Professionally-led Support Groups are more structured than peer groups and form at various times throughout the year. They are led by trained and licensed therapists who are professional members of RESOLVE and specialize in assisting individuals and couples with the special challenges presented by the struggle of Infertility. Participation in professionally-led groups involves fees set by the individual therapist and a commitment to a specific number of sessions.

Arizona

Glendale Third Party Reproduction Support Group

Meets every other Monday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Led by Ilyssa Swartout, Psy. D. at iswartout@aol.com or 602-548-1444
This group is for those individuals or couples who are considering egg or sperm donation. Topics include: Understanding egg/sperm donation, the decision to disclose with your child and others, grief, loss and acceptance. Questions and conversation encouraged. Cost $50 per individual per session, $75 per couple per session, initial interview charged as the same rate as above, 4 session minimum not including initial interview. RSVP required.

Glendale Couples General Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Wednesday evening from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Led by Ilyssa Swartout, Psy. D. at iswartout@aol.com or 602-548-1444
This group will help couples navigate through their journey with infertility. This group will focus on helping couples nourish their relationship; how to work together with patience, support and love; how to keep your relationship strong during the infertility process, how to enhance communication and understanding; knowing when to take a break; how to deal with people who mean well but just don’t understand; weighing medical options; and relaxation and mind/body techniques will be taught and practiced. Questions and conversation encouraged. Cost $75 per couple per session, $75 for initial interview, 4 week minimum required to attend not including initial interview. RSVP required.

 

California

Del Mar/Carmel Valley Mind/Body for Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Tuesday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Led by Karen Hall, PhD, 760.443.5425 or karenhallphd@aol.com.
Develop skills to ease the process of infertility treatments and feel more in control.  Based on the Harvard School of M/B Medicine Infertility Program. 6 Session Commitment–Cost: $60 per couple per session/$50 for individuals.

Escondido/San Diego North Inland Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Led by Rachael Stracka, LCSW 760.489.1092 or email at inpsychcenter@gmail.com
This group is for a woman at any point in her infertility journey. It is a safe place for you to share and get support for the impact of infertility in your life, and for you to learn targeted coping strategies for the emotional, physical and relational stresses of reproductive difficulties. You will learn and practice techniques for relaxation and focus on mind/body work. In addition, you will receive information and support in the areas of self-esteem, decision-making, relationship difficulties, and all types of family-building options. Cost is $50/week ($45 with code “Resolve15). Six session commitment and RSVP required. Current group held Mondays at 6:00PM.

Laguna Hills General Infertility Support Group for Women

Contact Valerie Gelbe for support group schedule.
Led by Valerie Gelb, MFT, 949.751.7380 or valeriegelb@hotmail.com
This group is for women who are frustrated and overwhelmed with the roller coaster of feelings connected with the diagnosis of infertility.  This group will provide a safe place to share experiences, express feelings, develop new coping skills and gain support from others who understand. In addition to group discussions, information will be provided on topics such as the impact of infertility on relationships, tips to improve communication with your partner, how to deal with friends and family, stress management, infertility treatments, adoption, 3rd party reproduction, childfree living and more. Cost: $45 per week. Visit www.valeriegelb.com to learn more about Valerie and the services she provides.

Los Angeles General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the second and fourth Mondays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Led by Tonya Wood, PhD. at contact@tonyawood.com or 310.982.2623
This group provides a supportive and welcoming environment for individuals to openly and safely explore the emotional, spiritual and psychological costs of infertility. Group leader will use techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients find joy and meaning while dealing with infertility and making decisions around various family building options. Topics will include coping with infertility, religious and cultural aspects of infertility, relationships and identity.  Mindfulness and meditation as effective stress management techniques will also be introduced and practiced. Cost: $50 per group session. RSVP required.

Los Angeles Ovum Donation Support Group

Meets every other Wednesday evening from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Led by Carole Lieber Wilkins, MFT at 310.470.9049 or familybuilding@verizon.nethttp://www.lafamilybuilding.com/(RSVP required)
For individuals and couples at all stages of the ovum donation process, parents and not-yet parents. 5 Session Commitment Cost: $300 per couple for the five sessions

Los Angeles Waiting for Parenthood by Adoption

Meets every other Wednesday from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Led by Carole Lieber Wilkins, MFT at 310.470.9049 or familybuilding@verizon.net (RSVP required)
Discuss the many ups and downs of waiting for your child.  We’ll talk about how to endure the wait, how to prepare for a child in your home, how to know when a match is right, how to prepare extended family and more. 6-session commitment; $180 for six weeks

Los Angeles (West) “Healing Infertility” Mind/Body Group

Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Led by Robin J Roberts, LCSW, PhD at 310.209.6292, robroblcsw@aol.com
The essence of fertility in women is receptivity, enhanced by the Relaxation Response.  This ten-week Mind Body Group, based on the Harvard model, teaches you the Relaxation Response techniques that counteract the negative effects of stressful treatments, and help you feel whole and receptive again. Topics include infertility and stress, negative emotions and thoughts, healing the feminine and sexuality, and creating supportive relationships. Cost: $500 for ten weeks, plus $50 supply fee (manual, CD, biodots, etc) RSVP is required. Group starts when five women have registered. Please contact group leader to be included in the list. Date and evening may change to accomodate more members.

Los Angeles (West) Pre-Adoption Support Group

Meets every other Wednesday from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Led by Carole Lieber Wilkins, MFT at 310.470.9049 or familybuilding@verizon.net (RSVP required)
For individuals and couples waiting to become parents through adoption. Cost: $60 per couple per session, 5 session commitment

San Diego Mind/Body Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Tuesday
Led by Karen Hall, PhD at 760.443.5425 or karenhallphd@gmail.com or visit her website at http://www.infertilitycounselingandsupport.com
This mindfulness based stress reduction group will seek to increase your sense of control and overall well-being, increase your support and decrease feelings of isolation and develop skills to ease the difficulties associated with infertility/treatment cycles. The cost is $40 per individual and $50 per couple.  The initial phone consult is free and I ask members to commit to 6 group sessions. RSVP is required.

San Francisco Secondary Infertility Support Group

Meets: Tuesdays from 10:30AM – Noon
Location: 1197 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at 415.317.4893, beth@therapistsf.org or visit www.therapistsf.org.
Members of this infertility support group come together to share feelings, and creative ways to cope with the challenges of secondary infertility. Members help one another work through feelings of anger and depression, as well as support each other through successes.  All aspects of secondary infertility will be covered including recurrent miscarriage, third party reproduction, IVF, when to stop treatment, and adoption. The group welcomes lesbian, married, partnered, and single women. 6 session commitment required with the option of continuing. Fee: $360 RSVP and an initial consultation is required.

San Francisco General Infertility Support Group

Meets: Thursdays from 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: 1197 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at 415.317.4893, beth@therapistsf.org or visit www.therapistsf.org.
Members of this infertility support group come together to share feelings, and creative ways to cope with the challenges of infertility. Members help one another work through feelings of anger and depression, as well as support each other through successes.  All aspects of infertility will be covered including recurrent miscarriage, third party reproduction, IVF, when to stop treatment, and adoption. The group welcomes lesbian, married, partnered, and single women. 6 session commitment required with the option of continuing. Fee: $360 for the 6 weeks of group. There is a 6 week minimum.

San Francisco Women’s Ovum Donation Support Group

Meets on Tuesdays from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: 1197 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at 415.317.4893, beth@therapistsf.org or visit www.therapistsf.org.
Topics include: choosing a donor; deciding if 3rd part reproduction is right for you; how to talk to your child and others about your child’s unique beginnings; common experiences of the egg donation process; having a genetic connection with one parent and not the other; coping with feelings of grief about your infertility as well as the impact of past experiences of failed treatment and/or pregnancy loss(es) *This group is for women who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings with others in a healing environment. 6 session commitment is required with the option of continuing. Fee: Initial Interview and $360. RSVP is required.

San Mateo Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Wednesday morning from 8:00AM to 9:15AM
Dates: March 2nd, 16th, 30th, April 13th, 27th, May 11th
Location: 1730 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 209, San Mateo, CA 94402
Led by Diane Cote, LCSW at 415.366.8830, dianecotelcsw@gmail.com
This “Leader-Led RESOLVE Support Group” is open to ALL women with a diagnosis of infertility, no matter where you are in your process, in your relationship or if you are considering single parenthood. Topics include; IVF cycling, repeat miscarriage, third party reproduction and integrated healing approaches. We will discuss the impact your infertility journey has on your relationships and we will work with challenging feelings and how treatment impacts your mind and body. Participants and leader serve as resources to each other in the practical matters of navigating clinics and agencies. I will lead participants through a variety of mindfulness-based techniques that can be used for coping with ongoing, day-to-day, stress. A strong emphasis on self-renewal, self-care and self-compassion will be at the heart of the group, which will be conducted in a safe and confidential setting. Fee: $360 for 6-week commitment, payment required at first meeting.

Sherman Oaks Navigating the Fertility Journey – A Comprehensive Mind/Body Program & Support Group

Meets on Saturdays from 12:30PM to 2:00PM
Led by health psychologist and registered yoga teacher, Deborah Anderson, PhD, and certified yoga therapist, Wendy Obstler. Contact Deborah Anderson, PHD at 818-235-2158 or visit: http://www.divinesparkyoga.com/fertility-yoga-weekly-group-class.html to sign-up online.
This on-going weekly comprehensive program and support group incorporates Western and Eastern mind-body medicine tools to help you better navigate the emotional components often present along the fertility journey, as well as to optimize physical well-being and fertility.  Tools/topics include: how to engage your Relaxation Response, understanding thought-emotion-body link and how to modify “unhealthy’ patterns, breath work, meditations/visualizations, fertility yoga poses, education on optimizing health and hormone balancing, and the Strong Yoga Fertility Ball Method (a self-acupressure system for calming and balancing the body). Cost: $25 per class. You must pre-register for the classes.

Sherman Oaks Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM to 8.30PM
Led by Abigail Glass MFT. Call 818.903.6399 or email Abigail@AbigailGlassMFT.com for more information.
This group provides a safe and nurturing environment to explore all feelings, concerns and questions associated with growing your family through fertility treatment. It is designed to educate and support you and help you to navigate all of the psychological, medical and spiritual aspects of the journey to your family. Cost: $50.00 per group.

Thousand Oaks (Ventura County) General Infertility Support Group

Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Led by Sara Rector, MFT, 805.494.1414 or sararectormft@gmail.com  (RSVP required)
This group offers hope, understanding and support with  problem solving, treatment and family building options, when to transition to IUI, IVF, Donor, adoption  or surrogacy. Mind Body connection and use of positive intention to create most optimal treatment cycles is utilized. Cost: for 6 sessions – $300 for individuals

Tustin General Infertility Support Group for Women

Meets on Tuesdays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM on a weeknight
Led by Penny Joss Fletcher, MFT at www.infertility2adoption.com, 714.730.7996 or pennyjf@sbcglobal.net
This group focuses on helping women explore, acknowledge and understand their emotional reactions to infertility. Topics include the impact of infertility on identity, self-esteem, sexuality and relationships. Relaxation and other mind/body coping skills introduced and practiced. Information is also provided to help make decisions regarding various medical treatment options as well as adoption or childfree living. Requires four week commitment with option to renew. Cost: $35/week.

Tustin Pre-Adoption Support Group for Individuals and Couples

Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM – 8:30PM on a weeknight.
Led by Penny Joss Fletcher, M.A., LMFT at 714.730.7996, www.infertility2adoption.compennyjf@sbcglobal.net
The group will explore various ways of adopting and the emotional issues involved so that you can make a decision that is right for you. We will discuss how to make the transition from medical treatment to adoption planning and explore the options available in open adoption. Enter this new journey toward parenthood with others and with helpful information! Cost: $35/individual, $50/couple. Requires 4 week commitment with potential to renew.

Colorado

Denver General Infertility Support Group

Meets on alternative Tuesdays at 6:00PM
Location: Bethesda Professional Building, 4770 East Iliff Avenue, Ste. 220, Denver, Colorado  80222
Led by Joan Manheimer, Ph.D., 303.331.1818
This support group, sponsored by the University of Colorado’s Advanced Reproductive Medicine Practice, has been ongoing and open to the public at no charge for the past 20 years. While there have been extraordinary advances in treatment over this time, the pain of infertility is often still overwhelming. This group functions as a refuge and support for those struggling with frustration and helplessness as they attempt to build their families. Please call Dr. Manheimer for more information.

Northern Colorado General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Location: Old Town Fort Collins, CO
Led by Teresa Barrett, MA, LPC, ATR, 970.420.2516 or teresambarrett@gmail.com, or visit www.teresambarrett.com for more information.
Infertility can be an all-encompassing and heartbreaking journey. Often times there is little room for the emotional pain and stress that goes with infertility. Yet, inside you may be feeling anxiety, shame, self-doubt, blame, guilt, confusion, jealousy, isolation, or as if there is something wrong with you. Support is available. Gather in a safe, caring, and compassionate setting to share your journey with others who are building their family through reproductive medicine, donor egg or donor sperm, embryo donation/adoption, gestational carrier, or adoption. Receive support, explore self-care, and discover new coping tools. This ongoing group meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month in Old Town Fort Collins. RSVP to attend. Cost is $30/meeting. An initial ½ hour meeting with the facilitator is required before joining the group for the first time.

Florida

Lakewood Ranch Stress Busters for Surviving Infertility

5 group meetings: on Tuesdays: October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, and 15 from 5:00 to 6:30PM
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
Led by Beth Cooper, Ph.D., ABPP, Licensed Psychologist,  941.855.0306

Infertility is one of the most stressful events anyone can experience. It is a major life hurdle and a major disappointment. It effects you individually and strains your relationship. This group will provide a place to talk with others about their experiences and yours. You will learn specific methods to help you get through the treatments or move on. Cost: $40 per person/ $55 per couple

Miami Beach Couples General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the third Monday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 975 Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street), Miami Beach, FL
Led by Bette Galen, LCSW 973.801.7968 or  bgalen31@gmail.com
Going through infertility treatment can be daunting and can challenge couples communication skills and their ability to remain open to each other’s needs as a pregnancy remains elusive.  Meet other couples who really understand what you are going through. We’ll discuss how men and woman communicate and process stress and trauma differently; learn from each other successful coping skills as well as ones that could use a little tweeking!  Bring your questions and concerns to this supportive environment. RSVP Required. Cost: $15
 

Miami Beach Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the first Monday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 975 Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street), Miami Beach, FL
Led by Bette Galen, LCSW 973.801.7968 or  bgalen@31@gmail.com
This interactive general infertility support group will address how to cope with many of the stressors facing individuals and couples when they receive the diagnosis of infertility. We will cover topics such as: How infertility influences our self-concept and ways to look at ourselves in a more positive way; How to deal with friends and family; Different coping styles of men and women and relationship issues that arise while dealing with infertility; How to relieve stress (which no doubt is considerable!); and setting realistic goals. Registration required. No walk ins permitted. Cost: $15

Attention Mental Health Professionals – RESOLVE is looking for licensed private practice psychotherapists and clinical social workers with experience counseling infertility patients to lead infertility and adoption support groups in Florida.  RESOLVE professional membership is required. Please contact Betsy Campbell at bcampbell@resolve.org or 703.556.7172.

 

Illinois

Southwest Suburban – Chicago Area
RESOLVE Professionally-Led Support Group – General Infertility Group

Meets on the third Monday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Led by Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR. Contact by phone:  815-556-9471 or email: ChartreuseCenter@gmail.com
Location: The Friendship Centre, 175 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville, Illinois
This is a confidential and supportive group for women coping with primary and secondary infertility. Topics are based on the interests of the group and may include: talking with friends and family, decision making, living child free or concluding medical treatments, issues surrounding spirituality, grief and loss, living with infertility. A phone intake is completed prior to your first session attended and RSVP for each session is required. Cost: $20/group meeting

Greater Will County
Surviving Infertility Group

Dates: January 9-January 30, February 20-March 13, April 24-May 15, June 5-June 26, July 24-August 14, September 18-October 9, October 30-November 20 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location: Friendship Centre, 175 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville, IL.
Led by Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR at 815-556-9471 or email at chartreusecenter@gmail.com to register. Visit the website to view accepted insurance providers at www.chartreusecenter.com.
This group is for women and couples that are newly confronted with a difficulty with conceiving or newly exploring an infertility diagnosis. This group meets 4 consecutive weeks. Focus for this interactive group includes: emotions and understanding your diagnosis; coping with tests, treatment and relationships; self-esteem and self acceptance; and defining your family building goals. Registration required.  Min/Max Participants: 6/12 Fee: $120/person **Inquire about submitting to insurance for the group.

Maryland

North Bethesda “Healing Infertility” Mind/Body Group

Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Led by Katherine Hannon, LCPC at katherinehannoncounseling@gmail.com or 301.401.8704
This ten-week Mind Body Group, teaches you a toolbox of techniques to alleviate the stress that accompanies the crisis of infertility to help you feel whole and balanced. Topics include relaxation and self-soothing skills, varieties of self-care, negative emotions and thoughts, healing the feminine identity and sexuality, repairing damaged relationships and creating supportive ones. Cost: $30 per session. Many insurance plans accepted—please check with group leader about your specific coverage. RSVP required. Group starts when five women have registered. Please contact Katherine Hannon, group leader, to be included on the list. Date and evening may change to accommodate more members. This is a professionally-led support group.

Rockville Fertility After 40 Group

Meets once a month (see website for exact dates)
Led by Dr. Julie Bindeman at drbindeman@gmail.com
This is a support group led by a licensed psychologist that meets once a month  for women that are struggling with conceiving and who are 40+ in age. The group is located in Rockville, Maryland at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington’s office. The cost is $35 per group. Please contact Dr. Julie Bindeman prior to the group.  For more information: http://greaterwashingtontherapy.com/ITGW/Events.html 

Rockville Multiple Miscarriage Group

Meets once a month (see website for exact dates)
Led by Dr. Julie Bindeman at drbindeman@gmail.com
This is a support group led by a licensed psychologist that meets once a month for women that have experienced more than one miscarriage. The group is located in Rockville, Maryland at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington’s office. The cost is $35 per group. Please contact Dr. Julie Bindeman prior to the group. For more information: http://greaterwashingtontherapy.com/ITGW/Events.html

Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul RESOLVE Professionally-led Support Group

Meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Led by Jeanette Truchsess, Ph.D., L.P. at 651-226-4704 or doctortruchsess@gmail.com 
Location: Okie Library, St. Clement’s Church, 901 Portland Ave., St. Paul, MN.
This group is for anyone who is struggling to have a child. People considering using egg, sperm or embryo donation or adoption are welcome. People who are pregnant after infertility are also welcome, as this can be a stressful time. Share your journey in a safe, confidential setting with peers who are having similar experiences. Get support for your feelings and decision making as you explore what path is best for you. Topics include grieving, family building options, coping with stress, deciding who to tell about the journey, sharing the donor story with children and others and living child-free. Learn a different stress-reducing tool each month from Alice Domar’s Mind/Body Program for Fertility. To RSVP, email Dr. Jeanette. RSVP appreciated but not required. Please use back door entrance. Parking available behind the church. Fees: $15/person, $25/couple

New Jersey

Chatham Postpartum Support Group for Mothers Via Egg Donation

Meets for 6 weeks; meeting date to be determined
Location: Chatham, NJ
Led by Laura Winters, LCSW at 862.200.7218
This group is for mothers who have recently had a baby via egg donation. We meet biweekly in the evening in Chatham. The group will run for 6 sessions and members will remain the same for that time. Topics covered include adjusting to life with a baby, bonding, disclosing egg donation to others, motherhood after fertility treatment, and self-care. Please contact Laura for more information on joining the next group. Fee $25/session

Woodbury Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30PM.
Location: Healing Path Counseling, 44 Cooper Street, Suite 204, Woodbury, NJ 08096
Led by Karen Ognibene, MA, LPC at 609.230.6280
Is infertility straining your relationships or leaving you feeling alone? A support group with other women going through the same thing will allow you to process your feelings in a comfortable place. Learn about coping strategies and how to make decisions and hear from scheduled speakers about topics ranging from relaxation techniques, acupuncture, nutrition, adoption and surrogacy. Cost: $35/session; RSVP required for this group. This is a professionally-led support group.

 

New York

Dutchess County Women’s General Infertility Group

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Location: 24 Main Street, Suite A, Millerton, NY 12546
Led by Anne Malavé, PhD, 518.789.0016, Drannemalave@aol.com
Are you experiencing infertility? Are you feeling alone and out of control?  Come and experience the comfort of attending a support group with other women going through the same thing. Learn about coping strategies and how to make decisions….get the support you need in the safety of a RESOLVE Professionally led support group.
Fee: $25 per group session – 4 session commitment and initial intake interview ($40 one time only) required. RSVP required.

Nassau County Professionally Led Support Groups for Women – General Infertility

Meets on Tuesdays at 7:00PM – 8:15PM
Location: 165 North Village Ave., Suite 4, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Led by Liz Westermann, LCSW (516)279.3803; liz@lizwestermancounseling.com
Share the feelings, frustrations, and personal experiences of infertility in a safe, supportive environment. This professionally led group will provide information, coping strategies and an opportunity to create a bond with other women who are experiencing the same feelings of isolation, sadness, and feeling out of control. Creating a network of support can make all the difference as you go through the difficult journey of infertility.
Fee: $30/ session. $60 for one-time initial intake interview.

New York City Male Factor Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Tuesday at 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 49 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
Led by Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, 212.666.3400 or phyllow@gmail.com
Infertility is often talked about as a women’s problem, yet 30% of infertility is due to male factor and 20% is due to combined male and female factor. For a man, a diagnosis of infertility can be devastating. In general, it is difficult for men to talk about their feelings and oftentimes raises the issue of what does it mean to be a “real man.” However, infertility is a couple’s problem and one that must be faced as a team. The purpose of this six week group is to explore the emotional impact of this medical diagnosis on you and your relationship, explore your feelings about the loss of biological parenting, explore the alternatives of family building options that are right for both of you, and meet with other couples who are exploring the emotional impact of male factor in their lives. Fees: Initial consultation – $70 and $50 per group session

New York City Support Group for Single Women Building a Family by Adopting

Location: 49 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
Led by Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, 212.666.3400 or phyllow@gmail.com
Are you considering adopting or have already started the process of adoption? Parenting is one of the most challenging life experiences and doing it solo, provides additional challenges. The purpose of this six week group is to provide an intimate space for single women to explore their thoughts and feelings about the joys and challenges of becoming a single parent through adoption. Topics include “have you mourned your “fantasy” biological child?” “what are your concerns about the emotional, social, and financial issues of single parenting by adoption?” and “what are the short and long-term challenges of becoming a family by adopting?” This is a unique opportunity to find the support you need! To register contact Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW specializing in adoption, infertility, third-party reproduction and parenting including blended families.
Fees: Complimentary initial consultation fee and $50 per group session. A six-session commitment is required. You can also have a private consultation at any time.

New York City The Journey from Infertility to Alternative Family Building Options (Adoption, Third Party)

Meets every other Wednesday at 7:15PM to 8:45PM
Led by Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, 212.666.3400 or phyllow@gmail.com
Location: 49 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
These workshops will explore the emotional, psychological, and social issues for individuals and couples who are exploring adoption and third party reproduction as their family building options. In a small group setting, these workshops will focus on: the complicated losses of infertility, the similarities and differences between families formed by birth and families formed by adoption and by third party reproduction, and the life-long developmental issues for families formed by alternative family building options. Fees: Initial consultation – $60 and $50 per group session

New York City The Journey to Adoption: A Support Group for Individuals and Couples

Begins Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
Led by Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, 212.666.3400 or phyllow@gmail.com
Location: 49 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
This support group is for individuals and couples who are making the bold move to adopt. It will offer the opportunity for you to meet with other people on the journey in an environment that is intimate, safe, and nurturing and allows for the opportunity to discuss feelings and concerns about the adoption process and about becoming a family through adoption. Some of the areas we will touch upon are: what the process is like, what can I realistically expect in terms of time, finances and support, what are the kinds of adoptions I can choose from, the differences between an open adoption and a closed adoption, the challenges of becoming a family through adoption and many more. Join us for the first step on this Journey!
Fees: Initial consultation – $60 and $45 per person, per group session.

New York City Women over 40: General Infertility Support Group

Meets on every other Wednesday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 150 West 95th Street Suite 1A, New York, NY 10025
Led by Ellen Shapiro, LCSW, 212.580.4412, esp607@aol.com
This is a group which will focus on the special challenges of trying to get pregnant in one’s forties.  The group will discuss coping skills for dealing with the emotional roller coaster of infertility.  It will help women confront possibility of not having a genetic child and alternative ways of having a family, i.e. donor gametes or adoption. The group provides a safe space for dealing with the sometimes overwhelming feelings of going through this crisis.
Fee: Initial interview – $75 and $60 per session.  6 session commitment required.

New York City Fertility Late Term Loss Support Group

Meets on Mondays from 5:30PM to 6:45PM
Location: 200 West 57, #1310, New York, NY 10019
Led by Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM at 917.655.9776Going through a fertility journey is never easy and for those who conceive and are then faced with late term loss it can feel isolating in so many ways. Those around you may not know what to say or do or how to provide the support you need to cope. You may be experiencing thoughts and feelings you haven’t had in the past, and concerns about how to proceed. The group will focus on providing attendees with support from others experiencing the same and impart tools to help you cope. This group will meet weekly for 6 weeks, and cost $45 per session

New York City – Manhattan (Columbus Circle)
Choosing Between Adoption and Third Party Reproduction

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 330 West 58th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10019
Led by Anne Malave, PhD., 212.787.1304, Drannemalave@aol.com
In the privacy and confidentiality of a private practice office (i.e. not a clinic). With the increasing number of choices after infertility (adoption, donor egg, donor sperm, embryo adoption, surrogacy, and gestational carriers), there is additional complexity in choosing which path to parenthood is right for you. This support group is focused on helping you develop clarity about your options: learn the pros and cons; similarities and differences; separate myths from reality; decide which option is right for you; and take the next step. Fee: $60 per group session – 4 session commitment. RSVP Required.

New York City – Manhattan (Columbus Circle)
Exploring Egg Donation Support Group (Women’s Group; B: Couples’ Group)

Women’s Group: Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Couples’ Group: meets approximately once every 3 weeks, times TBA.
Location: 330 West 58th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10019
Led by Anne Malave, PhD., 212.787.1304, Drannemalave@aol.com
In the privacy and confidentiality of a private practice office (i.e. not a clinic). For those considering building their family through egg donation or those who are already in the process of pursuing egg donation.  Topics include: choosing a donor; how to talk about egg donation with the child and others; common experiences of the egg donation process; having a genetic connection with one parent and not the other; and past experiences in failed fertility treatments and their impact.
Fee: $60 (women’s) and $100 (per couple) per group session – 4 session commitment. RSVP Required.

New York City – Manhattan (Columbus Circle) Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 330 West 58th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10019
Led by Anne Malave, PhD. 212 787 1304 Drannemalave@aol.com 
In the privacy and confidentiality of a private practice office (i.e. not a clinic). Do you feel out of control?  Is your life on hold? Do you find yourself withdrawing from friends, family, and familiar places and activities?  Consider experiencing the safety of a professionally-led infertility support group where you can find understanding and support, and develop strategies for managing difficult feelings, decision-making, and reclaiming your life. You are not alone!
Fee: $60 per group session – 4 session commitment. RSVP Required.

New York City – Manhattan (Columbus Circle)
Women’s Parenting After Egg Donation Support Group

Meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: 330 West 58th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10019
Led by Anne Malave, PhD., 212.787.1304, Drannemalave@aol.com
In the privacy and confidentiality of a private practice office (i.e. not a clinic). For those women who have built their families through becoming the recipients of egg donation, in order to provide a safe, private environment in which to receive support, make connections and grow community, and discuss important and relevant topics (like “disclosure”), current research findings, and other useful information.
Fee: $60 per group session – 4 session commitment. RSVP Required.

New York City Mind/Body Stress Reduction for Women

Meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM – 8:30PM.  The series runs for 4 weeks.  If you miss a session, you can make it up the next time around.
Location: Mind Body Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy, 420 East 64th Street, Suite E1C, New York, NY 10065
Led by Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD,  212.758.0125 or helen@helenadrienne.com
Sessions include: Entering the Mind/Body Connection for Stress Reduction, Using the Mind to Trick the Brain for Enhanced Coping, Transforming Negative Thinking, and Gaining Clarity by Building Awareness. Attendees receive a notebook full of handouts for follow thru.  All are welcome after short phone interview.
Fee: $75 per session. RSVP via phone interview is required. You do not have to be a NYU Fertility patient to attend.

Park Slope/Brooklyn General Infertility Support Group

Meets once weekly from 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Location: 49 8th Avenue. Park Slope/Brooklyn 11215
Led by Karin Feldman LMHC, CCBT, 347.267.4179, Therapy@karinfeldman.com or www.karinfeldman.com
This group is comprised of women who are anywhere along the process of family building, who are struggling with infertility. Whether you are just starting fertility treatments, experiencing secondary infertility, have had pregnancy loss/s, using third party reproduction options or struggling to conceive naturally, this forum will support your journey. Weekly meetings offer members a safe and supportive space to bond with one another, explore the challenges and issues associated with infertility, exchange valuable information and develop a support network. Group “cycles” are comprised of 5 consecutive meetings, with the option to rejoin the next offered cycle.
Fee: $60 per group session – 5 session commitment. Initial consultation/interview prior to starting is required.

Westchester County Family Building via Egg/Sperm Donation

Meets on Tuesdays at 7:30PM
Led by Laura Landau, LCSW, CASAC at lauralandaulcsw@gmail.com or 917.435.0909
Location: 2039 Palmer Ave., Suite 204., Larchmont, New York, 10538
This group is for men, women and couples who have suffered infertility and/or pregnancy losses and who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings with others in a healing environment. Topics discussed include complicated and often unresolved grief, exploring the decision making process, using a known vs. unknown donor, confidentiality, to disclose or not to disclose to family, friends and the resulting child/children.
Fees: Initial consultation – $60.00; 8-week group: $280.  An initial consultation is required prior to joining the group.

Oregon

Portland Women’s General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Led by Anne M Dolan, LCSW at 617.650.3732.
This group is led by a therapist with over 20 years experience working with clients with infertility. Topics include dealing with diagnosis, treatment options, stress management techniques, maintaining intimacy, and dealing with fertility treatment. Find support and understanding and the power of connecting with other women. 4-session commitment and initial interview required prior to first meeting. Initial individual interview $30. $30 for each group session.

Pennsylvania

Bucks County General Infertility Women’s Support Group

Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00PM. Next meeting will be in January.
Location: Doylestown Hospital, Conference Room I, 595 W State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Led by Jennifer Riley, MSW LSW, 215.450.5171 or jriley.msw@gmail.com
This group is for women struggling with the difficult journey of infertility.  We welcome you to a supportive group of others who share some of your same feelings of helplessness, isolation, sadness and frustration. This group meets monthly and will provide information, coping strategies and most importantly- a safe place to unload and process your feelings. You are welcome to participate as much as you like or just come and listen; the purpose of the group is to connect with others who have similar feelings and learn new methods of coping to be able to move forward.

Media General Infertility Women’s Support Group

Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Location:  200 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Led by Susan Maroto, LCSW, 610.742.4398, susan@therapywithsusan.comwww.therapywithsusan.com
This group brings women together for emotional support and sharing in a friendly, supportive environment.  Women have the opportunity to share stories, learn coping strategies, and hear from scheduled speakers about topics ranging from relaxation techniques, acupuncture, nutrition, adoption and surrogacy.
Fee: $35/session – RSVP required for this group.

Philadelphia Infertility Coping Support Group

Meets Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:30 PM. This series runs for 10 weeks. Next group series starts January 28, 2015.
Location: Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia, 123 Chestnut Street, Suite 204, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Led by Pamela Kelberg, LCSW at www.InfertilityCoping.com or 267.259.8077
Are you feeling alone and isolated on your fertility journey? Do you feel anxious and depressed? Are you experiencing feelings of loss and sadness? Is infertility straining your marriage/relationship?  This 10 week group offers women a chance to connect with and feel supported by other women going through infertility. In addition to support, you will learn coping skills and relaxation techniques to help reduce anxiety and manage your life. Attendees receive a notebook full of handouts for follow through. Partners and husbands are invited to attend one session. Fees: Initial consultation is $50 and $40 per group session.

Pocono area General Infertility Women’s Support Group

Meets Second Saturday of each month 10:00AM to 11:30AM (Date & time can be changed with group consensus) beginning on 10-8-16
Location: 2334 Rt. 209, Sciota, PA 18354
Led by Stephanie Pearce, LCSW, 908.300.1163 info@stephaniepearcetherapy.com
This group is a safe place where women can process their feelings and receive support, without judgement during their infertility/family building journey. Group will provide women with an opportunity to connect with others, as well as learning & sharing coping skills & strategy ideas. Fee: $25 per session, RSVP required to attend group

Texas

Houston Aspire Fertility General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Location: varies
Led by Melissa Estes LPC, LMFT
Please contact Melissa at mestes@aspirefertility.com before attending your first meeting.

Houston Donor Parent Support Group

Meets on February 11 and April 8 at 5:45PM. Contact Dr. Milentijevic or visit fshivf.com for upcoming dates
Location: Fertility Specialists of Houston, 7900 Fannin, Suite 4400, Houston, TX 77054
Led by Irena Milentijevic, PsyD, 713.512.7783 or irena@permalink.comwww.drirena.com or www.fshivf.com.
This group is for all who are pregnant or already have children with the help of  donor egg or sperm.   Connect with other parents, learn about disclosure issues and ease common anxieties of bonding and parenting your child. The group is open to women, men, and couples, including LGBT. There is no fee to participate, but an RSVP is required.

Houston General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the first Monday of each month from 5:45PM – 6:45PM
Location: Fertility Specialists of Houston, 7900 Fannin, Suite 4400, Houston, TX 77054
Led by Irena Milentijevic, PsyD, 713.512.7783 or irena@permalink.comwww.drirena.com or www.fshivf.com.
Our group can help you get the support you need when dealing with infertility. Meet others who are going through similar challenges. The group is open to women, men and couples. There is no fee to participate, but an RSVP is required.

The Woodlands General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the 4th Monday of each month from 6:00-7:00PM.
Location: Stonebridge Church, 1 Stonebridge Church Drive, Room #208, The Woodlands, TX 77382
Led by Julie Parkin, MS, LMFT –  Julie@julieparkin.com or 281.221.7543. www.julieparkin.com
Please join us for a monthly support group to meet with others experiencing infertility, learn how to talk with family and friends, and gain information and support while learning how to cope with the complex journey of infertility. The group is free of charge. RSVP Required.

 

Wisconsin

Madison Infertility Support Group

Meets the first Tuesday of every month 5:30PM  to 7:30PM
Location: Fertile Ground Psychotherapy, 715 Hill Street, Ste 270, Madison, WI 53705
Led by Ruth Ellen Saul, LCSW. 608.469.8181 or info@ruthellensaul.com
Join this free drop-in support group. Open to individuals and couples. Calls are appreciated prior to your first attendance.