Infertility Counseling Portland Oregon - Paula Acker

Paula Acker, L.C.S.W.

Published Articles

Infertility Stress

Patients often ask if they are contributing to their own infertility by the stress they are experiencing. They worry that their stressful lifestyle, job, or working schedules may be detrimental to their success at achieving pregnancy. Read more

Self-Nurturance

Self-nurturance is quite simple. It means seeking out pleasurable activities that are self-satisfying. Yet women in our society feel quite guilty when they take time out of their schedule for personal development or satisfying activities. Why is this? Read more

A Letter to Sisters of Women with Infertility

Infertility is a struggle for all women and sisters can make a big difference in how someone copes with this tremendously difficult process. Whether you are an older sister with children, a younger sister with children, or a sister without your own children you can help to give a buffer to your sisters infertility experience and pain. Read more

THE ROLE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DURING INFERTILITY

Infertility brings with it complex medical and psychological issues that for many people are overwhelming. As a professional counselor for 20 years in reproductive medicine I have found it very rewarding to help individuals and couples navigate through the multiple decisions and stressors associated with infertility.
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FIFTEEN WAYS TO E SENSITIVE TO THOSE WITH INFERTILITY

1) Listen without giving advice
2) Support them in whatever decisions they make including child free option
3) Don’t ask them to give you details of their medical treatment
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COUNSELING SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WAITING TO ADOPT

1) Psychological support in a confidential setting with an experienced therapist who is also an adoptive parent.
2) Relief from overwhelming sadness, tearfulness, and/or depression
3) Stress management skills during the difficult waiting to be selected process.
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Infertility Counseling Services | Portland Oregon
2805 N.W. Westover Road Portland, Oregon 97210 : (503) 940-5777 : Counselors Portland Oregon