Dr. Marie Davidson is a licensed clinical psychologist and patient educator. She specializes in counseling individuals and couples who are coping with infertility, and has provided counseling services to patients, donors, and surrogates since 1992.
Dr. Davidson earned her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois in 1988. She facilitates patient education seminars on numerous topics such as considering egg donation and cracking the door to adoption, leads several women and couples support groups, and is widely published in the fertility field. She has been an invited speaker at many professional meetings.
Her personalized care and detailed understanding of the treatment process have been a welcome and supportive resource to many couples and individuals as they seek to grow a family.
Q&A with Dr. Davidson:
What do you like most about what you do?
I like having the opportunity to help people who are facing one of life’s most important decisions, such as how, when, and even if to have children.
How can talking to a professional help?
People dealing with infertility are often seeking a source of unbiased support and information to assist in decision-making and with coping with stress. Having a well-informed and experienced mental health provider on their team can make a big difference.
What types of counseling do you offer?
FCI offers patients short-term counseling to help with treatment decisions and stress management. I also do psychological evaluations of egg donors and gestational carriers.
Why did you choose to work in this field?
I was a fertility patient and know the emotional pain of infertility. Finding work in this field spoke to my heart.
What is your approach to counseling?
I recognize that my patients are not physically ill (with few exceptions) but that they are very distressed and often demoralized. My goal is to offer each patient respect and compassion as I find a way that will work for them to offer guidance on their journey.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I was a professional librarian for seven years before I went back to school in psychology.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I like theater so I attend a lot of plays. I have been in writing classes and am in two writing groups.
Ph.D. Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, 1988
Concentration in clinical and social psychology.