Counseling, whether it be in a group format or individualized may help with the issues surround infertility. Below we have listed practitioners who have helped previous patients talk about and learn how to deal with emotional issues related to infertility, life stressors and relationships.
Counselors in the Syracuse Area:
Janis L. Scaturo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. Janis received her MSW degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. She has over 30 years of clinical experience. In her practice, Janis specializes in the counseling of individuals, couples, and families coping with various forms of childbearing loss. These include losses due to infertility, miscarriage, and stillbirth. Treatment modalities include progressive relaxation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy to help her clients in reducing the stress of infertility and assisted reproduction. Janis Scaturo is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the New York State Society of Clinical Social Work, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work since 1993.
Nicole Christina is in private practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders and eating-related issues. She is a graduate of Smith College School of Social Work. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Ms. Christina was involved in mental health research at Yale University, where she was awarded the A. Bartlett Giamatti prize for excellence. Ms. Christina uses a multi-disciplinary approach in her work, collaborating with the client’s physician and dietician, when indicated. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders. She has given numerous presentations on the subject.
Bridgette has been in private practice for 15 years working with individuals, couples and families. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, meeting the requirements to qualify as a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She works extensively with depression, anxiety and grief related to various types of physical pain and chronic illness. A client’s healing is assisted through a strength oriented and collaborative style.
Penny Lupo, MS
Certificate in Play Therapy
Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC
90 Melrose Road
Auburn, NY 13021
Penny Lupo is working towards NYS Licensure in Mental Health Counseling and Play Therapy Certification. She has completed a Master’s Degree from SUNY Oswego, and is currently seeing clients in the Oswego office of Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC. She is also working in Integrative Counseling’s new Auburn office.
Penny has an interest in counseling people that are going through the fertility process in any stage. She has an informed perspective as she and her husband went through fertility treatments and miscarriages themselves. They redefined what they truly wanted, how they defined success in the fertility process and adopted a child internationally.
Penny is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Play Therapy Association.
Counselors in the Albany Area:
Emily has been working with individuals and groups in transition for over 11 years. Emily received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she learned the art of fusing western psychology with eastern spiritual practices and belief systems. Emily is passionate about supporting people at various points along the “parenting spectrum.” This includes helping expecting, new or experienced parents develop mindfulness and attunement in their relationships. It also includes supporting people who are struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss along their journey to parenthood. Emily works from a holistic perspective, integrating mind-body practices into the session to help support your growth and overall well-being. Emily has specialized training in pre-and-perinatal mental health, and is trained in Levels I and II of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)—which is an experiential technique for working with traumatic or unresolved life experiences. In addition to offering counseling, Emily also teach SoulSweat™, which is a high-energy dance-fitness class intended to awaken the creative spirit support people in their efforts to feel more healthy, fit, and empowered in their bodies.