What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking-therapy that supports you in exploring your thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe environment, free from judgement or expectation.  It is well recognised that infertility or the challenges of trying to become pregnant, or of having had miscarriage, can have a significant negative impact on your mental health.   Such is the potential impact of fertility issues on women and couples, both The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)  recommends that counselling be offered to couples experiencing problems trying to conceive or needing IVF.

How Could It Help Me?

Counselling can help you to work through how you’re feeling (either alone or with your partner) as well as provide strategies to help you cope if things are tough.   This has been shown through research (and our own practice) to have a very positive impact on your mental well-being (and physical well-being too by virtue of reduced stress hormone production) and there is some evidence to show it may also contribute to increased pregnancy rates.   Above all though, counselling gives you meaningful, reliable support to help you navigate your way more comfortably through the challenges of trying to get (or stay) pregnant.