Our pregnancy options counseling and post-abortion counseling provide a safe non-judgmental space for you to discuss your thoughts and feelings with a trained professional. Our goal is to provide you with the support you need while empowering you to make confident, informed decisions about your life.
For more information on this service, call 412-562-1900 or check out our Fees and Services page.
Pregnancy Options Counseling
We understand that having an unplanned pregnancy can be one of the most difficult times in someone's life. You may be feeling numb, afraid, confused or alone. If you are overwhelmed by these feelings, our option counselor is available to help you form a plan. Our counselor is professionally trained and knowledgeable about parenthood, adoption, and abortion.
Counseling sessions are also available to significant others, family members and friends.
- $40 per session
- $20 for college students & those with medical assistance
- FREE to those 17 & under
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, options counseling sessions are also available by phone or online video and are free of charge for all patients.
Post Abortion Counseling
Even if you are certain abortion is the best option for you, one common concern is what to expect emotionally after an abortion. For the majority of patients, emotional responses after an abortion are positive, and people are able to move forward with their lives.
In our experience, if someone seeking an abortion makes their own decision and feels confident that they are able to cope, they may experience sadness, disappointment, and loss as well as relief, happiness, and resolution. These feelings may vary in intensity; however, most patients report that they are manageable and are not constant. Other factors that contribute to a sense of well-being following your abortion are accepting one's reasons for terminating and a willingness to deal with both positive and negative feelings surrounding your decision.
There are some people who do experience extreme negative reactions such as depression, shame, guilt or regret. Some predisposing factors that are linked to such reactions include the following:
- extreme ambivalence regarding the decision to terminate
- feeling coerced into having an abortion
- expecting to cope poorly or feeling unable to cope due to other life stressors
You may experience feelings of loss after an abortion regardless if you feel you made the best decision. The reasons for feelings of loss may vary. We also recognize that an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy is a crisis situation; a crisis can be stressful and you may feel overwhelmed by your feelings.
If you would like additional support in coping with your decision, a professional counseling session may be right for you. Professionally trained staff is available to you after your abortion, and your first session is free if you were a patient at PPWP.
First session is free to patients serviced at PPWP.
If you are interested in longer-term counseling related to developing coping and life skills to assist in the management of trauma, depression, or anxiety, the C.A.R.E. Therapy and Behavioral Health Program may be right for you.
For more information on this service, or to book an appointment, please call 412-434-8971.