My psychotherapy practice supports women and their partners before, during, and after the birth of a baby. I also offer support for couples dealing with fertility issues, as well bereavement support in the event of a perinatal loss whether due to abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, pregnancy interruption and neonatal death (up to 12 months of age).
I am a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA), The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health (Marcé of North America – MONA), and Postpartum Support International (PSI).
Bronte Wellness Boutique is a multidisciplinary clinic offering a range of individualized treatments to help our patients with fertility. Through a holistic approach each individual case is reviewed carefully and patients are provided with an integrated program that addresses nutrition, supplements, lifestyle suggestions and acupuncture treatment. Fertility acupuncture protocols are research-driven and have been proven to increase conception success rates. In fact, when used properly in IVF cycles, they can increase conception by 40-60%. Acupuncture can also improve follicle health, enhance implantation and restore hormonal and emotional balance. You can use it to support your body through natural cycles, IVF or IUI. The goal is to increase your overall health and nutritional status to optimize the body for conception.
In addition through our psychotherapy services, we offer emotional support to help cope with the stress of treatment, anxiety related to fertility and the strain on our emotional health. Our therapist is equipped to help you to manage the stress and develop strategies to cope with the feelings that may arise during this time. You may benefit before, during, and after you undergo medical procedures. You will have a safe space to discuss your feelings and all the possible options. This supportive dialogue can help support you make informed and satisfying decisions.
Mary is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who can assist you with the emotional impact’s infertility has on your life and self-worth. Together you will be able to explore your worries, concerns and anxieties in a confidential, non-judgmental space. Infertility can be an overwhelming, all-consuming, lonely path for people to travel, Mary gets that. She uses a client centered approach where you will always be heard, validated & supported. Sessions are individualized based on clients wants and needs.
Mary is trained as a Spiritual Psychotherapist and uses a holistic approach to assist clients, combining talk therapy with teaching relaxation techniques and exploring the mind/body connection through guided imagery, visualization and focusing.
Mary is a Mum to her daughter through fertility treatment (IUI/fertility drugs) after 3 years of trying, a bereaved Mum (2nd trimester loss of her son due to incompetent cervix) and a Mum through international adoption (her husband, daughter and herself travelled half a world away to meet and adopt their youngest son when he was 1).
Having lived it herself Mary knows and remembers well the pain infertility and pregnancy loss brings. She considers it an honor to work with others on their infertility journey.
Psychotherapy sessions are available for individuals in person, or by video.
Jodi Munroe has had the privilege of being a social worker for over 17 years working in various areas of practice. She provides counselling for fertility related issues: stress, coping, anxiety, depression, grief, and anger. Jodi strives to provide support, skills and the tools to assist clients navigate this unique, uncertain and often challenging journey holistically. She utilizes a client centred, collaborative approach.
Counselling support is provided during and after fertility treatments for individuals and couples. Assessments completed for third party reproduction: egg donors, sperm donors and surrogates. Therapy provided for traumatic loss through miscarriage and unsuccessful IVF attempts as well. Through personal experience with fertility issues Jodi has become passionate and committed to fertility counselling.
Jodi’s extensive history as a mental health professional in concert with her personal fertility journey has inspired the creation of Ray of Hope Counselling Services.
Amira Posner is a Social Worker with a counselling practice geared to helping women, men and couples struggling with infertility. She provides support in dealing with emotional stress associated with infertility. Amira also facilitates the Mind-Body Fertility Group at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON.
Amira has her Masters in Social Work and is professionally trained as a hypnotherapist. It was Amira’s own personal experience with secondary infertility that was the catalyst behind Healing Infertility. Happily, her fertility journey ended joyfully with the birth of her twins conceived through IVF. The result of this experience encouraged Amira to dedicate herself to helping others learn how to reduce mind-body stress and cultivate new ways of relating to their fertility experience.
I take a proactive approach to helping each of my clients achieve their goals. My style of therapy is not just about listening to what my clients have to say, but on working with them to expand awareness and understanding and to find practical solutions. Individuals dealing with infertility often feel isolated and misunderstood and there is a dearth of resources available to them. My primary objectives are to: make them feel supported; normalize their experience; help with decision-making, and provide them with hope and empathy as the make their way through a difficult life journey.
Dara Roth Edney, MSW, RSW founder of Informed Fertility and mother through surrogacy, works with individuals and couples experiencing primary or secondary infertility, or seeking assisted fertility options due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or relationship status. She provides support in dealing with the profound emotions of infertility and loss, offers pragmatic decision-making guidance and helps in developing effective coping strategies. Dara specializes in conducting assessments for egg/sperm donors, surrogates and embryo donors, as well as counselling for Intended Parents working with donors/surrogates. Based in Toronto, Dara counsels people from around the world and is dedicated to a practice that is inclusive, empathetic, personalized and helpful.