Insight – Counselor’s Corner

Counselor’s Corner

Q- I can’t seem to get over this feeling of complete disappointment and betrayal that I even have a diagnosis of infertility. How can I understand and deal with these feelings? Counselor’s response- It is normal to feel this way. Let’s try to understand these feelings in the context of life plans or expectations. We have many expectations about life…. the way it is “supposed to be”. We imagine that we will grow up, fall in love and have children as part of our life’s journey. When our reality does not meet our expectations, our emotional response can be overwhelming. Deviation from our expectations can result in irrational thoughts that somehow we have failed or fallen short of who we had wanted to become. You are experiencing feelings of grief related to your diagnosis and your loss of a life expectation. Remember, there is no right way to grieve.

Many people experiencing infertility can relate to these feelings. It is vital to cope with these feelings and not ignore them. Talk, journal and seek out the support of people who can relate to this emotional crisis. Obtain additional information on the topic and begin to explore all of your options and alternatives. Most important of all, remember you are not alone.

Cristina Treadway, LMHC

Insight – Biographies

Cristina P. Treadway, LMHC

Cristina, the Founder and President of Insight, is a Florida State licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her Masters degree in counseling from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. Cristina has extensive experience in crisis intervention, having worked as a trauma counselor in a hospital emergency department.  She served as the Program Director for an adult partial hospitalization program and presents workshops on stress management, depression and coping with anxiety. She also has experience teaching college level courses in psychology and counseling.

Ms. Treadway’s Professional affiliations include:

  • American Counseling Association
  • Florida Mental Health Counselor Association
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Mental Health Counselors of Greater West Palm Beach
  • Resolve (National Infertility Organization)

Having personally endured more than seven years of infertility treatment, Cristina is deeply compassionate and fully attuned to the complete psychological ramifications of assisted reproduction and brings a unique perspective to her field.

Dr. Rebecca Burke

Dr. Rebecca Burke is a Florida State licensed psychologist. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and her Bachelors Degree in Social Welfare from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She has extensive experience in comprehensive psychological assessment, psychological testing, and individual psychotherapy. Dr. Burke has provided psychological services to diverse populations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including private practice, multidisciplinary psychiatric service programs, pain management, forensic, and geriatric facilities. Currently, she has a strong interest in issues unique to women’s life experience. Dr. Burke is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. She is an Allied Health Staff member of JFK/Columbia Medical Center.

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Insight – Benefits To Practice

Physician Video Package

A NEW TOOL TO FURTHER ENHANCE PATIENT CARE AND SUPPORT

Emotional Aspects Of IVF

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Insight Clinical Consultants, Inc. has created and produced a video called Emotional Aspects of IVF to address the psychological and social issues surrounding the concept and procedures of in vitro fertilization. This physician package includes one video (22.25 minutes) and reproducible patient support worksheets available on CD in Microsoft word format (disc available upon request.) The cost of this package is $79.99 (Florida tax, shipping and handling included) 

The primary goal of this project is to provide a tool to be used for educational purposes by physicians, and to give your patients a feeling of enhanced support from their medical treatment team. In an increasingly competitive infertility field total individualized patient care enhances an already existing assisted reproductive technology program by adding the psychological sensitivity that this diagnosis so deservingly warrants.

“ This video is both enlightening and heartwarming.”
Dr. Mark Denker MD FACOG MD 
Palm Beach Fertility Center of Boca Raton, Florida 

“ This incredibly informative and down to earth video allows patients to hear the hopes, fears and experiences of a real live couple going through the in vitro fertilization process. It’s like experiencing all the benefits of a therapeutic support group right in your own home. What a help to my patients considering such a procedure.”

Nicole G. Singer M.S. LMHC  Licensed Mental Health Counselor

North Palm Beach, Florida

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Infertilitysos.com: Insight – Physician’s Program

Advantages for Physician’s Program

  • In an increasingly competitive infertility field, individual client counseling further enhances an existing assisted reproduction technology program.
  • Counseling specifically addresses the emotional impact and related issues that result from infertility treatment.
  • Counseling adds a human component to a technical process.
  • Counseling by ICCI is cost effective compared to cost of hiring staff .
  • On-Call service helps reduce workload for staff.
  • Staff training enhances ability to cope effectively with the emotional demands of working in the assisted reproduction field.

New: Physician Video Package
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The Program (Aspects of IVF)

  • Individual, Couple and Group Counseling Sessions at critical stages of IVF cycle.
  • Counseling program for the issues of IVF.
  • Instruction in anxiety management techniques.
  • Marital and Sexual counseling for problems related to infertility treatments.
  • Psychological testing and evaluation.
  • In-service staff training.
  • 24Hr. On-Call availability for patient emergencies.
  • Multi-media presentations.

The “Aspects of the IVF Program” and the original content of the multi-media productions were specifically designed by ICC to meet the psychological needs of the IVF patient and enhance the assisted reproduction protocol established by the attending physician.