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Unsuccessful Fertility Treatment Grief Program

mend the heartache

The heartache with an unsuccessful fertility treatment is indescribable. There are so many feelings held inside the body and the mind is scrambling to figure out what happened. This is quite a confusing and painful time for those going through fertility treatment. We all hear the stories of treatment working... where are the stories of coping when treatment doesn't work.

How do we move from hopeful to devastated and back to hopeful for the next cycle?

Each week has a focus to help understand the grief of fertility concerns after an unsuccessful treatment cycle. The 2 hour online group meetings include topic discussion, creative exploration of topic and sharing.

Topics include:

* Understand the depth of your grief (primary and secondary losses)
* Cope with intense feelings
* Improve expectations, weigh options and understand outcomes
* Explore your own barriers of cautious optimism, feelings toward your body, and external limits
* Discover your next steps
* Weekly homework will include elements of selfceare and insight work

This is a very specific grief group. If you have recently experienced unsuccessful fertility treatment, you are not in a fertility treatment cycle, and you are coping with the grief of the loss, this group is for you.


August - September 2019 is currently closed. Enrollment will open September 15th for the next session that begins October 7th.

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Your Instructor


Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC,ATR
Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC,ATR

Let me introduce myself... Hello, I'm Julie.

I created these artful courses for YOU! I know the importance of quality information when you are searching for understanding within your current situation. Unfortunately, the internet is full of discussion groups that give misinformation, are a collection of personal experiences, or simply opinion. That may distract you from your own growth and empowerment.

You may be looking for some self-help tools. These courses can guide you through.

On the other hand, you may not have resources in your area OR you may not want to participate in groups or workshops due to the private nature of your situation. Please note: these courses are not a replacement for professional counseling if you are in need. You are welcome regardless of where you live. Within the courses, it is encouraged you share your experiences as you feel comfortable with other course participants. I hope you find useful information and tools to help you now.

I share my experiences from a personal and professional perspective... giving you what has worked in my life as well as for my clients so you don't have to try to figure it out all on your own. I have had my own personal experience with infertility, grief and a unique experience of parenting. My husband and I were able to became parents through foster care adoption and we ended our foster parenting journey when we moved out of Illinois. I'm here to tell you, there is hope. Life may seem uncertain right now. After significant deaths, my life was different. After infertility treatment, my life was different. After becoming a foster & adoptive parent, my life was different yet again. I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences.

Art Therapy and Counseling are a second career for me that began In 2009. Interestingly, my first career was in broadcast communication. I decided to make a necessary and rewarding change to counseling and art therapy after caregiving for my own mother-in-law. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. I have presented in throughout Illinois and have traveled in the US to present regarding art therapy, grief, and coping. Learn more about my experience and professional memberships.



Please note: My role in this program is to be a coach, a guide, a friend through this process. This program is not intended to replace individual mental health counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Hi there,

I hold this grief so dear to my heart. I never encountered a successful treatment cycle. I understand the hurt, the confusion, the self blame, and the trying to make sense of the medical outcome.

I'm here to walk beside you. This program is created to offer information you can use to help you understand your own responses and hurts. A community component is an added element to help reduce the isolation that may accompany this grief. There are expressive insight activities to help you further explore the non-verbal aspects of your experience to help you begin to find the words.

You are not alone. And there is light after this loss. I'm here to walk beside you.

Warm wishes,

Julie

This course is not open for enrollment.