Having a private place to go and talk freely to someone that you can trust.
Fertility treatment can be an emotional rollercoaster so getting support from people who can relate to what you’re going through is very important.
All our treatment packages include counselling as standard.
Fertility treatment is complex and can have a significant impact on patient wellbeing. Any clinic regulated by the HFEA must therefore be able to provide counselling services.
“Counsellors are trained to help others cope with emotional and social issues which can affect people of all ages.
You may be suffering from anxiety or depression, have relationship problems, low self-esteem, have been bereaved or be dealing with other difficult events. Counselling provides you with a chance to talk about your feelings and experiences in a safe place with someone who will listen to and support you.
Your counsellor will seek to understand, not judge and will work with you to make sense of your situation and make changes that improve your life.”
Accredited counsellors belonging to The British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) are trained to provide counselling to our patients.
“Infertility is known to be one of the most distressing experiences for anyone who expected to plan a family.
It is often a shock, threatening hopes and dreams of how they imagined the future. If this is happening to you, you may be surprised at hard it is to cope with your emotions and with being surrounded by other people’s babies and families.
Relatives, friends and colleagues may not be very understanding or realise how much grief you are feeling. Not everyone will appreciate that a miscarriage is a bereavement or that undergoing fertility treatments is stressful, offering hope and anxiety in equal measure.
You may have discovered that you need to think of alternative ways to create your family – through donation of sperm, eggs or embryos.
Surrogacy or adoption may have been suggested. The loss of having a child that is genetically related to you or your partner or not being able to give birth to your child can be an enormous loss.
In recognition of how complex these situations can be for people emotionally and socially, most clinics will encourage you to see their counsellor in order to explore the meaning of this option for you and to understand the implications for the future.”
We’ve partnered with Anthony Ryb – Senior BICA accredited counsellor – to provide our patients with fertility counselling. Here’s his story.
“Ive been providing counselling support for almost 20 years and specialise in grief, loss and bereavement and all the associated emotions that arise and potentially impact us as a result of this (anxiety, depression, low mood, anger, frustrations, confidence, trauma).
I have worked with children as young as 5 and adults who have reached 95 and supported individuals, couples and groups in a range of locations.
About 10 years ago aspects of my life and work led me into the in/fertility sector and alongside the bereavement and grief work which I continue to offer, I work with independent clinics, agencies, networks and consultants and am part of the team at the London Womens Clinic , The Bridge Clinic, The London Egg Bank, the London Sperm Bank and Fertility Network UK as well as privately supporting individuals and couples from around the world through all elements of the fertility journey, including IVF, using or being a donor, using or being a surrogate and exploring the implications of the varying treatment options.
Whomever it is that comes to see me, and for whatever the reason, I like to work collaboratively, establishing in the first instance how I can be of help and then working together to achieve this. Be it exploring options, finding a way through the stuckness, discovering ways to become motivated or whatever else is challenging at the current time.”
Complement your fertility treatment with our holistic support services – all delivered through our digital platform.