Counselling services in the Southside of Glasgow

Francesca Howell

-wM05aOrafpcgvKWgbMXxbetmVDWbKleTZ-nN38Y6e4Francesca is an Accredited Person Centred Counsellor specialising in Fertility Counselling. She has extensive experience and knowledge of fertility treatments and the issues that are involved. She is committed to supporting the emotional process that plays such an important part in fertility treatments.

Counselling could be useful at any stage, whether you are simply thinking about what is right for you or have embarked on fertility treatment and have found some aspects difficult, or if you have decided to end treatment or to move on without having children and what that means to you. Francesca can also offer specialised support if you are considering choices such donor conception or adoption.

As a qualified Counsellor, Francesca offers an environment that is confidential and safe for you to discuss whatever issues you may have.

Fertility Counselling

Going through fertility treatment, it can feel as though your life is on hold and it is hard to move forward or plan your future. Sometimes you feel as though you cannot confide in anyone who will understand what you are going through.

Counselling is an opportunity to explore any emotional difficulty, fears and anxieties, or distress that you might experience during your fertility journey. It can help you to cope, make choices, and change aspects of your situation. It doesn’t involve giving advice or direction to take a particular course of action; at times it may involve providing information.  Our counsellors are here so you can express your emotions freely in a supportive environment.

Coping with Fertility Treatment

The HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) considers fertility counselling to be a key element in the provision of fertility services for all patients. They recognize the complex psychological and social issues that can arise from infertility and fertility treatment.

Considering Donor Conception, Surrogacy or Adoption

Counselling provides an emotionally safe place in which to reflect on and understand the proposed procedure, the variety of issues that may affect you, and the lasting implications for you and those close to you, both now and in the future. It takes into account the welfare and needs of the future child. It’s an opportunity to anticipate and plan for this conception and family formation.

Support counselling

Fertility treatment is a significant emotional journey, and may have an impact on your relationships with others. The emotions can be conflicting and intense. Support counselling is an opportunity to explore your feelings, coping strategies, options and relationship issues with partners, family, friends or colleagues. It can help you to adjust, and to look at both the short- and long-term consequences of infertility and treatment. You might find that you need support at different stages of treatment. You can access support counselling at any time before, during, or after treatment.

Ending Treatment

Francesca is fully qualified and graduated with a PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from Strathclyde University. She is a fully accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works within their code of ethics. She is also a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), and of the Scottish Group of Infertility Counsellors. Francesca has worked with a wide range of clients including students and young people, working with addiction services and has extensive experience working with fertility issues and in women’s health.

Francesca is currently the Fertility Counsellor who has worked at both the Glasgow Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Francesca is working towards accreditation as a Fertility Counsellor with BICA

Booking your appointment with Francesca

Sessions last one hour, costs are £40 for individuals and £60 for couples or more than one person.

If you would like any further information or to discuss how counselling may help you please contact Francesca on 0141 423 4136 or email her at

Booking & Cancellation Policy for all Counsellors at Southside Counsellors

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact Francesca as soon as possible. Missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged in full. If you arrive late for your apointment, it will still have to end at the usual time.


(working towards BICA accreditation)