Our in-house Psychological Counseling team offers support services focused on both the mind and the body. We integrate the mind body connection into your medical treatment for a comprehensive approach to treating all aspects of infertility. Mind body medicine focuses on the interactions of the mind, body and behavior. The ways in which emotional, mental, behavioral, and spiritual factors interact may directly affect health and bodily functioning, thus your body’s ability to conceive!
Many patients see our counselors to discuss relaxation techniques, emotions such as anger, sadness, isolation or fear, grieving or loss issues. Couples do not always cope similarly, so a patient may want to discuss relational concerns either alone or with a partner.
Free Infertility Support Groups
PATIENT WORKSHOPS/SUPPORT GROUPS
CCRM Colorado offers many different support groups for you to discuss your situation with others who “get it.” Please refer to the CCRM Colorado Event Calendar for our full list of patient workshop and support groups.
Yoga For Fertility
Yoga is increasingly recommended for people trying to conceive, both because it helps relieve stress that can accompany fertility challenges and because the many therapeutic benefits may enhance fertility.
Benefits of Yoga for Fertility
- Increased blood flow to reproductive organs
- Decreased tension in hips and pelvis
- Reduced stress – which in turn can help decrease cortisol levels
- Better endocrine function and hormonal balance
- Overall toning and muscle strengthening
- Reduce discomfort associated with IVF cycles
- Greater peace and ability to relax
Yoga is a great way to live more comfortably in your body when you are trying to get pregnant!
“Well, we got the results back and it’s a big YES! We are pregnant. I really feel like I have you to thank for this – you helped me relax SO much and I have truly loved the yoga I have done (and will continue to do) with you! All I have to say is I can’t believe it … I am really in shock right now. Big hug to you.”
— Gina, Yoga for Fertility student/CCRM patient
Recent studies have demonstrated that the ancient Chinese process of acupuncture may assist with infertility. In order to give our patient the greatest chance of becoming pregnant,
CCRM offers the services of licensed acupuncturists at our Lone Tree office seven days a week in conjunction with embryo transfers during IVF.
In acupuncture, very fine sterilized needles are inserted into specific points on the body that have been empirically proven effective in treating certain disorders. New studies have shown that acupuncture administered immediately prior to, and immediately after embryo transfer during in vitro fertilization, may improve a woman’s chance of pregnancy by relaxing the patient and improving blood flow to the uterus.
Judith Becerra is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Manager of the Counseling Department and Director of the Gestational Carrier Program at CCRM. She has over 30 years’ experience in the counseling field specializing in infertility, grief and loss, trauma, mood disorders and adoption. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Kansas and her master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling at Pittsburg State University. Judy has published numerous articles on mental health issues, has been a national speaker on grief and loss as well as featured on television, documentaries and radio. Judy utilizes a holistic approach in counseling, believing in the connection of mind/body/spirit. Judy is a member of the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and a professional member of RESOLVE.
Cathy Corbett is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working with and counseling intended patients, gestational carriers and egg donors for over 15 years. She is a support services counselor and is the Lead Program Coordinator for the Gestational Carrier Program at CCRM. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and her master’s degree at the University of Colorado at Denver. Cathy is a professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is an experienced support group leader. Prior to her work in the field of infertility, Cathy spent 11 years working with adolescents in residential treatment. Her work included counseling youths and their families, and developing treatment programs using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to reach the goal of family unification
Kim Kluger-Bell is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been specializing in pregnancy loss, infertility, and post abortion issues for the past 26 years. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from JFK University and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, where she was in private practice for 19 years prior to relocating to Colorado. Kim is an experienced support group leader and conference speaker through RESOLVE, and she is the former Education Committee Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. She is also the author of the book “Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Infertility, and other Pregnancy Loss.”
Jen Noonan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her undergraduate degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver. Jen specializes in pregnancy loss, infertility, depression and anxiety, and chronic stress management. She is the author of the infertility memoir “In Due Time: A Journey Through Infertility, Loss, and Embracing the Unknown.”‘ Jen has been featured in newspapers and magazines, and is the author of numerous infertility blog posts. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).