Since its inception, Shady Grove Fertility has been at the forefront of integrating psychological support services into its fertility program. Clinical excellence and advanced technology are vital to fertility treatment, but providing an established support network is just as important for our patients. In order to support our patients, SGF’s Psychological Support Services staff is located in-house and provides many services to patients, including private counseling appointments, access to support groups, and the most current literature in the field.
Leading the International Fertility Counseling Community
The mental health professionals at SGF have received extensive training and knowledge about all aspects of fertility counseling. The team is led by Sharon Covington, MSW, LCSW-C, Director of Psychological Support Services, who has more than 40 years of experience as an adult psychotherapist and is a leading expert on the psychological aspects of reproductive health. Covington and her staff are pioneers in the field of fertility counseling, and have sought to use this expertise to train others in the field.
As part of this training and global outreach to fertility counselors, Covington has released her second collaborative book, Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies. This book presents the latest in-depth, case-based counseling approaches to help support patients who are seeking fertility treatment. It also brings counseling into the present, addressing the participating counselors’ insights into third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, becoming parents later in life, and LGBT and single family building.
“With this book, I was compelled to build upon the foundation of my earlier publications and go beyond the scope of the current body of work in fertility counseling, by examining issues that have not been fully explored in the literature. I am confident that fertility counselors worldwide can provide the most evolved care for their patients,” said Covington.
SGF is proud to partner with this world-renowned team that continues to lead the fertility counseling field, developing the best counseling techniques to help patients on their journey. Free support groups provided by the Psychological Support Services team meet throughout the Mid-Atlantic region regularly, covering infertility, donor recipient support, singles support, and more.
To learn more about available support services or to schedule an appointment, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.