We specialize in counseling for the trauma of infertility and its treatment, pregnancy loss, and assisted reproduction including IVF, inseminations, donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos, and gestational surrogacy. We know how challenging the family building journey can be. We have lived it ourselves. We can help you with the depression, anxiety, and relationship problems that go along with just trying to have a family. We can help you make decisions about what to do, where to do it, and when to do it.
Whatever your parenting journey looks like, you matter. We are on your side and we will walk the path with you. We both practice under the guidelines of the American Society for Reproduction Medicine (ASRM). These are the best practices in the field of infertility treatment. At partners (in)fertility, we welcome straight and LGBTQ couples and single parents. We want to be part of your family-building journey.
We also specialize in the trauma of pregnancy loss. We will be with you and your partner throughout the journey from grief, to recovery, to hope about your future. Things may be very dark for you right now. We will help the sunshine return to your life.
Dr. Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Deborah Simmons has provided specializing counseling for infertility-related trauma and pregnancy loss for more than 20 years. She works with fertility clinics, OB/GYN clinics, surrogacy agencies, and egg donor agencies around the country. She consults to the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Minneapolis. She loves helping people with decision-making about what path to choose to get to parenting. Dr. Simmons provides psychoeducation to all who seek to be parents, whether this is by using IUIs, IVF, donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos, or gestational surrogacy. She evaluates gestational carriers and egg donors. She offers clinical hypnosis, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, couples therapy, and energy work. She is also working in the area of fertility preservation with women who have been diagnosed with cancer and with transgender men and women who wish to be parents.
Dr. Simmons is an active professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); Resolve: the National Infertility Association; Fruitful Fertility; Parents Via Egg Donation; the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE); the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; and the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has written for Parents after Loss Support, Fertility Smarts, and Fruitful Fertility.
She received her PhD in family social science from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University, and a double major in international relations and political science from American University. She is the mother of two premature babies and a feisty veteran of months on pregnancy bedrest.
Debbie Fischer, M.A., LAMFT
Debbie Fischer, M.A., LAMFT, holds a master of arts in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University of MN. After a 20 year career in human resources, where she worked for Target and Walt Disney World, and most recently as the director of HR for a legacy advertising agency in Minneapolis, she elected to return to school and change careers. The decision was driven by her heartbreaking, yet enlightening journey into parenthood. A bereaved mom, who lost 2 sons to stillbirth, and then struggled with secondary infertility and endured multiple rounds of fertility treatments, she felt called to help others who are faced with reproductive health challenges. A specialist in infertility, pregnancy loss, and alternative family building, Debbie works with couples and individuals who have suffered the devastating heartache, and trauma of pregnancy loss. She prepares straight and gay couples and single women and men who wish to pursue IUIs, IVF, donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos, and surrogacy. She works with fertility clinics, OB/GYN clinics, surrogacy agencies, and egg donor agencies around the country. She evaluates gestational carriers and egg donors. She is an active professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and Resolve: the National Infertility Association. She is affiliated with the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Minneapolis where she screens potential egg donors. Debbie is honored to be on the advisory board of Fruitful Fertility. She also facilitates Star Legacy’s virtual support group for bereaved parents, and is a past board member of Faith’s Lodge.