Advice & Support: Professional Finder

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Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
1 Bryant Crescent
White Plains, New York 10605
(914) 941-2587

Biography

In practice for 25 years, with infertility and adoption specialty for 12 years. Co-directed infertility and adoption support groups, and spoken at numerous conferences. Facilitated individual and couples infertility and adoption groups, and extensive experience with psychotherapy groups and education groups/workshops.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Elaine Robbins, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
570 Scarborough Road
Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
(914) 941-2587

Biography

In practice for 25 years, with infertility and adoption specialty for 12 years. Co-directed infertility and adoption support groups, and spoken at numerous conferences. Facilitated individual and couples infertility and adoption groups, and extensive experience with psychotherapy groups and education groups/workshops.

Elizabeth Grill, Psy.D.

Elizabeth Grill, Psy.D.

The Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College (formerly CRMI)
1305 York Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10021
(646) 962-3314

Biography

Dr. Grill is experienced as a counseling psychologist and medical researcher with a special focus on the emotional aspects of infertility, IVF treatment, cancer related infertility, and sexual dysfunction. She provides individual, couples, and group therapy for patients participating in all forms of assisted reproduction. She also has significant experience in all aspects of oocyte donation, including donor and recipient evaluation and treatment issues.

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Dr. Elizabeth Grill is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, and is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, and Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Trained and certified by Alice Domar at the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Grill also developed and conducts a stress management class for infertility patients that focuses on relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness skills, and other helpful ways to manage emotional distress. She also co-leads a Women's Drop-In Support Group and leads a General Infertility Support Group for individuals and couples where patients share their concerns, thoughts and feelings related to all aspects of infertility treatment.

Dr. Grill completed her training as a sex therapist at the Human Sexuality Program, Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, founded over thirty years ago by Dr. Helen S. Kaplan. Dr. Grill treats men, women, and couples experiencing sexual and relationship problems both related and unrelated to infertility.

Dr. Grill completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communications with Highest Distinction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her professional training includes a fellowship year at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility and a 12-month psychology internship at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She also trained and led workshops at the New York University Child Study Center designed to teach couples communication and relationship enhancement skills.
Dr. Grill is a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and Vice Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She serves as an editorial reviewer for Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Andrology. Dr. Grill has lectured worldwide to patient and medical audiences and has published articles and participated in media interviews related to the emotional aspects of reproductive medicine.

Ellen Glazer, L.I.C.S.W.

Ellen Glazer, L.I.C.S.W.

Ellen S. Glazer, L.I.C.S.W.
55 Farlow Road
Newton, Massachusetts 02458
(617) 332-3468

Biography

Ellen S. Glazer is a clinical social worker with more than 32 years experience helping people build and expand their families.

 

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She is the author or co-author of six books on reproductive medicine as well as articles that have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Conceive Magazine, Family Building, and other publications. Her books are: Without Child: Experiencing and Resolving Infertility (1988, co-authored with Dr. Susan Cooper), The Long Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility (1990, revised 1998), Beyond Infertility: New Paths to Parenthood (1994, co-authored with Dr. Susan Cooper), Experiencing Infertility: Stories to Inform and Inspire (1998), Choosing Assisted Reproduction: Social, Emotional, and Ethical Considerations (1998), and most recently Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation (2005, co-authored with Evelina Sterling). This last publication was included among Library Journalâs outstanding consumer health books of 2005. A second and international edition will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the UK in 2013.  Ellen maintains a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where she specializes in helping people with decisions regarding assisted reproduction, donor conception and adoption. She is a graduate of Simmons College, B.A., Northeastern University, M Ed. and Boston University School of Social Work, MSW.

 

Ellen Speyer, M.A., M.S., M.F.T.

Ellen Speyer, M.A., M.S., M.F.T.

Ellen Speyer, M.A., M.S., M.F.T.
4590 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 660
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 252-1525

Biography

Ellen Speyer has been working with the American Fertility Association as a West coast support services co-chair since the inception of the association. Presently, Ellen contributes as a member of the AFA Mental Health Advisory Council.  As an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group, Ellen has been the Chair and Co-Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Gestational Surrogacy Guidelines task force. 

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Ellen Speyer received her Masters of Science Degree in Education from Queens College in New York and her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University in California.  Ellen has worked as a Board Certified, Marriage Family Therapist in private practice since 1985. The specialty of her practice is reproductive health issues, including infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, surrogacy and third party reproduction. Ellen has worked as a therapist for surrogate mothers as an individual and group counselor for eighteen years. 

It is always an honor and a privilege to work with my clients, colleagues and the dedicated medical professionals who work on behalf of our goals of building healthy families.

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