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“Let choice whisper in your ear & love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life”.
– Maya Angelou

Obtain the support you need to create the family you want

Reproductive Journey California is devoted to helping individuals and couples successfully navigate infertility and assisted reproduction to build the families of their dreams

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The Family Building Journey The family building journey can be confusing and overwhelming.

This is especially true if you’ve discovered that becoming pregnant has not been as easy as you had anticipated it would be. Infertility is a medical condition that touches all aspects of your life. It can often affect your relationships with others, your perspective on life, and even how you feel about yourself.

The process of building your family can be exciting, confusing, yet hopeful, all at the same time. Individuals and couples navigating their family building journey often experience many confusing and often conflicting emotions.

I work with individuals and couples experiencing fertility issues, the LGBTQ+ community, and single parents by choice, all of whom are on their family building journeys.

Individuals have reported feelings of a loss of control and confidence in their own bodies, and a pervasive sense of failure. Over time, these can negatively influence one’s self-esteem and erode one’s self-confidence. Anxiety, sadness, depression, longing, relationship issues, grief and loss, and unresolved childhood issues can arise.

Infertility and the myriad of treatment options can cause prospective parents to feel overwhelmed and become so preoccupied, that it may be difficult for them to think or talk about anything other than their fertility issues, making it difficult to live their normal lives.

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The support you need along the way

Whether your journey involves reproductive technology, surrogacy or adoption to achieve your ultimate dreams of becoming parents, you don’t need to go through the process alone.

I can help you to:

  • Better manage the emotional aspects of infertility, including anxiety, sadness, distress, and feelings of isolation
  • Restore emotional regulation, control, and an improved sense of well being
  • Navigate medical tests, procedures, or support you as you pursue third-party reproduction
  • Explore all of the viable options of becoming parents to enable you to decide which is best for you
  • Identify and implement effective coping mechanisms and solutions
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Approaches and Solutions

If you’ve never been to therapy before, you may wonder what to expect. Effective therapy will enable you to receive support, explore your options, gain clarity, and help you develop resilience to navigate your path forward.

Your therapy will be wholly focused on you, your needs, and your agenda. I’ll take the time to truly get to know you, and together, we’ll build a relationship that’s based on integrity, mutual respect, and, of course, complete confidentiality. You can be assured of a safe, non-judgmental space in which to think, share, explore new ideas, identify actionable strategies, and practice fresh approaches. You’ll benefit from psychoeducation, skill-building, and guidance, and will be empowered to achieve the profound results you are seeking.

Prepare to become fully engaged, develop more knowledge, self-awareness, profound wisdom, and take action, leading to transformative shifts in your mindset and behavior.

You will reclaim your inner focus, energy, and, most of all, your joy.

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Psychotherapy is most effective when a trusting, respectful and caring relationship has developed between clients and their psychotherapist.

Genuine empathy, alliance, attunement, and a client’s experience of being seen, heard, respected and understood by their therapist are instrumental for psychotherapy to be successful. 

I’ll create a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, share your concerns, identify solutions and healthier ways of being, resolve challenges and conflicts, while building resilience.

"The roots of resilience are to be found in the sense of being understood by and existing in the mind and heart of a loving, attuned, and self-possessed other."

Diana Fosha

Meet Robyn

If you find yourself bewildered by your family building journey, feeling despair, yet having so many reasons to be hopeful, all at the same time, I get it. The best way to overcome your concerns is to talk it out with the right therapist who understands and can provide meaningful support.

In my work with couples and individuals experiencing infertility, including IUI, IVF, Egg Freezing, and with those who choose Egg Donation, Surrogacy, and Adoption, one thing is certain. These are life-altering decisions, and informed support is essential, for you to create your family, on your terms.

It was my own experience with infertility, two high risk pregnancies, and difficult births that inspired me to work with couples and individuals facing similar life events. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, healing through the telling and retelling of our stories, and the catharsis that comes from sharing our anguish and pain with someone who has been on a similar journey. Transformation, through growth and healing, is possible.

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I’ve pursued additional, specialized training as a trauma informed clinician. Having worked extensively as a Gender Therapist, I’m affirming, sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community. In my career as a Registered Nurse, I gained proficiency in maternal child and behavioral healthcare.

Using my advanced training as a trauma informed clinician, I believe that it's essential to understand my clients’ life experiences, to provide effective, holistic care, enabling my clients to derive the best possible therapeutic outcomes.

My clinical background and experience allow me to consult and collaborate effectively with your physicians, and other healthcare providers I can demystify and explain confusing lab tests/results, fertility treatment protocols, and often frightening procedures. This will help you feel more informed, in control of your care, and better able to advocate for yourself.

Clients are often referred to me by current and former clients, OB-GYNS, fertility physicians, adoption attorneys, clergy and others to provide psychotherapy and support to individuals and couples on their family building journeys.

In session, I use a Person-Centered approach to your therapy (also called Client-Centered). In this approach, the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is of utmost importance. The emphasis of therapy is on the “here and now’ rather than other forms of psychotherapy that delve into childhood problems and focus on resolving family of origin issues. Person-Centered therapy is client determined, rather than therapist determined. Your needs, wants, goals and preferences will direct the course of your therapy.

You’ll find me to be warm, genuine, understanding, and a compassionate listener. I create an environment where my clients can open up to difficult feelings, accept them, and release them. It is the objective of Person- Centered therapy that clients eventually achieve healing, personal growth and self-actualization.Once achieved, you’ll gain a greater acceptance of who you are at your core and enhance your ability to nurture deep and loving relationships with yourself and others.

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Individual and Couples Therapy

I provide individual and couples therapy to address the following concerns:

Therapeutic Focus

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Managing the emotional aspects of infertility,

  • Managing the emotional aspects of high-risk pregnancies

  • Effective coping with the pressures of infertility/family building journey while maintaining the couple’s relationship

  • Pregnancy Support

  • Pregnancy Loss

  • Post-partum Anxiety

  • Post-partum Depression

  • Understanding different parenting styles and negotiating role expectations within a couple’s relationship

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Exploration of Assisted Reproduction Services

  • Intrauterine insemination -IUI treatments

  • In Vitro Fertilization - IVF treatments

  • Donor egg or sperm

  • Surrogacy or Gestational Carrier

  • Single parenthood by choice

  • Adoption

  • Consideration of the issues involved in gestational family building and parenting

  • Help navigating relationships/dynamics regarding non-traditional family building with family, friends, and colleagues

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My practice

Reproductive Journey California is an entirely virtual practice treating individuals and couples throughout California.

Telehealth treatment offers you highly individualized quality care, complete privacy, confidentiality, as well as the ability to connect from any electronic device.

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Availability:

Sessions are available during the week, with limited evening and Saturday appointments.

You can schedule your appointments quickly and easily through the website.

Professional fees:

A fifty (50) minute psychotherapy session for either an individual or couple is $175.00

Payment:

Major credit cards are accepted:
American Express
Mastercard
Visa
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

Insurance:

The practice does not currently accept insurance; however, I will provide super bills on a monthly basis for you to distribute to your insurance carrier.

Please note that couples therapy is typically not reimbursed under most insurance plans.

Cancellations:

Please note that sessions must be cancelled or rescheduled at least twenty- four hours in advance. If less than twenty-four hours’ notice is provided, the full session fee will be charged.

My practice

How to obtain the support you need to create the family you want

Reproductive Journey CA is an entirely virtual practice treating individuals and couples throughout California.

Telehealth treatment offers you highly individualized quality care, complete privacy, confidentiality, as well as the ability to connect from any electronic device.

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Availability:

Sessions are available during the week, with limited evening and Saturday appointments.
Scheduling can be done at your convenience, quickly and easily through the website.

Professional fees:

A fifty (50) minute psychotherapy session for either an individual or couple is $175.00

Payment:

Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) cards,
Health Savings Accounts (HSA)cards are accepted.

Prior to your first appointment, a credit card will be required to reserve your session.

Insurance:

The practice does not currently accept insurance; however, I will provide super bills on a monthly basis for you to distribute to your insurance carrier.

Please note that couples therapy is typically not reimbursed under most insurance plans.

Cancellations:

Please note that sessions must be cancelled or rescheduled at least twenty- four hours in advance. If less than twenty-four hours’ notice is provided, the full session fee will be charged.