Make sure you choose a mental health professional who is familiar with the emotional experience of infertility. It is recommended that they have:
- a graduate degree in a mental health profession
- a license to practice and/or state registration
- clinical training in the psychological aspects of infertility
- experience in the medical and psychological aspects of reproductive medicine
Interview more than one person. Ask them for their credentials as well as their experience with infertility issues and treatments. Ask if they are currently seeing other people with infertility.
For a referral to a competent mental health professional, you can check the ASRM website to find members of The Mental Health Professionals Group. Also read over the Qualification Guidelines for Infertility Counselors (PDF) for more information on infertility counselors.
You could also ask your reproductive endocrinologist for names of people that he/she would recommend or contact a national support group such as RESOLVE or The American Fertility Association (AFA).