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Reproductive Trauma, Infertility, & Loss

Therapy for When Family Building Doesn't Go as Planned

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Kristy Koser, PhD, LPCC
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2024
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Many of our clients cope with profound experiences of loss and trauma as they try to conceive and grow their families while also facing obstacles such as problems with fertility. For these reasons, reproductive mental health is a fast-growing specialty. Understanding the complexity of family building options is a crucial aspect to helping clients navigate the emotional toll, decision fatigue, and communication impasses these decisions can create. In this workshop, we’ll explore the profound emotional, psychological, and existential impact of these reproductive experiences on clients’ sense of purpose, meaning, identity, and self-worth, as well as how to sensitively navigate these challenges in therapy. You’ll learn: 

  • How to work with clients navigating fertility treatments, even if you’re not a specialist in fertility counselling 
  • The most common traumatic, loss, and grief issues specific to those going through fertility issues and treatment 
  • Unique ways of addressing the complex feelings and dilemmas that arise especially during the use of assisted reproductive technologies 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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Kristy Koser, PhD, LPCC, is an author, speaker, and educator on the topic of reproductive mental health, trauma, and loss. She has been invited to speak, collaborate and contribute to the growing field of reproductive psychology many times over the last decade. Dr. Koser is a certified emotionally focused couples therapist and supervisor and has written extensively in peer reviewed journal articles and other outlets about infertility and the impact on the couple relationship. She has presented on EFT at numerous professional conferences around the world and has been an avid consultant to other therapists wanting to know more about incorporating EFT into their practice. Dr. Koser has created several self-help courses for fertility patients and teaches a 10-month postgraduate fertility counseling course that is a fundamental first step for any mental health professional considering working with this population. In addition, Dr. Koser has contributed countless blog posts, guest lectures, and more recently several book chapters in foundational fertility counseling texts with Cambridge Press. She is an active member of ASRM and her specialty areas include working with couples during and after fertility treatment and the transition into parenthood. Dr. Koser maintains a private practice serving clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Kristy Koser is the co-owner of Aporia Counseling & Psychotherapy, PLLC and has an employment relationship with VA Department of Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kristy Koser is a member of the Ohio Counselor Association and the American Society for Reproductive Health.

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  1. Identify the psychological impact of infertility for individuals and couples. 
  2. Articulate key questions to effectively assess a client’s reproductive journey and narrative. 
  3. Discuss the implications regarding reproductive loss and trauma and it relates to both the individual and couple. 


The context of fertility counselling 

  • The psychological impact of pregnancy loss and infertility for individuals and couples 
  • Common couples' issues during infertility and processing loss 
  • Assisted reproductive technology decisions clients face 


Working with clients 

  • Essential questions to understand clients’ reproductive journey and narrative 
  • Listening for relational dynamics and communication styles  
  • Attachment and the experience of infertility 
  • Using EFT to address complexities involving pregnancy loss and infertility 


Clinical considerations 

  • Understanding reproductive loss and grief management 
  • Decision-making around course of psychotherapy treatment 
  • Countertransference and family building 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers



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