Many people experience increased feelings of depression, conflict, family tension, and anxiety during infertility. An experienced and supportive infertility counselor can help individuals and couples understand and cope with the stress and confusion of infertility. This counselor might be a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker. The academic degree itself is not important in most cases; what is important is the counselor’s understanding of and approach to infertility issues and treatments. Some clients prefer a counselor who has personally experienced infertility, but a good counselor will be able to help a client regardless of his or her background.Compared with support groups, infertility counseling has many advantages. Some people enjoy the energy of group sessions, but others feel that group sessions are too dramatic, do not like the personalities of some members, or do not feel comfortable speaking candidly to a group. Inevitably, there will be pregnancy announcements, which can seem like “graduations” to those who are still trying to conceive. Also, some issues are too serious and pressing to be adequately addressed in a group setting, such as persistent depression, marriage problems, and conflict over the next step in treatment or ending treatment.