Infertility on Both Sides of the Couch

Infertility on Both Sides of the Couch

by Wendy Iglehart

A psychotherapist treats a client struggling with infertility while facing it herself.

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Family Planning

"When are we going to start a family?" asked my husband.

I felt a boa constrictor wrapping around my throat. For months now, the topic of children had evoked tension, leaving us powerless and detached from each other. The argument had become a tradition on Saturday mornings. We would sit in the living room in an awkward silence, avoiding eye contact, until my husband pierced the hush with what he deemed a simple question about our future.
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Wendy IglehartWendy Iglehart, LCPC, is a psychotherapist, collaborative divorce coach, and writer with a private practice based in Baltimore, Maryland. She works with families in challenging transitions. For her work as a divorce coach, she was featured in The Washington Post, Baltimore Child Magazine, and as an expert guest on the radio for "The Audrey Chapman Show."
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  • Familiarize yourself with the range of infertility treatments available.
  • Identify possible problems and biases that might affect your work with clients struggling with infertility.
  • Describe the use of countertransference as a way to deepen the therapeutic relationship.
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