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Making the Most out of the End of Summer

Many therapists and self-help gurus agree that taking steps to change your mood can help you feel more empowered and ...
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Plan ahead: How to talk to friends and family about your journey

Families who have non-genetically related children regularly confront many issues. One of these issues concerns the curiosity that many people ...
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Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling…

When you are trying to build a family or care for your family, it’s likely that you have moments when ...
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Rework Your Resolution

Hello! The Center for Family Building wants to help you achieve your New Years Resolutions! Please watch this video to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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A Little Valentine’s Day Advice For People Waiting for Their Baby

Energy flows where your attention goes. But not in the way you may think. When you have a problem, your ...
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A weekly skype call may be good for you and your gestational carrier.

A weekly skype call may be good for you and your gestational carrier. I have been working in the field ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The Holiday Season’s Biggest Grinch: Infertility

The holidays can be the happiest time of the year… or the saddest. According to the National Institutes of Health, ...
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Negotiate with your partner for a better family life

When you have children there are so many decisions to be made.  Do you feed on demand or on schedule, ...
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Having a guide can make the journey so much better.

This summer I took a hike with a guide in the Grand Canyon. I wanted to go on a guided ...
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Being Your Child’s Advocate: When “Just Try Harder” Doesn’t Work.

Despite the ever-widening public understanding and acceptance of emotional or learning differences, it is still difficult for parents to accept ...
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Choosing Non Genetic Parenthood

So, you want to find a donor or birthparent who possesses qualities you see in yourself, or perhaps even better? ...
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Egg freezing and mental health with psychotherapist Lisa Schuman

There’s good news about egg freezing. There has been a steady rise in the acceptance and excitement around using egg ...
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Non-genetic parenthood and your child’s birth story. Don’t personalize it.

Non-genetic parenthood is complicated.  As a result, disclosure to family, friends and the outside world, the way we see our ...
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When you’re trying to conceive, what can you do to help the process along?

Struggling to build your family can be one of the most distressing experiences a person can face.  Infertility treatment can ...
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