To not have a child after trying to have a child can be painful and difficult. In this session the panelists will discuss their own process in making this choice and offer compassionate support and guidance for those who may have questions around their own decisions.
Tracey Cleantis is a speaker, writer and a practicing psychotherapist whose specialty is helping people let go of what isn’t working and get to the other where happiness waits. Her internationally successful blog, La Belette Rouge, was named one of the top ten blogs for Francophiles by Blogs.com and is rated one of the top 10 psychology and memoir blogs.
In addition to La Belette Rouge, Tracey writes “Freudian Sip,” a column at Psychology Today, and contributes to the Huffington Post. She has been featured on Fox News and in Redbook, Yahoo News and Salon.com. Tracey is presently at work on a book that will be published by Hazelden in Spring 2015, The Other Side of Impossible: How to Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a Happy Ending. She lives and practices in Pasadena, California.
Lisa Manterfield is the author of the memoir, I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood, and a recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal. Her freelance writing work has appeared in Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. She has also taken her stories to the stage at Spark! Off Rose and Expressing Motherhood. As the founder of LifeWithoutBaby.com, the international online community for women coming to terms with childlessness, she has written and spoken extensively on the topics of loss, grief, and letting go of dreams.
Lynn Newman Zavaro
Lynn Newman Zavaro is a author, artist and teacher who has emerged as a defining voice in the art of guiding others to know themselves and create the life they want through the lens of spiritual psychology. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked in a clinic counseling individuals, couples, children and youth groups.
Lynn developed a series of interactive and experiential books and games called The Game of You – A Book And Card Deck Set and The Game of Insight – A Board Game to support others in having fun while artfully discovering themselves on their creative life paths.