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.

California

Banker’s Hill/Hillcrest General Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Location: 3368 Second Avenue, Suite A-1
Host: Rachel Rabinor, LCSW
Phone: 619.780.3277
Email: rachel@rachelrabinor.com

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.

Navigating the Fertility Journey – A Comprehensive Mind/Body Program & Professionally-led Support Group (currently virtual)

Location: Contact the Mental Health Professionals for Virtual Meeting Information
Host: Deborah Anderson, PhD and Wendy Obstler, C-IAYT, RYT500
Phone: 818.235.2158
Email: connect@livinglela.com

San Diego General Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Meets every other Tuesday evening for an 1 1/2 hours.
Location: 12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 215
Host: Karen Hall, PhD
Phone: 760.443.5425
Email: karenhallphd@gmail.com
Fee: 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.
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.

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.

South Bay Area Fertility Professional-led Support Group

Contact host for virtual meeting information
Los Gatos, California 95030
Date & Time: Meets every 2nd Monday of the month from 6:30PM-7:30PM
Location: Contact the host for virtual meeting information.
Host: Jamie Van Zanen, LCSW
Phone: 408.345.5572
Email: hello@familytreewellness.org

Colorado

Denver General Infertility Support Group

Date & Time: 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.

Florida

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

 

Maryland

Rockville Fertility After 40 Group

Date & Time: Meets the fourth Monday of each month at noon. (see website for exact dates)
Host: Dr. Julie Bindeman at drbindeman@gmail.com
Location: Online Virtual Meeting
For more information: greaterwashingtontherapy.com/fertility/

Rockville General Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Meets the first Monday of the month at noon
Location: Online virtual meeting
Host: Julie Bindeman
Email: drbindeman@gmail.com
Website: greaterwashingtontherapy.com/fertility/
Fee: The cost is $35 per group.
This is a support group led by a licensed psychologist. Please contact Dr. Julie Bindeman prior to the group meeting.

Rockville Multiple Miscarriage Group

Meets the third Monday of each month at noon.
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: greaterwashingtontherapy.com/fertility/

New Jersey

Thriving with Infertility Professional-led Support Group

Date & Time: Meets every other Thursday at 7:00 PM EST online
Location: Contact the host for virtual meeting information.
Host: Anna Flores Locke PhD
Email: alocke@charlandra.com
Fee: Call for details
As a psychotherapist living with infertility, I am committed to supporting others during their family building journey. I am offering a professionally-led support group for individuals and couples experiencing infertility. We will discuss the struggles of going through infertility treatment, the disappointments and joys, and what to do if conceiving is not an option for you. Other topics can include: what to do with unused eggs or embryos, how to tell family, when to disclose to your child, how to keep your intimacy strong, and forming a positive perspective to thrive with infertility. We will meet every other Thursday at 7 PM EST online. To join, email: alocke@charlandra.com

New York

New York City General IVF Professional-led Support Groups

Date & Time: Meets via video chat.
Location: I am board certified in telelental health since 2018 and all groups will be held virtually at this time.
Host: Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM, BC-TMH
Phone: 917.655.9776
Email: lorimetz@ymail.com
Website: https://www.lorimetz.net/
Fee: Call for details.
For those going through their fertility journeys. The discussion of coping with concerns, stress, routines, relationships, communication and more. The group will be led by Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM, BC-TMH and guests can be invited (such as MD, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist) to participate in response to the group discussion and interests. If you are interested, please contact Lori Metz at 917.655.9776 for further details.

New York City Male Infertility Professional-led Support Groups

Date & Time: Online video chat
Location: I am board certified in telelental health since 2018 and all groups will be held virtually at this time.
Host: Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH
Phone: 917.655.9776
Email: lorimetz@ymail.com
Website: http://www.lorimetz.net/
Fee: Call for details.
Male infertility and supporting a fertility journey typically evokes feelings not experienced before. The support of others going through the same thing helps not go it alone. The decision to begin fertility treatment has a physical, emotional and financial impact on the couple trying to conceive. It can elicit a wide array of feelings. While typically most of the emotional support is focused on the female attempting to conceive, today diagnosis and treatment for male infertility is becoming more prevalent, and many partners feel helpless and alone, believing it is their fault and they are letting their partner down or it’s not their body going through the process. Group members usually feel supported, less alone and able to gain greater understanding through coming together and sharing experiences. The 8 week group will be arranged to accommodate schedules and can be held as a video conference. The agenda includes key topics for the partners to discuss. For additional information, please contact lori at 917.655.9776.

New York City Mind/Body Stress Reduction for Women Professionally-led Group

Mind Body Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy, 420 East 64th Street, Suite E1C
New York, NY 10065
Date & Time: Meets on Tuesday from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The series runs September 10, 17, 24 and October 1.
Location: Mind Body Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy, 420 East 64th Street, Suite E1C
Host: Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD
Phone: 212.758.0125
Email: helen@helenadrienne.com
Fee: Free
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.

New York City Third Party Intended Moms Through Donor Egg, Donor Sperm & Surrogacy Babies Professional-led Support Group

Location: Online Video Chat
Host: Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH
Phone: 917.655.9776
Email: lorimetz@ymail.com
Website: https://lorimetz.net/
Fee: Call for details
The decision to begin fertility treatment has a physical, emotional & financial impact. It can elicit feelings of hope, joy, optimism while being overwhelming, confusing & isolating. There are typically feelings unique to those deciding to begin their family with a donor egg and surrogacy. A group allows one to draw on the strengths of others. Participants typically feel understood, supported, less alone having a “safe place” to share and gain a greater understanding of themselves, their needs, and the ways in which to meet them. The group will be arranged to accommodate schedules. There are key topics to discuss yet the group always take on a life of its own being tailored to the participants. The group is led by Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH, special professional guests may be invited to participate in response to the group discussion. For additional information please contact Lori at 917.655.9776.

New York City Women’s Exploring Egg Donation Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Twice monthly.
Location: Meetings are on a confidential zoom link.
Host: Anne Malave, PhD
Phone: 347.677.2927
Email: Drannemalave@gmail.com
Website: https://www.drannemalave.com
Fee: Call for details.
For women considering building your families through egg donation, women who are already in the process, and women who are already pregnant through egg donation. Topics include: choosing a donor; how to talk about egg donation with the child and others (“disclosure”); 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. Join this ongoing group to connect and create your community.

New York City Women’s General Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Twice monthly.
Location: Meetings are on a confidential zoom link.
Host: Anne Malavé, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 347.677.2927
Email: Drannemalave@gmail.com
Website: https://www.drannemalave.com
Fee: Call for details.
Does your life 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, ongoing, 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!

New York City Women’s Parenting After Egg Donation Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Once monthly.
Location: Meetings are on a confidential zoom link.
Host: Anne Malavé, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 347.677.2927
Email: Drannemalave@gmail.com
Website: https://www.drannemalave.com
Fee: Call for details.
For women who have built your families through becoming the recipients of donor eggs, 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.

New York City Parents of Donor Egg, Donor Sperm & Surrogacy Professional-led Support Group

Date & Time: Meetings are held as a video conference.
Location: I am board certified in telelental health since 2018 and all groups will be held virtually at this time.
Host: Lori Metz, LCSW, CCM
Phone: 917.655.9776
Email: lorimetz@ymail.com
Website: https://lorimetz.net/
Fee: Call for details
Coming together to explore the impact & feelings both current and future associated with this special relationship. Group is led by Lori Metz, LCSW,CCM,BC-TMH, special professional guests may be invited to participate in response to the group discussion.

North Carolina

North Carolina Primary Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Location: Contact the host for virtual meeting information.
Host: Martine Jones, Psy.D.
Email: drmartinepsyd@gmail.com
This is an online support group for those who are struggling to conceive – whether it has been a few months or a few years. It is for the person who intends to carry (or had intended to carry prior to pursuing surrogacy, a gestational carrier, adoption, or child-free living). Typical topics of discussion include: dealing with repeated disappointments, challenges with assisted reproduction and all the procedures involved, and the relationship struggles that accompany infertility. Please note that this group is for primary infertility only. Contact Dr. Martine to sign up. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Asheville Strategies to Thrive Through Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:00PM to 7:15PM
Location: Asheville, NC 28801
Host: Allison Ramsey, MS, LPC
Phone: 828.280.7935
Website: https://www.ashevilleinfertilitycounseling.com/

Pennsylvania

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 General Infertility Professionally-Led Support Group

Date & Time: Please meet before first Friday of the month from 11:30AM to 1:00PM
Location: 6565 West Loop South, Suite 600, Bellaire, TX 77401
Host: Dr. Stephanie Peterson Leachman
Phone: 713.592.8951
Email: dr.spl@bnfgm.com
This group is for those looking for support in dealing with infertility. This can be a time of extreme stress, and it is important to care for one’s emotional well-being during infertility treatment. This group will allow for a supportive environment where you can share about the impact on your life, and learn to use positive coping skills. Please call or email before attending.

Wisconsin

Madison Infertility Professionally-led Support Group

Date & Time: Meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Location: Fertile Ground Psychotherapy, 715 Hill Street, Ste 270
Host: Ruth Ellen Saul, LCSW
Phone: 608.469.8181
Email: info@ruthellensaul.com
Fee: There is no fee to participate, but an RSVP is required.
Join this free drop-in support group. Open to individuals and couples. Calls are appreciated prior to your first attendance.