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Psychological Support Team

Under the esteemed leadership of Sharon Covington, MSW, LCSW-C, an internationally known licensed clinical social worker, author, and "Top Therapist" as recognized by the Washingtonian, with more than 40 years of experience counseling individuals and families experiencing a fertility crisis, our mental health professional team is at the forefront of the field. Each therapist has extensive training and knowledge about all aspects of infertility counseling with individual, couple, and group therapies available for Shady Grove Fertility patients and non-patients alike.

Meet the Team

Sharon Covington, MSW, LCSW-C - Director
Director of Psychological Support Services, Mrs. Covington is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with over 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist. An internationally recognized leader on the psychological aspects of reproductive health, Mrs. Covington is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Investigator in the Intramural Research Program on Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. She recently edited and authored Fertility Counseling: Clinical guide and Case Studies, and is the co-author and editor of the classic text Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive handbook of Clinicians.

Patricia Sachs, LCSW-C
Rockville, MD | 301-545-1126
Mrs. Sachs has worked with individuals, couples, children, and families in hospital, university, and private practice settings. She has been on the counseling staff at Shady Grove Fertility since 1991, and her special interests include counseling patients undergoing IVF, treatment for secondary infertility, as well as those using donor gametes. Mrs. Sachs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Maryland and the District of Columbia, and sees patients in the Rockville office.

Carol Toll, LCSW-C
Rockville, MD | Columbia, MD | 301-545-1127
Mrs.Toll has an extensive background working with individuals, families, and groups. She has a special interest and expertise in issues related to women’s health, infertility, and cancer. Mrs.Toll is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Maryland and Virginia. Mrs.Toll sees patients in both the Rockville and Columbia offices.

Ellen Eule, LCSW-C
Rockville, MD | Frederick, MD | 301-545-1129
Mrs. Eule has over 30 years of experience, as a licensed and board certified Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and Washington D.C. She’s worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups in many settings including HMOs, agencies and private practice. She has a special interest in assessment, issues related to grief and loss, infertility counseling, postpartum depression, and adoption. Mrs. Eule sees patients in Rockville and Frederick. (ex. 129)

Michelle Hester, LCSW-C
Washington, D.C. | 301-545-1142
Mrs. Hester has 30 years of experience working with couples, individuals, and groups in variety of settings. She specializes in adoption services, both before and after placement, with interest in infertility, adoption, and early adjustment issues for new parents. Mrs. Hester is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She sees patients in the D.C. and Maryland offices.

Tara Simpson, Psy.D.
Towson, MD | 410-303-3402
Dr. Simpson is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. Her special interests include providing counseling to individuals with issues related to reproductive health, including infertility. She is a member of American Psychological Association and Maryland Psychological Association. Dr. Simpson sees clients in the Baltimore area.

Erica Mindes, Ph.D., LCP
Woodbridge, VA | Annandale, VA | Richmond, VA | 804-237-8918
Dr. Mindes is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has worked with adult individuals, couples, and groups in agency, university, and hospital settings. She has a special interest in issues related to infertility, IVF, and third-party reproduction, and has conducted research and written on the psychological aspects of infertility. Dr. Mindes is a member of the American Psychological Association and American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group. She sees patients in the Woodbridge and Annandale locations, as well as in her office in Richmond. (804-237-8918)

Laura S. Covington, MSW, LCSW-C
Washington, D.C. | Fair Oaks, VA | 202-412-8022
Ms. Covington has experience in providing assessments and counseling with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. She has a special interest in developing strategies for stress and coping during infertility treatment. Ms. Covington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Ms. Covington sees patients in Washinton, D.C., and Fair Oaks, VA.

Mia Joelsson, LCSW-C
Harrisburg, VA | 240-454-3002
Mrs. Joelsson is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has a special interest in working with individuals and couples facing reproductive challenges of infertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and postpartum adjustment. Mrs. Joelsson is passionate about helping “infertility graduates” who are adapting to the new realities of pregnancy and parenting after struggling with infertility. She sees clients primarily in the Harrisburg, PA, office.

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