What is Fertility Counselling?
Fertility counselling is a specialised area of counselling. A fertility counsellor will have gone through specific training and have knowledge of current fertility treatments available. Psychological support is so important if you are going through fertility treatment or have stopped having treatment. For many people having children has not been an option and this can be a difficult process to come to terms with. A fertility counsellor can support you through this time. A fertility counsellor can also provide information and resources relating to treatment or options such as donor conception, if it is useful.
How does Fertility Counselling work?
A fertility counsellor hopes to create and offer an environment that is non-judgemental, honest, open and safe for you to discuss whatever your issues are. It is very important that you feel secure, that it is a confidential environment and that you are able to bring whatever you want to the session and that you feel that you are being respected and accepted.
Who is Fertility Counselling suitable for?
Fertility counselling aims to support anyone dealing with any of the issues surrounding fertility. This includes people who are starting a family and people who are not going to have children for whatever reason. It may be that you wish to discuss the ending of treatment or options for the future.
What issues or problems are suited to Fertility Counselling?
A wide range of issues, for example:
- Fertility Treatment
- Donor Conception
- Egg Preservation
- Relationship issues
- Ending Treatment
- Moving Forward
- Childless by circumstance
- Choosing whether to become a parent
However, you don’t always need a specific issue. It could just be that you don’t feel life is quite how you want it to be and that there may be reasons that are worth looking at as a way to find solutions.
How many sessions will I have?
Fertility can be a long road for some people and often people return for counselling during different stages of treatment or at times when they are making decisions of how to move forward. Other people find that initially their issues can be resolved in just a few sessions. It is entirely up to you how many sessions you have. We might agree an initial number, when you first come and then we can review this after these are completed or at any point in between. Sometimes knowing that you have a specific number of sessions can help provide the space for you to explore a particular issue, without pressure. Sometimes people might find that there are further issues to look at or sometimes they may feel that, for the time being, they have got what they wanted from fertility counselling.