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Patient Support

Patient Support

Coping with infertility and infertility treatment can be a complex, stressful experience. To help patients and their partners understand what to expect and how to navigate the emotions that may arise from infertility treatment, we offer patient support for individuals and couples.

Regardless of whether you are considering infertility treatment, currently undergoing treatment, or have already undergone infertility treatment, you may find counseling helpful. You are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this resource available here at GIVF.


Phyllis Fortunato Martin, MEd, LPC offers counseling for patients of the Genetics & IVF Institute. Ms. Martin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Masters in Education, Counseling, & Human Development.   She has been in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia for over ten years.   Ms. Martin has extensive experience helping patients cope with infertility, loss, adoption, and family building. Her specialty is infertility counseling and her sub-specialty is Donor Egg IVF fertility treatment.

Ms. Martin is the mother of three children conceived using donor eggs, and speaks from both a psychotherapeutic point of view and from very personal experience. Ms. Martin is the Mental Health Director for the Eastern Regions of RESOLVE, as well as a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). 

Her goal is to educate and support individuals and couples undergoing or considering infertility treatment.  To learn more about counseling services or to schedule an appointment with Ms. Martin, please contact her at 703.509.7412 or click here to visit her website. She is available to see patients at GIVF or her office (11198 Lee Highway, Suite D2, Fairfax, VA 22030).  


Jennifer LagerJennifer Lager, Psy.D. offers counseling for patients of the Genetics & IVF Institute. Dr. Lager completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in Atlanta at Emory University. After earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in 1997, Dr. Lager moved to Washington, D.C. She began working in Emergency Services for the Fairfax County Community Services Board and simultaneously began building a private practice. Dr. Lager later transitioned to providing outpatient mental health services for the Community Services Board, and in 2003, devoted herself full-time to serving clients in private practice.

Dr. Lager understands that choosing a therapist is an extremely personal decision, and that therapy involves a serious commitment of your time, money, and emotions. It is important that you feel comfortable not only with your therapist's credentials and treatment approach, but also with the person as a whole. For many clients, Dr. Lager's warm and open style, intuitive nature, sense of humor, and strong commitment to her work make her an ideal choice.

Dr. Lager has dedicated her career to Clinical Psychology for many reasons. The relationships developed with clients are continually rewarding, as is assisting clients to improve problems, strengthen relationships, and live happier and healthier lives.

Dr. Lager is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Clinical Psychologist. She is a member of the Virginia Psychological Association and the Northern Virginia Society of Clinical Psychologists. She is committed to providing the highest standard of care, and is an ongoing participant in continuing education programs. To learn more about counseling services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lager, please contact her at 703.244.9656 or click here to visit her website. She is available to see patients at her office (1499 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 201, McLean, VA 22101).