Advice & Support: Professional Finder

This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.


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Carolyn Berger, L.C.S.W. - New York

Carolyn Berger, L.C.S.W. - New York

Carolyn Berger, L.C.S.W.
16 East 40th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10016
(914) 834-6396

Biography

Carolyn Berger, LCSW, is the Founding Board Chair of The AFA.  She is currently an active Board Member and Chair of the Adoption Advisory Council.

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She has a private practice in Manhattan and Larchmont, NY, where she helps couples, singles and members of the LGBT community create families both through fertility treatment and adoption. 

Carolyn works closely with fertility doctors, complementary and alternative medicine specialists, and adoption agencies/attorneys.  She helps her clients find the professionals who are right for them.

Carolyn’s decision to help people struggling to build families came from her own experience with infertility.  Her family was created through fertility treatment and adoption.  She has spoken and written widely on both adoption and infertility.

Colleen E. Crane, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

Colleen E. Crane, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

Colleen E. Crane, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
30375 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200
Farmington, Michigan 48334
(248) 330-3585

Biography

Colleen E. Crane MSW, LMSW is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in women’s reproductive health. Ms. Crane’s areas of interest include: pregnancy loss, secondary infertility, relationship issues, adoption, sexuality, and medical issues impacting fertility. Ms. Crane has been in practice for close to 15 years, she is also a volunteer for Beaumont Hospital Parenting Program.  

Deborah L. Szanto, Ph.D.

Deborah L. Szanto, Ph.D.

Deborah L. Szanto, Ph.D.
30 Glenn Street
White Plains, New York 10603
(914) 288-6167
Deborah Lancaster, M.S., R.N.

Deborah Lancaster, M.S., R.N.

Deborah Lancaster, M.S., R.N.
2855 Coolidge, Suite 101
Troy, Michigan 48084
(248) 220-1218

Biography

Deborah Lancaster M.S., R.N., is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Troy, Michigan, specializing in the field of infertility, reproductive medicine, and third party family building. Special interests include pregnancy loss, secondary infertility, adoption, single parenting, third party reproduction, issues related to disclosure to children, and child-free living.

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She is a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Mental Health Professional Group and The American Fertility Association.

Deborah Simmons, PH.D.,L.M.F.T.

Deborah Simmons, PH.D.,L.M.F.T.

Partners in Healing
10201 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 350
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
(763) 546-5797

Biography

Dr. Deborah Simmons is a co-owner of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis (PIH). She is a marriage and family therapist who has been working with individuals, couples and families in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN) for 14 years. She works actively with adults to resolve a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, health problems, and relationship issues.

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To Dr. Simmons, therapy is about co-creating something new, something different, something better in our lives. Often working in collaboration with physicians, nurses, and genetics counselors, she employs a variety of techniques in her work, including hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She has found that the use of humor and improvisation is helpful in finding new solutions to life's challenges.

 

Dr. Simmons specializes in reproductive complications. This includes fertility challenges, miscarriage, pregnancy complications, fetal anomalies, premature delivery, and stillbirth. She often is sought out by women with postpartum depression and anxiety. She consults to reproductive medicine clinics and OB-GYN clinics. She has worked with fertility clinics and third party reproductive agencies around the country to provide assessments and testing of potential egg donors and gestational carriers. She is a frequent speaker for the Midwest Region of RESOLVE.

 Dr. Simmons is a principal partner of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis. She received her PhD in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working as a therapist, Dr. Simmons worked as a Congressional aide and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and a health care policy analyst in St. Paul.

 

She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is also a professional member of RESOLVE and the American Fertility Association.

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