Holly Yager is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC. Originally from Winnipeg, Holly has a B.A. Advanced in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. In the 90s, Holly moved to Vancouver where she earned a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Holly works in both private practice and in a hospital setting, where she provides therapy and support to individuals, couples, and groups in the areas of third-party reproduction, assisted conception, infertility, perinatal loss, reproductive mental health, sexual health, and chronic pelvic pain.
Holly is a member of the mental health professionals group (MHPG) of ASRM and of the counselling special interest group (CSIG) of CFAS. Holly is a member of the CSIG Executive Committee, serving as Communications Chair (2013-2016) and Vice-Chair (2015- current). Holly is on several committees, including one for the standardization of third-party reproduction reporting for CSIG members.
Ms. Parker completed her M.A. in Psychology in 1990. In 2017, she completed training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, Centre for Mindfulness. She provides services to children, adolescents, families and adults. She has been providing Counselling for those dealing with fertility issues since 2004.
In that same year Lori was a member of Expert Panel for Department of Health on Counselling in Assisted Human Reproduction. The panel was assembled to work on the establishment of the Counselling section of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Since that time she has been an active member of CFAS acting in various roles on the Executive Committee of the Counselor’s Special Interest Group. Lori was one of the authors of a resource document designed to help parents address the use of third party reproduction with their children. In 2010 she was a member of the Editorial Board for the Assisted Human Reproductive Agency, Government of Canada.
At home in Nova Scotia, Lori is a member of the Ethics Committee at the Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic. She has participated in the development of policies on embryo donation and gestational carrying arrangements. She is currently Past Chair of the CSIG Executive and sits on two committees struck to develop documents on LGBTQ issues and standards in reporting on third party Infertility Counselling.