With over a decade of experience supporting individuals and couples throughout their fertility journey, Flourish Counseling & Wellness is here to support you in your journey to growing your family.
Emily Heilman, MA, LCSW, PMH-C provides psychological assessments and consultation services to intended parents building their families through In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, or gestational surrogacy. Emily works closely with your fertility clinic, which typically requires you and your partner to meet with a mental health provider who is trained to conduct evaluation prior to proceeding with treatment. If you are working with a known donor (e.g. friend, family member), a joint meeting is required as part of the assessment to ensure potential issues are discussed openly prior to moving forward. Once the clinical interview is complete, a written report will be sent to your fertility clinic provider.
Psychological evaluations are an important part of the process in determining the intended parent’s readiness to participate in a third party collaboration. Consultations are helpful for intended parents to explore and understand the psychological issues involved in third party reproduction.