The advantages of consulting a counselor about ART

Family Therapist Kim Bergman, PhD, explains the advantages of consulting a counselor when considering using assisted reproductive technologies
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The advantages of consulting a counselor about ART

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When you're deciding to become a parent through assisted reproduction, it's really helpful to consult with a mental health counselor who is an expert in the field. There are so many layers emotionally to this process, choosing the donor, choosing whether you are going to use a donor, whether the psychological issues are between you and your partner, if you are using his sperm, but an egg donor; or your egg and a sperm donor. If there are two men or two women; who is going to go first. All of those psychological issues. It's really important to talk to somebody that can help you sort through the process, once you begin it, with clarity and are really ready to take it on.

Family Therapist Kim Bergman, PhD, explains the advantages of consulting a counselor when considering using assisted reproductive technologies

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Kim Bergman, PhD

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Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published "Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood" (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters. 

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