• About Jacqueline

    Hello.

    I’m Jacqueline. I’m a psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, specializing in In/Fertility & Reproductive Loss Counseling. My own experience with infertility led me to focus on supporting those working to build their families. Tying my education and training with my own insight as an infertility patient, I deepen my role as a therapist for those grappling with the In/Fertility world. My personal story to parenthood has allowed me insight into the physical, emotional, social, relational, and financial struggles that infertility can create in one’s life. Now I focus on supporting those who are going through this uncertain season of their lives. This unique situation can be all consuming and life-altering for an individual or couple.

    I have been helping individuals and families for over 10 years to cope with life’s most challenging situations. My experience from community mental health, trauma assessment, crisis counseling, large government social welfare systems, inpatient mental health hospital settings have prepared and informed my approach on In/Fertility Counseling. Additionally, I am a proud volunteer and advocate with RESOLVE, the national infertility association. I’m passionate about eliminating the stigma and shame often associated with infertility and reproductive loss and hope to increase awareness of this disease.

    I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and my Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. I am licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker #62661.

    I am always learning and growing with trainings and consultations with other mental health professionals through membership affiliations. They include the following:

    Professional Trainings / Certificate Courses:

    American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group (ASRM MHPG) Training Modules

    Part 1: Basic Infertility

    Part 2: Treatment Interventions

    Part 3: Third Party Reproduction, Special Populations, Genetics

    Currently enrolled in Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course with Sharon Covington, LCSW & Linda Applegarth, Ed.D.

    Grief & Loss Training- PESI

    Affiliations

    American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

    ASRM Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG)

    National Association of Social Work (NASW)

    RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association — Proud partner and Support Group Lead

    My Tools:

    I utilize a client-centered, culturally sensitive, strength-based, collaborative, and direct approach to help clients work through this challenging time in their lives. What this means is that I meet you where you are, move at a pace that works for you, and help you feel ready to face the next steps in your family building story. I incorporate cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing techniques, to help teach new skills, increase coping skills, and improve interpersonal relationships. Above all else, I believe in unconditional positive regard. Tools are great, but ultimately, trust, our connection, and finding relief by feeling heard and understood is what helps us carry on.

    Who do we serve?

    Apsara Therapy welcomes all.

    Additionally, we recognize those from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities face particular challenges in your family building journey. We see you; we walk with you. We honor your unique struggles of infertility as a person of color.

    Furthermore, we celebrate families in all forms. We welcome our LGBTQ families and are here to support you.