Dara works with individuals and couples experiencing infertility or seeking assisted fertility options due to sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status or underlying medical conditions. She provides support in dealing with the profound emotions of infertility and loss, including marriage and grief counselling, offers pragmatic decision-making guidance and help in developing effective coping strategies. She also specializes in counselling for Intended Parents using gamete donation or surrogacy, those embarking on co-parenting arrangements, and people requiring donor or surrogacy assessments. On a personal note, Dara is a mother through surrogacy herself, after many years of infertility treatments.
In addition to her counselling practice, Dara works closely with professional and community organizations and is a regularly invited speaker at conferences, workshops, webinars/live stream talks, and university campuses. She is involved in Canadian government consultations pertaining to assisted human reproduction, has been an invited speaker in the Federal House of Commons and Ontario Provincial legislature, and is active in industry research.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelors’ Degrees from York University and McGill University. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers, a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and a professional member of Fertility Matters, a patient support and advocacy group. She is also a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the Canadian Counselling Special Interest Group of the CFAS, as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the ASRM’s Mental Health Professional Group.
Dara works closely with clinics, agencies and affiliated professionals across Canada, as well as with patients from around the world. She is dedicated to evidence-based practice that is inclusive, empathetic, personalized and helpful.
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.
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.
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).
Having a child through fertility treatments can be a very challenging and stressful process. Infertility affects 1 in 6 individuals in Canada. You are not alone and there is help available. Consultation with a social worker may include exploring the experience of the reproductive journey, discussion about the ethical considerations surrounding disclosure to offspring and other family members/friends, feelings regarding genetic connection to donor conceived child, and the selection of possible donors or gestational carriers.
Individuals /Couples going through fertility treatments may be experiencing a variety of reactions such as:
fear about the treatments being unsuccessful
relationship issues such as communication and intimacy
withdrawal from family and friends
grief/loss and more
Counselling reports for third party reproduction are a requirement for the fertility clinics in order to be informed about the impact of the decisions you may be making during your family building. There are times when treatment outcomes are not successful and many individuals make the decisions to pause treatments. In addition, some individuals may elect to living child-free. Counselling is available to support you through your journey. Amrit assists clients with self-care strategies, understanding of triggers, development of personal boundaries, while establishing effective coping mechanisms. The counselling is provided for same-sex couples, solo parents, intended parents, open and closed identity donors, fertility preservation and gestational carriers.
Amrit brings a wealth of experience in this area and has received certificates in fertility counselling from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Feelings of isolation, stress, worry, anger, helplessness, and frustration are common responses when an individual or couple are facing infertility. At Amethyst Therapy, we are dedicated to providing compassionate support to people who are struggling to have a child or dealing with reproductive health concerns. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we understand the experiences of grief, loss, and trauma that can accompany one’s experience with infertility, as well as the impact infertility can have on relationships with family and friends. We offer a warm and welcoming therapeutic space where it’s safe to explore your worries, thoughts, and emotions, and to receive support without fear of judgment.
Kirsten Harding brings her first-hand knowledge of infertility to her practice and has a heartfelt dedication to supporting individuals and couples living with infertility. Kirsten has a personal understanding of the emotionally painful rollercoaster and all-consuming experience of what coping with infertility can be for many. Kirsten brings a genuine and supportive presence to her relationship with clients. Recognizing the broad impact or ‘ripple effect’ fertility issues can have, she is also available to provide counselling to family and friends who are wanting to support their loved ones impacted by infertility. Kirsten has completed training with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is an active member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.
Rachel Pharo has a strong clinical background of working with individuals, couples, and families of all shapes and sizes. She offers kind and empathetic support to her clients, including those trying to conceive a child and facing the difficult and emotionally exhausting process of infertility. Throughout her career, Rachel has felt honoured to support individuals and couples experiencing grief, loss, and trauma, particularly so when reproductive barriers have been the source of those emotional wounds.
Both Kirsten and Rachel are available to provide virtual therapy sessions to individuals and couples residing throughout Alberta.