the stressful process of dealing with infertility, many individuals and couples can make significant gains in their repertoire of emotional coping skills and enhance their abilities to offer each other essential support.
In working with couples that struggle with infertility for over 15 years, the greatest gains have come from improvements in several areas. These include stress management skills, emotional processing abilities, and quality of couple communication, supporting each other's dreams, regularly giving the gift of patience, and facing realities with honesty, compassion, and kindness. Some couples have found that traveling the difficult pathway of infertility can be a blessing in disguise turning lemons into lemonade when they use these challenges to strengthen and enrich their growth as individuals, partners, family members and friends. Counseling with a professional attuned to the issues of infertility can make a positive difference.
What is Available to Address Infertility Issues
George Demont Otis Alders Lagunitas
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