Why do we offer complimentary counselling?
We understand that going through fertility investigations and treatment can be, for many patients, emotionally and physically challenging. At Bath Fertility Centre we offer confidential counselling as part of our service. This is available to you either individually or as a couple.
We have a Fertility Counsellor, Gill Ford, available to all who attend the clinic. Gill is here to help you, with or without your partner, at any stage before, during or after treatment, in a quiet private room at the clinic. Your emotions and feelings about the treatment can be discussed in an informal setting within the clinic. Allow up to an hour 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.
You may wish to see our counsellor before you begin your treatment because you have been struggling to conceive. You may have had failed treatment elsewhere or perhaps it hasn’t worked as you hoped this time.
What does counselling involve?
Counselling involves talking in strict confidence with a trained and qualified counsellor about the 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 close relationships in some way; this may show itself in sexual problems or arguments, sadness or feeling misunderstood. 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 advised 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 both you and your partner 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 or embryos, or surrogacy. Implications for any child born as a result of treatment may also be considered.
- Support counselling offers longer term help to patients during and after treatment to help them cope with the uncertainties and stresses of attempting a pregnancy, or to help them face a future without their own genetic children.
- Therapeutic counselling may be appropriate for a very few people who feel they need more intensive help to deal with depression, sexual difficulties, or relationship matters which may arise from their 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 do I make an appointment to see a counsellor?
Appointments can be made either by phone or when you come to the clinic, and are available on Wednesday afternoon and evenings.
You may find our Coping with Fertility Issues leaflet useful.