The journey with infertility is difficult. It is emotionally, physically, and financially taxing. It can be wrought with enduring, uncomfortable medical treatments and heartbreak of pregnancy loss and cycle failures. Panic, confusion, desperation, grieving, anxiety and depression are natural reactions to problems of reproductive health. Dr. Joseph is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and specializes in treating the unique issues that emerge for people facing infertility. Dr. Joseph has dealt with infertility on both a personal and professional level.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (Stress and Infertility fact sheet, 2008), stress probably does not cause infertility; however, women who are being treated for infertility may have levels of distress equivalent to those who have cancer or heart disease. This suggests a causal relationship of infertility leading to intense stress. Not only does stress interfere with making decisions and functioning in your daily life and responsibilities, it makes many of the body’s organs work harder than normal and causes increases in the production of bodily chemicals including hormones.
The distress associated with infertility affects not only the individual, but the couple pursuing the goal of building a family. Often, it is the most difficult issue that the couple has faced together. The losses and reality of facing infertility often create feelings of disbelief, anger, sadness, guilt, grief, blame, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Joseph assists individuals and couples to navigate their family-building paths by providing support, exploring expectations, treatment choices, and coping with the losses and grief that are often inherent in infertility and pregnancy loss. Furthermore, Dr. Joseph provides the psychological support that is valuable to manage the effects that infertility and pregnancy loss have on your life and helps you lower levels of emotional distress that may be negatively affecting your health and your relationships. Dr. Joseph assists individuals and couples confronted with infertility and pregnancy loss in managing feelings, adding to their repertoire of coping skills, and finding the personal growth that can emerge from these challenges.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Evaluation
Offices Located in Parkland /
Coral Springs / Weston
Dr. Joseph has extensive training and experience in working with people experiencing the following infertility and reproductive health issues:
Coping with the stress of infertility
Support during artificial reproductive technology procedures, including in vitro fertilization and third party reproduction
Psychological Assessment of individuals involved in third party reproduction
Decision making and support with family building options, such as adoption, donor eggs, sperm, or gestational surrogacy
Effects of endometriosis
Effects of Premature Ovarian Failure
Anxiety and depression related to pregnancy and birth
Support and decision making regarding problem pregnancies