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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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.

Ellen Winters Miller, M.A. L.M.F.T.

Ellen Winters Miller, M.A. L.M.F.T.

Ellen Winters Miller, M.A. L.M.F.T.
1000 Quail Street, Suite 155
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 307-6208

Biography

Ellen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working in the mental health field, specializing in fertility. As a therapist, prior fertility patient, biological parent and stepparent, Ellen understands the impact choices and unforeseen challenges have on people's lives and the need for a “safe haven” to explore them and move forward. Her style is interactive, focused and highly personalized.

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She provides detailed and personalized Assessments, Evaluations, Consultations and Ongoing Care for all person’s involved in a fertility journey, focusing on each participant’s specific hopes, dreams and challenges. Her personal and professional experience and continuing educational professional training provide her with the knowledge to skillfully assess prospective egg donors and surrogates and the compassion and problem solving skills to provide guidance to individuals and couples pursuing fertility treatment.

Ellen’s has compassion, knowledge, problem solving skills and experience interacting and collaborating with all who are involved in creating today’s families:

• Intended Parents
• Involved Grandparents
• Egg Donors (Identified, Known or Anonymous)
• Sperm Donors (Identified, Known or Anonymous)
• Gestational Carriers/Surrogates (Self-recruited or via Agency) and their spouses and/or significant other
• Fertility Clinics/Reproductive Endocrinologists & Staff
• Third Party Assisted Reproduction Agencies (Egg Donor, Sperm Donor, Surrogate, Gestational Carrier, Embryo Donation)
• Obstetrician/Gynecologists and Staff
• Attorneys
• Children Created with the Assistance of Medical Intervention

Most clients using Ellen come to her Newport Beach, California office. If they are not available to do so, arrangements are made to videoconference consultations; thus, Ellen works with many domestic and international clients.

She continues her professional growth in the field of infertility through awareness of evidence-based research and her involvement as a professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG), Fertile Hope, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and Resolve. Ellen was a member of the Donor Recipient Family Task Force, ASRM MHPG and was instrumental in setting up the Professionally led Support Groups for Resolve of Orange County. She is also a founding member and past Board Member of the Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance.

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - Manhattan

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - Manhattan

Emily Laitmon L.C.S.W.
174 East 74 Street
New York, New York 10021
(212) 988-2054

Biography

Emily Laitmon, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and Westchester specializing in women’s issues, couple counseling, relationships, infertility and family building. She is also a bereavement counselor and offers support to several hospitals in genetics. She is a group facilitator and coach for AFA. Ms. Laitmon has written articles and led seminars on emotional challenges of infertility, pre-natal loss and couple therapy. She adopted a son and after repeated IVFs was successful with a daughter.

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - New Rochelle

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W. - New Rochelle

Emily Laitmon, L.C.S.W.
22 Indian Hill Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804
(914) 633-4224

Biography

Emily Laitmon, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and Westchester specializing in women’s issues, couple counseling, relationships, infertility and family building. She is also a bereavement counselor and offers support to several hospitals in genetics. She is a group facilitator and coach for AFA. Ms. Laitmon has written articles and led seminars on emotional challenges of infertility, pre-natal loss and couple therapy. She adopted a son and after repeated IVFs was successful with a daughter.

Erica Ploski, MA, LPC

Erica Ploski, MA, LPC

Reproductive Counseling Services/Millcreek Counseling Associates
4380 West 12th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16505
(814) 838-8255

Biography

Erica Ploski, MA, LPC graduated from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling .She is a Licensed Professional Counselor  and offers services individually tailored to the clients’ needs and will work collaboratively with your physician, psychiatrist, OBGYN or Reproductive Endocrinologist to provide you with the most appropriate level of care.

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Erica is a survivor of infertility, recurring pregnancy losses as well as post partum depression. She is the mother of one internationally adopted child as well as two biological children and she has extensive experience helping women and their families cope with the many issues that present during the various stages of the reproductive cycles, from menarche all the way to menopause.

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