Lori provides counselling to address the stressors associated with fertility issues and treatment. She uses a practical approach grounded in creating awareness of how our patterns, family and societal expectations can compound situations that are challenging enough on their own. Working with her clients, she helps them find a sense of balance, cope with difficult news and in engage in problem solving. Implications Counselling associated with the use of donor sperm, egg, embryo and gestational carriers is a significant part of her practice. Lori also helps couples address relationship challenges that can arise throughout the treatment path. In addition she has 25 years of experience working with people to help them cope with Anxiety and Depression.
Lori has been working with individuals and couples dealing with fertility issues for the past decade. In 2006, she was part of an Expert Panel gathered to advise the Federal Department of Health regarding the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Since then she has been an active member of the Executive of the Canadian Counsellors Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She also sits on the Ethics Committee of the Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Technology clinic in Halifax Nova Scotia. She helped create a resource document to assist clients in starting conversations about the use of third parties to create families. In addition, she is currently working with a committee to develop an educational document to promote LGBTQ inclusive practices in Canadian Infertility Clinics.
Tara Sheppard provides individual therapy, couple and marriage therapy, family therapy and group therapy and counselling services to people who are struggling with complex personal and relationship problems, communication breakdowns, and difficulties with closeness. Tara can assist you to heal from past conflicts so that you and your loved ones can enjoy life in the present, and feel hope for the future.
Tara uses a range of psycho-therapeutic interventions based on each client’s unique needs. She is skilled at providing traditional talk therapy, Art Therapy, Sandtray, Play Therapy, Narrative and storytelling models, IFS, Systemic, Structural, EFT, SRT, Focusing, and Sensorimotor therapeutic interventions.
The Novo Counselling studio provides a continuum of support to individuals and couples impacted by infertility. This includes a range of specialized services targeting reproductive mental health and wellness, from preconception to family building.
Janet Takefman, PH.D is a clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology, and McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and is Director of Psychological Research and Services at the MUHC Reproductive Centre. She is a clinician, researcher and educator. She has co-authored more than 50 chapters and research articles on infertility and is the co-creator of FertiQoL, the gold standard instrument measuring quality of life during infertility. She volunteers her expertise to several professional organization including being past Chair of the Mental Health Group of ASRM, and the Counselling Group of CFAS. She is the Vice-President of IAAC. At her private office, Dr. Takefman sees couples and individuals for therapy, assessments for gamete donation and surrogacy, consultations and supervision. Her areas of expertise include sexual disorders, relationship disharmony, mood and anxiety disorders, fertility-and health-related psychosocial issues, donor-conceived and adoption struggles, crisis intervention, stress management and improved personal growth.
Dr. Takefman is the CFAS 2016 Care and Life Award recipient, which recognizes distinguished achievement in patient-care.
Amira Posner, BSW, MSW, RSW founder of Healing Infertility Counselling and Support works with women, men and couples who are struggling with infertility. Amira provides support in dealing with the emotional pain associated with infertility. Her mind/body approach to infertility has helped many women gain perspective and strength on their journey towards having a family. Amira facilitates mind/body infertility support groups providing women with specific tools they can utilize in order to optimize their infertility treatment. Based in central Toronto, Amira also provides counseling over the phone or on Skype.
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.
Dr. Shatford has been working with infertility patients since 1985, starting with her position as team psychologist in one of Canada’s first IVF programs at the University Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario. Infertility counselling has remained a central focus of Dr. Shatford’s practice since that time. Areas of therapeutic intervention may include, but are not limited to: counselling around the stress caused by infertility, adjustment to the diagnosis, decision making around treatment, coping with treatment, coping with loss and disappointment, couples counselling vis-a-vis the impact of infertility on the relationship, considering third party reproduction options, stopping treatment and moving on to adoption, discussing donor conception with the children. Dr Shatford also provides the consultations required for donor sperm and donor egg treatment, for both donors and recipients, either known or anonymous.
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.