We understand that going through fertility investigations and treatment can be, for many patients, emotionally and physically challenging.
At Bath Fertility, we offer free confidential counselling as part of our service. This is available to you either individually or as a couple.
What Does Counselling Involve?
Counselling involves talking in strict confidence with a trained and qualified counsellor about issues surrounding your infertility and treatment. Many people find the process of infertility investigations and treatment stressful, even before they reach us. Sometimes it affects people’s moods or their relationships in some way; this may show itself in sexual problems or arguments, sadness or feeling misunderstood. During counselling, at Bath Fertility, you will have the opportunity to talk freely about your emotions without worrying about your counsellor’s feelings, reactions or judgements. Counselling may help you to reach your own solutions rather than being advertised or told what you should do.
Who Benefits From Counselling?
Counselling may be sought and given for one or more reasons:
- Implications counselling can help for both you and your partner to come to terms with your diagnosis and to understand more about the treatment you plan to have – what it involves and how it may affect you and those close to you, both at the present time and in the future. This may be especially important if your treatment will use donated eggs, sperm, embryos or surrogacy. Implications for any child born as a result of treatment may also be considered.
- Support counselling offers longer term to patients during and after treatment to help them cope with the uncertainties and stresses the attempting a pregnancy, or to help them face a future without their own genetic children.
- Therapeutic counselling may be appropriate for people who feel they need more intensive help to deal with depression, sexual difficulties or relationship matters which may arise from subfertility.
Whatever is discussed will remain confidential unless there are exceptional circumstances. Your permission will be sought before sharing any information you give your counsellor with other members of the team who may need to know.
How To Book An Appointment With A Counsellor
Appointments with our Fertility Counsellor, Gill Aldridge, can either be made by phone (01761 434464) or when you come to the clinic, and are available on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.
Gill is here to help you with or without your partner, at any stage before, during or after treatment, in a quiet private room. During the appointment, your emotions and feelings about the treatment can be discussed in an informal setting. We recommend that you allow up to an hour when coming for a counselling visit. You may need just one or two sessions or more regular appointments can be agreed if necessary. We offer up to three sessions on a complimentary basis.