10.) KP: Along those lines, can you share how you became interested in fertility counseling? I’m guessing that at least some of the interest came out of your own journey with infertility?
Diane: I have had a general counseling practice since 2000. Once I started in my own journey around 2004, I became very much involved in learning about it. I started joining professional organizations and got some additional training. I’ve done post-graduate study with ASRM (the American Society for Reproductive Medicine). Every year they have an annual conference and they offer great continuing education on all things fertility-related. As I’ve learned more about the field, I’ve continued my education, reading, finding more resources. I’ve just become fascinated with the field. It’s fast moving, it’s complex, it’s dynamic and it’s just a really exciting place to be.
KP: I can see how things would be so fast moving in this field, with the changing technology, awareness and lifestyle choices people are making. That’s great to hear that you are so connected to the professional community and actively involved in continuing education. For any therapist, staying up to date on the latest theories and techniques is so important, but certainly with a field that is so specialized and involves rapidly changing technology, it seems even more important.