Posts by Lisa Schuman LCSW

Making the Most out of the End of Summer

Girl doing yoga

Many therapists and self-help gurus agree that taking steps to change your mood can help you feel more empowered and happier overall. If we work with this premise, why not use the end of the Summer to press the reset button and re-energize yourself? Use experiences from your past and present to help you feel…

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Plan ahead: How to talk to friends and family about your journey

Family on a stroll in the woods.

Families who have non-genetically related children regularly confront many issues. One of these issues concerns the curiosity that many people have about where the child “comes from” or which parent a child resembles. As a result, parents who use egg or sperm donation or adoption to form their families often find themselves fending off unwanted…

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Why #LGBTQFamiliesDay Means So Very Much

For many years now, I have been advocating, supporting, educating and assisting LGBTQ couples and individuals to build the family of their dreams. We live in an incredible time where there isn’t just one path to parenthood. Whether it’s through adoption, egg and sperm donation or gestational carrier arrangements, families can come in many shapes,…

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Family Stories

Last weekend I had the privilege of running a program called “Family Stories” at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City.  It was a wonderful workshop.  It included parts of our TIP TOP program for families who are built with the assistance of donor sperm or donor eggs or who…

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Discussing Weight vs Health with your Patients

A diagnosis of PCOS can cause a patient to accumulate unwanted pounds and not be in an ideal state to begin treatment or carry a pregnancy. As a result, the medical team is often in tasked with the difficult job of asking the patient to shed some unwanted pounds, and the nurses are often on…

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Getting Unplugged and Family Building

There is so much discussion in the media these days about excessive attachment to the internet and the importance of unplugging.  So, what is the truth?  Is it really bad for us?  Maybe. In a Huffington Post article written by John Swartzberg, M.D., Chair of the editorial board for, he shared his view that…

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Emotions of Choosing an Egg Donor

FAIRFAX EGGBANK, December 20, 2017 Written by Lisa Schuman, LCSW, a seasoned mental health professional who leads The Center for Family Building. Join her virtually in her monthly support webinar, aimed to address issues specific to third party reproduction including disclosure, development, and parenting. Learn more about her webinar here.  So you want to find an…

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Give the gift of time

Give the gift of time and your children are more likely to give you the gift of willingness. Time is something we can not make more of. We take it for granted, and our children take it for granted, but whether we spend less or more time with our children can have a cumulative effect…

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