SEMINARS &
GROUPS

A diagnosis of infertility naturally evokes fear, confusion, and loneliness. This is a time when accurate information is critical. AFSA is careful to create informative seminars and groups where patients can gain knowledge in a safe and supportive environment. Sometimes, just being in the same room with others experiencing the pain of infertility can build feelings of belonging and hope. As a result, attendees leave our events feeling empowered and less alone.  

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE NOT EXPECTING:
NAVIGATING INFERTILITY AS A COUPLE

An infertility diagnosis can present a life crisis for couples. Couples struggling to conceive may have never had to manage the pain, confusion, and intrusion that infertility brings. While managing infertility can be a time of conflict, disconnection, and fear for couples, there is another way. In this seminar, we provide the education, tools, and environment for couples to nurture their connection, strengthen their bond, and learn how to navigate their path towards parenthood with intention and meaning. Over the course of 1-2 hours, we:

 

  • Educate couples on the potential psychological impact of infertility and provide tools to help them take care of themselves and each other

  • Help couples explore their strengths and resources and provide education on maintaining connection with  communication skills

  • Offer strategies for how couples can create shared meaning in their struggle

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE NOT EXPECTING:
NAVIGATING INFERTILITY
AS A COUPLE
MONTHLY PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS

Navigating the physical, psychological, and social experience of infertility is often overwhelming and scary. Often, patients will find themselves spending hours online, searching for answers or hope. Though, online forums, blogs, and websites built on anecdotes can leave patients feeling more confused and alone than ever. If you're struggling to conceive, you need information from experts in the field of infertility and coping skills offered by trained clinicians. This is where we can help. In an effort to provide continued education and support to patients throughout their infertility treatment process, we have created monthly seminar focusing on different themes/facets relevant to the treatment process. These rotating topics may include, but are not limited to: 

 

  • Stress management, including education on mindfulness, movement, and relaxation techniques

  • The impact of infertility on relationships and how to seek support from loved ones

  • Getting through the holidays (Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc.)

  • Grief and how it pertains to infertility, miscarriages, and unsuccessful treatments 

  • The importance of self-care and tips on establishing a self-care routine

MONTHLY 
PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL
SEMINARS
LOVING SOMEONE WITH INFERTILITY:
A SEMINAR FOR LOVED ONES

In our individual practices and in our work in the community, we are often struck by the loneliness and isolation that infertility can create. Repeatedly, patients share with us their longing for loved ones to “show up” for them in their pain. Even with the best of intentions, friends and family can say insensitive things, give invalidating advice, or retreat as a result of not knowing how to help.

 

We developed this seminar to help patients strengthen their own support systems and to help equip their loved ones with the information they need to play a meaningful role in the process. By providing friends and family members with education about infertility and guiding them in how best to offer support, we help cultivate compassion, connection, and growth on this painful journey.

LOVING SOMEONE WITH INFERTILITY:
A SEMINAR FOR LOVED ONES
COPING WITH INFERTILITY:
THERAPY GROUP FOR WOMEN

We are honored to offer a skills-based group for women struggling with the grief, anger, and loneliness that often accompany the roller coaster of infertility. Led by Tricia Anbinder, LCSW, this group offers concrete coping skills, support and connection, and education and resources to help manage the emotional and spiritual aspects of infertility.

 

Often, women experiencing infertility avoid joining with others with similar struggles, for fear of taking on more heaviness on their already painful path. In our groups, we take great care to help members strike the right balance between sharing, connecting, and gaining skills to cope with the infertility journey. For more information, including current group dates and times, please contact Tricia Anbinder

COPING WITH
INFERTILITY:
THERAPY GROUP
FOR WOMEN