Ellen Winters Miller, M.A., L.M.F.T. - Counseling Support

"Having struggled to have children for many years myself, I am honored to be able to assist people achieve their dreams" – Ellen Winters Miller

After a 5-1/2 year personal struggle with infertility (including the use of 3rd parties and A.R.T. procedures), Ellen, a California Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist since 1986, soon focused her attention on helping others with similar challenges. She is honored to be affiliated with West Coast Surrogacy since the Agency’s launch in 2007, as an independent consultant, psychotherapist and support services provider.

Ellen has the compassion, knowledge, experience and problem solving skills to provide guidance and interact with all involved in collaborative reproduction. Areas explored in pre-cycle meetings are those recommended to be discussed by the guidelines of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. In meeting West Coast gestational carrier and donor candidates, Ellen ensures their concerns are addressed as well as assesses their appropriateness to participate. Her pre-cycle psycho- educational consultations with intended parents’ focus on the many nuances of family building with assistance. During a gestational surrogate pregnancy, Ellen provides ongoing care and consultations to each participant, focusing on their specific hopes, dreams and challenges. She interacts often with WCS Case Managers, Directors and facilitates monthly WCS Surrogate Support Groups.

For over 25 years, Ellen has continued her professional growth in the field of infertility through awareness of evidence-based research and her involvement as a professional member of the American Fertility Association (TheAFA), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG), Fertile Hope, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), Resolve and The Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (S.E.E.D.S.). Ellen was a member of the ASRM MHPG Donor Recipient Family Task Force, and was instrumental in setting up the Professionally led Support Groups for Resolve of Orange County.

Ellen is also a founding Board Member of the Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance.