INFERTILITY • WOMEN'S HEALTH • RELATIONSHIPS
As someone who has personally dealt with infertility, I am well aware of the emotional, physical and financial impact it can have on the lives of individuals and couples. When we encounter unexpected barriers to starting a family, we experience a multitude of emotions ranging from grief, shame, disappointment, sadness and anger. Managing those emotions, while also trying to make informed decisions, can often leave you feeling overwhelmed and “stuck.”
My goal is to provide understanding, comfort and hope to those in various stages of the family planning process. Infertility is an experience, a journey, but doesn't have to define who you are or stop you from enjoying your life. I work collaboratively with clients to help them be present in the moment with their emotions and develop effective coping strategies to deal with the stress of infertility. In my clinical practice, I mostly apply principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) an empirically supported treatment model designed to help individuals develop alternative ways of relating with unpleasant experiences so they can continue moving toward the life they have imagined.
Being a firm believer in the role of mind-body healing in the fertility process, I not only utilize psychological interventions with my clients to manage stress and anxiety, but also encourage the use of adjunctive treatments such as yoga, acupuncture, and meditation to help clients achieve optimal physical and emotional health.
• Emotional pain or distress
• Problems with relationships
• Difficulty managing emotions
• Problematic behavior that interferes with one’s life
• Feeling impaired in one’s ability to function most optimally
• Feeling stuck and aimless
Dr. Tonya Wood provides psychotherapy, consultation, psychological evaluations, education, and resources to help individuals and families through the infertility/reproductive process. Whether you’re at the beginning of the fertility process, recovering from miscarriage, pursuing adoption, or considering a child-free life, Tonya Wood and her associates are available to offer support and guidance. Services provided are listed below.
• Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
We all arrive on this journey of family building from many different paths, therefore I feel it is important to design uniquely tailored treatment plans that are aligned with an individual’s relational, spiritual and emotional goals and needs. In individual therapy I work with men and women to address the range of emotions that accompany family planning, as well as issues of identity, stress management and interpersonal relationships.
• Couples Counseling
The unexpected challenges of starting a family can produce financial and emotional strain on relationships. Dr. Wood works with couples to provide strategies to improve communication, decision- making and coping skills so that couples are better able to care for each other and their relationship during this stressful time.
The complex aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) can be overwhelming. Dr. Wood provides consultation to help individuals and couples of all backgrounds and cultures navigate their way through different options for building a family. Being knowledgeable of various ART procedures and familiar with many Reproductive Endocrinologists and fertility clinics in the area, Dr. Wood works collaboratively with clients and their physicians to provide gentle and compassionate care before, during and after the family building process.
• Psychological evaluation of donors and surrogates
With more than 20 years of experience with psychological testing and assessment, Dr. Wood offers comprehensive and informative evaluations of potential donors or surrogates. She conducts evidence- based assessments that assist in evaluating the emotional and psychological wellness of prospective donors or surrogates. Dr. Wood is also available to facilitate initial meetings with you and prospective donors or surrogates, and provide ongoing monitoring and support to surrogates throughout the reproductive process.
• Supportive Group Therapy
Infertility can be a lonely and isolating process. To help provide comfort and community, Dr. Wood offers group counseling so that individuals and couples can share their experiences, gain support, and develop resources and tools to find alternative ways of relating to unwanted or unpleasant events in their lives.
• Transition to Parenthood
Parenting comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Dr. Wood is available to provide therapy and counseling on dealing with the expected and unexpected trials of parenting and managing childhood behavioral problems. As a former school psychologist, she has considerable experience and knowledge of the educational system and can assist with targeting academic and behavioral concerns at school as well as providing guidance and support for IEPs and special education referrals.
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