Fertility treatment can be an exceptionally stressful time for many patients and their partners. Friends, relatives and colleagues may not appreciate the degree to which this can impact on the day to day lives of those going through the fertility process.
In addition to this, many complex psychological, social and legal issues can arise from the treatment process. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority state that fertility counselling is a key element in the provision of fertility services. It should be offered before, during and after treatment and provides a safe environment for you to discuss your feelings with an experienced Fertility Counsellor.
There are different types of counselling that may be relevant to your situation. Therapeutic counselling, for example, can be a great opportunity to explore your feelings, coping strategies, options and relationships issues. The counselling can be accessed by couples, or sometimes patients prefer to attend these sessions alone.
Implications counselling is essential for patients who intend to use donor sperm. This provides a forum for you to explore the emotional and legal aspects of these types of treatment. This type of counselling is also essential for those donating sperm.
Occasionally we may advise patients that they require Genetic Counselling. This type of counselling is not provided by BPAS, so you would be referred on to access this if required.
All of our Counsellors at BPAS adhere to the regulatory guidelines set out by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). This ensures you receive high-quality counselling to help you through your journey with us.