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.
Dr. Tonya Wood is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of experience working with children and families. She specializes in working with individuals and couples experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss and/or considering third party reproductive assistance.
Dr. Wood holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and has provided extensive teaching and supervision in the areas of child develpment, clinical interventions and psychological testing. In her career Dr. Wood has conducted professional trainings and made numerous public presentations on various subjects including cultural diversity, clinical supervision, psychological assessment, and personal self-care skills.
After earning an Ed.S. degree in School Psychology at the University of Georgia in 1994, Dr. Wood completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia in 2000. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Wood has served as board member on Divisions I and II of the California Psychological Association and is currently a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Antoinette Corley-Newman has extensive clinical training and experience in a variety of areas, which include, but not limited to, reproductive health, loss and grief, domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and mood and eating disorders. She is a certified grief recovery specialist and had the opportunity to study with Harvey-Benson at Harvard’s Mind and Body Medical Institute, and enjoys working with individuals, couples and leading support groups. Her theoretical approach is integrative with a cognitive-behavioral emphasis, and her doctoral dissertation addressed the cause and effect of prolonged infertility treatment and PTSD, which she will present at the annual national ASRM conference.
Antoinette enjoys working with all individuals and assisting them in their difficult times as well as improving the person’s life through innovative research. She is compassionate and has the ability to explain the psychology behind attachment, and grief and loss. She knows how to analyze the client’s history, evaluate the current situation and develop strategies to assist the client in discovering their inner core truth while gaining safe and healthy coping skills to address lives challenges. She also has a profound ability to help people adjust to the inevitable changes of life span development.
Dr. Wood's practice is centrally located in Beverly Hills, with easy access to surrounding areas of downtown Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Fernando Valley and the beach communities.