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Going through fertility treatment is a big life decision and can impact many areas of your life, both physically and emotionally. Sometimes, it can feel as though your life is on hold while you’re trying to have a family, and this can make it difficult to move forward or plan your future.

It can also be challenging finding someone to talk to and confide in who understand what you are going through. This can be extremely isolating and may cause your anxieties and fears to dictate your daily life. Our counsellors are here so you can express your emotions freely in a supportive environment.

What is fertility counselling?

Fertility counselling allows you to explore your emotions surrounding fertiliy. As experts in fertility, we know that talking through your concerns with a trained and qualified professional can help you cope, make the best choices for you and feel in control again.

Counselling support

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority states that fertility counselling UK is a key element in the provision of fertility services for all patients. There are many complex psychological and social issues that can arise from infertility and fertility treatment. At TFP, we are sensitive to the emotional impact of this.

We know that fertility treatments can be extremely stressful and that’s why, as part of our ongoing patient care, we provide counselling at any time before, during or after treatment. When undergoing fertility treatments at TFP, you will never be alone. We are with you every step of the way.

Who can have fertility counselling?

We provide fertility counselling for anyone undergoing treatment with us, whether on their own or with a partner. We can provide counselling for fertility problems that help support individuals, couples and even groups, depending on your treatment plan and the recommendation of our clinical consultants. Our counselling services aren’t just for those times when things may not go as planned. They are available throughout your time at TFP.

Counselling that supports your mental health

We know that fertility treatments can take a toll on your mental health and if you don’t have anyone to talk to about it, your fertility journey can be a lonely one. Alongside all of our treatment options, we offer counselling that you can rely on. We offer support on an individual basis or for couples to give you support on your journey to start a family.

The types of fertility counselling we provide

When having fertility treatment at TFP, you will come across many different types of counselling. Depending on your personal circumstances, your treatment plan and your preferences, we will suggest the best counselling option for you.

Support fertility counselling

Fertility treatments can be extremely emotional, and this can have a significant impact on your relationship with your partner, family members and friends. Often it can feel like nobody understands what you are going through and you’re alone in your feelings and experiences. Support counselling can be a great opportunity to explore your feelings, coping strategies, options and relationship issues.

Support counselling provides support to help you adjust and consider both the short-term and the long-term consequences of fertility treatment. It may be that you require support at different stages of treatment. At TFP, we provide support counselling at any time before, during or after treatment.

Implications fertility counselling

Implications counselling is for those people going through assisted conception treatment using donor eggs, sperm or embryos. It is also for those patients using a surrogate.

Implications counselling is strongly recommended to those who are using donated sperm, embryos or eggs, and is mandatory for anyone involved in surrogacy arrangements. We offer implications counselling before treatment to explore the emotional and legal aspects of these treatment options.

Unsuccessful IVF treatment counselling

Sometimes, IVF treatment is unsuccessful and in these circumstances we encourage fertility counselling. This gives you the chance to talk with a specialist counsellor about how you are feeling individually and as a couple, and what your options are going forwards. Taking the time to process these feelings is extremely important and our counselling services provide you a safe environment for this.

Counselling support when adapting to parenthood

Many people who have successfully had a baby after fertility treatment find that adapting to parenthood can be difficult. This can be for a number or reasons, such as pressure building up relationally throughout the stress of treatment or simply the shock of becoming parents after having tried for so long.

Whatever the reason, just because you’ve wanted a family for a long time doesn’t mean that you won’t find it hard. If you do find adjusting to parenthood difficult, it is important you have someone to talk to. At TFP we provide counselling services after treatment so that you have the support you need.

Fertility counselling confidentiality

Counselling at TFP is a confidential and supportive service that you can access at any time before, during or after your fertility treatment.

Counsellors follow regulatory guidelines set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). Information you disclose is confidential and will not be fed back to any other member of TFP staff, unless it causes concern about harm to yourself, others around you or the welfare of the future child. In this instance, the counsellor will talk to you first and find the best way forward.

The BACP and BICA require that your counsellor is independently supervised outside counselling sessions. As such, they may anonymously share some information with their supervisor as part of their own continuing professional development.

Contact us today to discuss our counselling availability

If you are feeling stressed and need support, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team so appropriate help and advice can be given to you through the difficult days. We want to help you prepare for any situation that may arise so we encourage the use of counselling services to assist you through your treatment.


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