Infertility Conference Speaker
The Healing Group
Monica Ashton LCSW, PMH-C, CST
Chief Operations Officer
The Uncertainty of Infertility
Infertility is full of surprises and often, disappointments. Monica Ashton, LCSW, PMH-C, will discuss ways to prepare for and manage the emotions that come with the ups and downs of a fertility journey, and Erica Johnstone, MD, will talk about why there is so much uncertainty, and why disappointments and challenges don't mean the end of the road.
Breakout Session 1
Monica Ashton is a reproductive and certified sex therapist specializing in the intersection of reproductive, perinatal and sexual health. She is on the executive team at The Healing Group, a clinic specialized in reproductive and sexual health. She has a passion for helping individuals and couples through challenges during reproductive years. Monica’s expertise in Reproductive Mental Health includes extensive postgraduate training in infertility counseling and third-party reproduction. She conducts third party consultations and evaluations and is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah teaching in her areas of expertise. She is a member, and has been a committee board member, of the Mental Health Professional Group of the ASRM. She is also currently on the board of the Utah Reproductive Mental Health Network.
Braxton Dutson LCSW, CST
Certified Sex Therapist
Birds and Bees Podcast
Braxton Dutson is an LCSW and certified sex therapist (CST) through AASECT and supervises therapists seeking AASECT certification. Braxton is a Clinician at The Healing Group in Utah. Clients primarily seek him for issues pertaining to feeling “out of control” with their sexual behaviors, distress in a relationship, sexual education, and sexual dissatisfaction. He runs a free online fathers group every second Wednesday of the month called "The Man Cave." He hosts the popular sexual health podcast called “Birds and Bees Podcast,” which provides education for couples and parents about sexual health topics. He frequently presents to professionals and parents about sexual health and relationships. Braxton is the owner of Tigris Consulting providing consultation, supervision, and training to clinicians and groups seeking to improve their work with clients in sexual health.
Building Intimacy During Infertility in a
4 Dimensional Way
Experiencing infertility affects much more than your physical body. In this experience you will explore what intimacy looks like for you in 4 dimensions (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual), while being able to explore what you would like to let go of in your intimate story and what you'd like to cultivate and grow for yourself AND with your partner.
Breakout Session 1
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