Counseling and Support Programs

RMA of New York understands that building a family through fertility treatment or pursuing fertility preservation can be stressful, complex and present unique challenges. Our staff understands that individuals and couples often face emotional, family, work-related and/or personal challenges that can affect their lives in many ways.

RMA of New York’s Counseling and Support Programs are led by experienced and highly esteemed mental health professional, Georgia Witkin, PhD and licensed social worker, Rena Stein, LMSW.

Individual/Couples Therapy Programs

RMA of New York provides counseling and psychotherapy sessions for individuals and couples for an additional fee. These support programs address a variety of concerns, including:

  • Focus on Infertility Treatment
    Counseling, support and guidance for patients engaged in fertility treatment. With this assistance, patients are better able to make informed decisions and are able to manage their emotional experiences and relationships more productively.
  • Focus on Fertility Preservation
    Support for patients undergoing fertility preservation treatments, such as oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing), and sperm banking. Discussions regarding fertility preservation may include education about the process, helping patients anticipate future needs, and/or may focus on stress reduction techniques and general support. Family and group sessions focusing on fertility preservation are also available.
  • Focus on Egg Donors and Recipients
    RMA of New York’s donor egg program provides an opportunity for recipients to carefully and thoughtfully explore their feelings and ideas, receive education and discuss concerns so they can approach their path to parenthood with comfort and confidence. Georgia Witkin, PhD meets with all recipients and donors.

 Counseling/Support/Crisis Intervention

Rena Stein, Licensed Master Social Worker is available to meet with patients and their partners before, during and after treatment. Her personal experience with Infertility enables her to speak with patients on an intimate level. Rena’s services include:

  • Counseling for patients and their partners
  • Weekly “drop in” support group, Monday’s from 6-7 pm at our Westside Location
  • Providing resources for patients as they go through their fertility journey
  • Collaborate with the medical team and other RMA employees to close the circle on continuity of care

 

Meet our Counselors

Georgia-Witkin

Georgia Witkin, PhD

Dr. Georgia Witkin is a clinical psychologist and expert on infertility, egg donation, egg freezing and therapy for couples. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science as well as in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is also Director of the Stress Research Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has received awards from national infertility support organizations RESOLVE and the American Fertility Association for her work in helping individuals and couples and for bringing awareness of infertility-related issues to a broad audience through her work on television.

Dr. Witkin is a contributor for the Fox News Channel and was previously the health reporter for NBC. She has authored 11 books on stress and is a frequent contributor to magazines such as NewsweekTimeParade, and Self. She is also senior editor of grandparents.com.

Rena Stein, LMSW 

Rena Stein, a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) brings both personal and professional experience to the role of social worker at RMA.  As a former infertility patient she understands that the process can be stressful and overwhelming and believes that having a support system and access to resources can make this difficult time a bit more manageable.  Her goal is to help those facing many of the same challenges she underwent when going through fertility treatments.

Rena is currently a State Advocate for RESOLVE, the national infertility organization, where she lobbies for healthcare reform and improved insurance coverage for those needing infertility treatment. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and has a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University.

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