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Harriette Ferguson LCSW-R

Co-Owner / Clinical Director / Therapist – LCSW-R – Infertility Expert / Individual / Couples / Author / Presenter

I am a psychotherapist that has been practicing for over 25 years. As a young practitioner, I began as a generalist; seeing kids, adults, and families. But like everyone else, life has its twists and turns and right after I began my practice, my husband and I decided to start our own family. Easy, right? Turned out not to be as simple as we (or the world tells us!) envisioned. We began our roller coaster ride of fertility treatments that involved changing my schedule almost daily; seeing doctors and undergoing invasive treatments and having disappointing outcomes. Nothing really prepared me emotionally. Although I was trained in psychology and counseling, I was taken aback by the long, arduous trip.

After our daughter was born four years later, I knew where I wanted to go with my career. As a “wounded warrior”, I became a support group leader for Resolve ( a national organization that educates, advocates, and supports fertility patients) and began seeing individuals and couples that were undergoing the same hell I just got out of. I listened carefully to what my clients were saying and realized that the anxiety and depression they all experienced was a normal response to have when you go through fertility treatments. So, when a friend asked me if I wanted to write a book with her, I said yes. I hoped we could be others ‘ voices who needed guidance and coping skills to get through the crisis of infertility. We succeeded and WWNorton published our book. “Experiencing Infertility” was the number 1 best seller on Amazon’s infertility books in the early 2000s. It was later translated into Spanish!! I could not have been prouder.

Today I continue my work with individuals and couples by providing psychotherapy and psychosocial evaluations, mandated by my client’s doctors before entering treatment using a third party (donor, surrogates, gestational carriers) to create their families.

My research on post-traumatic growth in infertility has appeared in the Journal of Human Reproduction (October 2009). I was the 2009-2010 chair of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s MHPG education committee. In 2020, I co-led a research study on the effectiveness of mindfulness on women experiencing infertility. As a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and daily TM meditator, I am able to incorporate stress management skills into my practice.

Currently, I am the clinical director of Transformations Counseling group, supervising therapists that provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples searching for better ways to manage their anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and relationship issues.

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Publications

 Experiencing Infertility (WW Norton, 2000) co-author of a book for consumers and professionals on the emotional aspects of infertility  was #1 on amazon’s best sellers for infertility for @ 3 years

Cuando El Hijo Deseado No Llega- Javier Vergara Editor 2001. Spanish version of Experiencing Infertility

Articles appeared in Child Magazine, Men’s Health, Parenting, Conceive, Redbook, Newsday,

Services

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Infertility changes you. Physically, emotionally, socially, martially and financially. The experience is filled with stress. Who & how much to tell? How to cope with the fertile world? Knowing how to communicate with loved ones & health care providers? How to juggle treatment, personal life and, above all, how to bear the interminable waiting?

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This is a very difficult time for everyone. Especially those with preexisting anxiety or trauma. Even those without a history of anxiety, depression, or trauma can start experiencing the effects of the current health crisis because of all the unknowns. How long will this last? When will my life get back to normal?