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Finding the right emotional support when you need it isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to something as personal and complex as donor conception, it can often be difficult to know where to start. In collaboration with BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) we’ve created a bespoke counsellor list, all of which have experience of supporting people through donor conception, with some exclusive discounts for Paths to Parenthub members. 

Emotional support is vital on this journey and so, whilst this platform offers hugely helpful community support, it isn’t a substitute for professional counselling if you need a more personal and professional one-to-one support.

Please note that counselling session prices are correct as of September 2020 and act as a guide, however these may increase individually from time-to-time. To take advantage of any of the discounts offered, please ensure you mention that you are a Paths to Parenthub member at the time of booking.

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Angela Pericleous-Smith

07771 885443

Angela.pericleoussmith@gmail.com

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Angela is Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and has practised as a specialist fertility counsellor for almost 20 years.

Angela offers support, therapeutic and implications counselling to couples and individuals exploring their fertility and considering assisted conception or fertility preservation and people experiencing infertility, secondary infertility and people who are involuntarily childless. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychoanalytical studies and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited member of BICA.  She is also a qualified Supervisor. Currently she is a Trainer with the BICA Training Group providing training to other fertility counsellors to improve and promote high standards of fertility counselling and is Deputy Chair of the BICA Accreditation Board.

Angela has co-authored BICA Guidelines for Good Practice in Fertility Counselling 4th Ed. 2019. Angela’s interests include all aspects of assisted conception, donation treatment, surrogacy and gender dysphoria and supporting patients before, during and after their treatment. She is passionate about supporting patients to make choices which feel right for them as they navigate the challenges faced by fertility.

Offering Face to face sessions in York, Telephone or Video platforms

£90 Implications session and £65 Therapeutic/Support Session

There is a 20% discount available for Paths to Parenthub members if you mention this at the time of booking.

 

Francine Blanchet

Francine has been a counsellor for 20 years and has a wide range of experience in individual and couple therapy. Francine’s specialist areas are infertility, miscarriage support, and donations, as well as counselling for couples who are thinking about having a family through adoption.

07881266788

francineblanchet@gmail.com

francineblanchetcounselling.co.uk

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M.A., Advanced diploma in counselling, B.A., BACP accred, BICA member

Offers virtual session through skype, zoom, Face Time.

I have been a counsellor for 20 years and have a wide range of experience in individual and couple therapy.

My specialist areas are infertility, miscarriage support, donations. I have been involved in this field since 2012.

I also offer counselling to those couples for whom their fertility treatment is coming to an end and who are thinking about having a family through donation and or adoption.

I counsel couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships – either due to infertility difficulties or for other personal reasons.

And finally, I have experience in supporting those who sadly may be going through divorce or separation.

Fees: Normally £45 per session or £55 for a couple. Francine is offering an exclusive discount for Paths to Parent hub members of £40 per session or £50 per session for couples.

Gill Aldridge

Gill supports individuals, heterosexual and same sex couples, in the UK and abroad, through all aspects of fertility treatment, including IUI, IVF, surrogacy and donor conception. She also works with those who have suffered miscarriage and stillbirth.

07802252522

gill_ford@hotmail.com

therelationshipcounsellors.com

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BSc Psych/Advanced Dip Couples Counselling/PGDip Psychosexual Counselling

Currently sessions via Zoom, Skype, Phone. Once face to face sessions are reinstated they will be in BA14 6HH.

Life brings many challenges, and I believe that counselling offers a safe space to think and reflect in times of crisis and decision making.

I am an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, which simply means that I have studied multiple theories, drawing on Psychodynamic, Systemic and Narrative Therapy, and where relevant using CBT ( Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). I qualified with a BSc in Psychology and initially trained with the Relate UA Diploma Couple Counselling course, working with individuals and couples for a number of years. Recognising that so many of my clients were struggling with issues in their sex lives, I then took a Post Graduate diploma in Psychosexual therapy, and also trained as Fertility Counsellor. I regularly attend training and am particularly interested in attachment, loss, addiction and trauma.

As an accredited member of the BACP, I work with individuals and couples in the private, voluntary and NHS sectors, practising in the U.K. and abroad. Working with relationship issues, communication difficulties, anxiety and stress, I am also a Sex Therapist and member of COSRT, specialising in physical and psychological sexual difficulties as well as sex addiction. As a specialist Fertility Counsellor and accredited member of BICA, I support individuals, heterosexual and same sex couples through all aspects of fertility treatment, including IUI, IVF, surrogacy and donor conception. I work with those who have suffered miscarriage and stillbirth, and help clients deal with the stress of infertility.

Fees – £60 per hour

Dr Katherine Ferdenzi

Dr Katherine Ferdenzi is an experienced Clinical Psychologist based in Chester offering face to face appointments and also remote support. Katherine offers specialist therapeurtic help and support to couples who are experiencing difficulties in conceiving, women or men who are experiencing difficulties during pregnancy, or as a result of childbirth, or in the early years of a child’s life.

01244 671724

07936571806

drferdenzi@cheshirepsychology.co.uk

Cheshire Psychological Therapy, 141 Hough Green, Chester CH4 8JR

cheshirepsychology.co.uk

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Chartered Clinical Psychologist. BSc(hons) D.Clin Psych. AFBPsS.

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director of Cheshire Psychological Therapy. I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist and have worked for 20 years in both private practice and within NHS teams. I am based in Chester and can offer face to face appointments in a safe and private environment but can also offer therapeutic support remotely. I am able to offer specialist therapeutic help and support to couples who are experiencing difficulties in conceiving, women or men who are experiencing difficulties during pregnancy, or as a result of childbirth, or in the early years of a child’s life.

I am a specialist in the Psychological factors involved in maternal and infant mental health, gender development and reproductive growth and development, infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technology (AIT) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), pregnancy, miscarriage and abortion, donor conception and surrogacy, labour and delivery and the postnatal period.

I also have an interest in working with Women who are experiencing specific reproductive lifespan events such as the psychological impact of menarche, the menstrual cycle, endometriosis and fibroids, premenstrual syndromes, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Tension (PMT), the Perimenopause, The Menopause and Premature Ovarian Failure and Hysterectomy.

I have previously set up and managed a specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service in the NHS and maintain a special interest and up to date experience and knowledge in this field, and link into other local services in Cheshire and North Wales. I am able to offer bespoke packages of therapeutic care to individuals, couples and parents on a flexible and private basis.

 

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I offer a free 10 minute phone consultation to all enquires which is an opportunity for me to check that I would be the best person to help you and to make suggestions for other professionals who may be able to offer what you are looking for if I am not. This phone call also gives you the chance to see whether you feel comfortable speaking to me. Appointments are charged privately at £130 for an initial assessment appointment (90 minutes), and following this £95 per therapy session (50 minutes). I can offer a 10% reduction in fees to Paths to Parent-Hub enquires for up to an including the first 5 sessions. Fees include costs for brief letters to referrers, and brief text, phone or email contact in between sessions as necessary. There will be a charge for longer assessment reports or letters on request. I am registered with all of the main private health insurance providers including AXA, Bupa, Aviva, WPA, Cigna and Vitality Health. Please contact them to discuss your policy and to arrange for authorisation.

Alison Elliott

Alison is based in Glasgow and offers face to face appointments and Zoom calls. She has worked with fertility issues for ten years and has been employed by Glasgow Royal infirmary as a fertility counsellor for over four years.

07766835160

Alison.elliot@yahoo.co.uk

alisonelliotcounsellinglasgow.co.uk

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I offer zoom calls and face to face work (when the time is right!) in Glasgow.

I am an accredited counsellor with BICA, BACP and UKCP. I have a Masters in Public Health from Glasgow University, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, Certificate in Counselling Supervision through Reflective Practice and Certificate in Couples therapy from Strathclyde University. I have worked with fertility issues for ten years and have been employed by Glasgow Royal infirmary as a fertility counsellor for over four years. I enjoy working with single people or couples thinking about donor conception. I have a variety of experience working with single, same sex, transgender and heterosexual couples who have attended Implications counselling with a known donor or those who have opted to go abroad with an anonymous donor. We work with all cultures and those who have a variety of religious believes which may impact on their decision making.

I am a person centred counsellor believing that my client is the expert of their experience and my role is to empower them to make the right decisions for them through offering unconditional positive regard, a non judgemental space and a safe environment to explore and talk through the complexities of becoming a parent to a donor conceived child. I am able to sign post parents to reading material, websites to research consider and reflect on the process and whether it is the correct option for them. I have worked in Perth and Sydney, Australia, Upper Hutt in New Zealand and Tampa, Florida which has broadened my horizons and understanding of differing attitudes and perspectives. I specialise in complex trauma (and offer EMDR) and sexuality issues.

Fees – I charge £45 for individuals and £60 for couples but would be willing to offer potential intended parents £40 and £55 for couples.

Sandra Lawrence

Sandra Lawrence is an experienced face to face counsellor for over 30 years in the NHS. She has also been working virtually by Skype and telephone for over 15 years. Most of her work has been in Women’s Health Counselling and independent general counselling. She is a qualified nurse and midwife and a PGCE trained teacher. 

07494593360

redhibiscus.talk@yahoo.com

redhibiscuscounselling.co.uk

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RN RM DN (Lond), Pg Dip Couns,  Mclin Sci Psychoanalytic  Psychotherapy,  PGCE. BACP Acc (Senior Practitioner) BICA Acc

Sandra Lawrence is an experienced face to face counsellor for over 30 years in the NHS.  She has also been working virtually by Skype and telephone for over 15 years . Most of her work has been in Women’s Health Counselling and independent general counselling. She is a qualified nurse and midwife and a PGCE trained teacher.  She was trained at The University of Hertfordshire in client centred and psychodynamic models of counselling, winning the University’s prize for high standard of care in Pregnancy Related stress in Women’s Health Care. She achieved her Masters in Clinical Science in Psychotherapy at the University of Kent in Canterbury. She also did some Relate and CBT training and integrates her models with her healthcare experience to help her clients.

Sandra now mainly works virtually. She is registered with the Information Commissioning Office (ICO) . She provides Implications counselling and support counselling for Infertility patients, in line with HFEA regulations. Sandra has experience working on site in regulated infertility treatment centre as well as working off site with patients from treatment centres . She has experience working with donor conception and other forms of infertility care. She sees men and women, couples and individuals and is non gender specific in her counselling work. She takes a keen interest in donor conception to help families build happy fulfilling lives.

Sandra ‘s Counselling fees are reviewed yearly. The 2020 fee is £55 per 50 min individual session. Couple sessions for implications counselling cost £80 for an hour and half.

As all sessions are virtual, fees are paid at least 24 hrs before the session by pay pal or bank transfer. All clients referred by Defining Mum have a 10% fee discount on the first six sessions.

Heather Bonfield

Heather offers consultations via Zoom, Duo and telephone, as well as face to face appointments in Wellingborough. She works with people who are deciding whether to use Donor Conception. Heather also works with people intending to use a Surrogate or be a Surrogate.

01933 741956

07880683762

heather.bonfield@yahoo.com

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I am a registered member of BACP and an Accredited member of BICA
I have CPCAB Level 5 Adv Dip in Psychotheraputic Counselling.
CPCAB Level 4 Dip in Psychotheraputic Counselling
CPCAP Cert in Counselling Skills & Studies.
I am also a clinical Supervisor.

Offer consultations via Zoom, Duo and Telephone. I can offer Face to Face in Wellingborough.

I have been working in a fertility clinic since 2009 to the present.
2005-2015 I worked in a rehabilitation unit in Luton this involved 1:1 and group therapy.
2005-2009 I worked with individuals at Hitchin Counselling Service.

My work at the fertility clinic involves providing emotional support to people receiving fertility treatment. I work with people who are deciding whether to use Donor Conception.

My role involves exploring the implications involved in using donor gametes or being a Donor. I also work with people intending to use a Surrogate or be a Surrogate.

I have been in this role for a long time now my drive is and always has been to help people going through the heart break and isolation of infertility.

Fees – I charge £40 for a counselling session but I would be happy to offer a 10% discount to Paths to Parent Hub members.

Ophra Gilead

Ophra offers short and long-term therapy, face to face in London or remotely, in English and Hebrew. Ophra specialises in fertility issues and donor conception with individuals and couples.

020 8361 4414

ophra@ophragilead.co.uk

ophragileadtherapy.co.uk

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Senior Accredited member of BACP and BICA.

Offers short- and long-term therapy.

Based in London.

Face to face therapy and remotely.

Offers therapy in English and Hebrew.

 

Therapist and supervisor, group facilitator and trainer.

Over 25 years with the NHS, Private, Voluntary, and educational sectors.

Specializes in fertility issues and donor conception with individuals and couples.

Was also trained with Relate and Anna Freud / Tavistock on working with relationships and the impact of fertility treatment.

Fee: £80 for an individual £90 for couples. 10% discount for Paths to Parent Hub members

Liz Fowles

Liz is a Counselling Practitioner offering appointments via telephone, video and face to face in North East England. She specialises in loss of pregnancy, recurrent miscarriage and enjoys working with individuals and couples considering treatment via the donor route.

07505 874092

GFCounsellingService@virginmedia.com

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BA Counselling (hons); BTEC L4 Working with Substance Misuse; Diploma in Counselling; Intermediate Certificate in Counselling; Management of Drug Misuse Part 1, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, ITEP Mapping Satisfying DANOS Competencies, Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist; BICA Accredited, BACP Accredited.

 

Telephone, Video and Face to Face in North East England

 

I am a fully qualified, registered and accredited with the BACP and BICA, Counselling Practitioner.  I am passionate about individuals and couples receiving the best care possible when considering using a donor or donors.  I have extensive experience of working in a NHS Assisted Reproduction Unit and working with fertility clients in my private practice.   I specialise in loss of pregnancy, recurrent miscarriage and I really enjoy working with individuals and couples considering treatment via the donor route.

£45/per counselling hour (50 mins) for individuals and £60 per counselling hour for couples. 10% discount for Paths to Parent hub members

Louise Magee

Louise is a specialist fertility counsellor working at a clinic in Eastbourne, combining her scientific and therapeutic skills to provide a unique support for couples and individuals who are struggling to conceive and are going through infertility treatment. She also works online with clients who are based all over the country.

07748498095

louisemageetherapy@gmail.com

louisemageetherapy.com

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Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual  and Relationship Therapy, Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling, Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy, Certificate in Neonatal and Infant loss, Certificate in counselling skills and theories, Certificate in Clinical Embryology, Pg.Dip Clinical Embryology, M.Phil Reproductive Immunology

I currently offer confidential online therapy sessions via Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. I offer short and long term work.

I have a unique background as a therapist having studied as a pure clinical scientist in reproductive immunology. After graduation, I trained as a clinical embryologist with Lord Professor Robert Winston at Hammersmith Hospital before continuing my embryological professional development at Guys and St Thomas’s. As I began my therapeutic practice, I naturally found myself working with sex and relationships and then specialised in psychosexual therapy and then couple relationships. I am fortunate to have been able to combine my scientific and therapeutic skills and provide a unique support for couples and individuals who are struggling to conceive and who are going through infertility treatment.  I integrate my experiential, emotional and therapeutic tools to support clients at a pace that they define for themselves. I also support clients who choose to use donor gametes and embryos and I am a member of the donor conception network. I am a specialist fertility counsellor working at a clinic in Eastbourne but I also work on line with clients who are based all over the country providing them with therapeutic support and implications counselling. 

My fees are:

£50 for daytime / £60 evening individual therapy sessions

£65 for daytime / £75 evening for a couples therapy session

If you book 5 sessions you will get the 6th one free, please mention this at the time of first contact.

Sandra Hewett

Sandra currently offers online appointments via Zoom or Skype. Sandra is an experienced general and fertility counsellor who helps with the emotional and practical aspects of fertility challenges, IVF, donor conception, surrogacy and fertility preservation.

07979 691684

sandra@cloudtalk.me.uk

cloudtalk.me.uk

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BACP (Accred) AMBICA. BA (Hons), FdA Counselling (University of Greenwich)

Currently offering online – Zoom or Skype

Sandra is an experienced general and fertility counsellor, seeing fertility patients attending NHS and private clinics, as well as private clients. She helps with the emotional and practical aspects of fertility challenges, IVF, donor conception, surrogacy and fertility preservation.

She brings personal experience of donor conception and is a member and facilitator of the Donor Conception Network, and helps couples and individuals embarking on this route.

 

Fees: £80 Individual, £90 Couple

5% discount offered for Paths to Parent Hub members

Jackie Riley

Jackie works with individuals and couples, face to face in Southampton, by telephone or by Skype. She has years of experience in working with clients going through their fertility journey which often results in considering the use of donated eggs or spermatozoon or embryos.

01308 868 949

07732 556187

jackierileycounselling.com

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Counsellor, Psychosexual psychotherapist, EMDR practioner. Relate Accredited, Senior COSRT Accredited practioner, AMBICA, UKCP registered.

Deals with individuals and couples. Working face to face, by telephone and Skype.

I trained as a therapist in 1993 and as a Psychosexual therapist in 1999. I have been working attached to a fertility centre since 1998, in Reading, London, Basingstoke and now Southampton. I thus have years of experience in this area and am an Accredited member of the British Infertility Counselling Association adhering to their ethics and professional practice.

I have years of experience of working with clients going through their fertility journey which often results in considering the use of donated eggs or spermatozoon or embryos. This is a complex area and it is vital that clients get support and the opportunity to explore all the implications for them and any resulting baby.

It is a rewarding part of my work and there is a so much help and support available that I am able to direct my clients to in addition to working with me.

I charge £50 for individual therapy and £60 for couple therapy. 5% discount for Paths to Parent hub members after session one.

Suze Fisher

Suze offers appointments by telephone, Facetime or online. She also offers face to face appointments in Wandsworth. Suze has been working in the field of Infertility Counselling for over 30 years with a focus on both support/ therapeutic issues and on all areas of donor conception. 

suze.e.fisher@gmail.com

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AMBICA, Diploma in Counselling.

Telephone, Facetime or other virtual.

Face to face in Wandsworth

I have been working in the field of Infertility Counselling for over 30 years. During this time I have worked in several HFEA licensed units, with a focus on both support/ therapeutic issues and on all areas of donor conception. I am an ex Chair of BICA and have been a professional member of DC Network for many years.

Price for sessions: £65 per session. 10% discount for hub members

Helen Rowland

Helen offers virtual sessions on Zoom supporting individuals, same-sex couples and heterosexual couples with their treatment. She is experienced in exploring the implications of donor conception (sperm donation/ egg donation/ double donation) and also works with people considering surrogacy.

helenrowlandcounselling@gmail.com

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Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB); Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (CPCAB);  Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (80 CPD hours) ( Counselling Tutor); I’m an active member of BICA and also an accredited member of BACP.  MBACP (Accred).

Virtual sessions on Zoom

I have a particular interest in fertility and in grief and loss. I have experience in a London fertility clinic, supporting individuals, same-sex couples and heterosexual couples with their treatment, and with all the emotions that fertility issues can stir up. I am comfortable and experienced in exploring the implications of donor conception (sperm donation/ egg donation/ double donation) with people considering building their family this way, and I also work with people considering surrogacy.

I believe finding support, connection and community can make a real difference when navigating issues around fertility -it can be a real rollercoaster of emotions, so it’s important to practice self-care and let selected others support you too.

Price for sessions: £75 – reduction of 10% for hub members

Caroline Spencer

Caroline offers virtual sessions as well as face-to-face sessions in South West London. Caroline is a fertility counsellor and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist working with those undergoing general IVF and other fertility treatments and has a particular interest in working with those who are thinking about creating families through donation.

07770 917114

caroline@caroline-spencer.com

caroline-spencer.com

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MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Goldsmiths University, London, and Accredited Member of BABCP and AREBT. Dip in Cog Behavioural Hypnotherapy, trained coach and Ex-Nurse.

Virtual sessions by Zoom, Skype and telephone as well as face-to-face sessions in South West London (all sessions are virtual at the moment due to COVID-19)

Caroline Spencer, is a fertility counsellor and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist working in one of the major London fertility clinics as well as in private practice. She has worked extensively with single women, heterosexual and same-sex couples before, during and after treatment.

Caroline is passionate about working with those experiencing infertility and social infertility. She works with those undergoing general IVF and other fertility treatments and has a particular interest in working with those who are thinking about creating families through donation. She recognises the unique circumstances and complex emotions involved in creating and raising a family this way, first speaking out about this over nine years ago.

She is a former trustee of the Donor Conception Network and remains involved in the Charity now. Caroline has spoken nationally and internationally on infertility and donor conception and has conducted and presented her own research on the thoughts and feelings that accompany childlessness / donor conception at events such as the Fertility Show, Fertility Fest and ESHRE.

Caroline has an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural having studied the two major CBT approaches (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Therapy CT), to Masters level. Caroline is also a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and will use both hypnotherapy and mindfulness in her practice when clinically indicated and agreed with the client. Caroline’s background includes over 15 years working in global healthcare and pharmaceutical communication having originally started her career as a nurse. Caroline is an accredited member of BABCP and AREBT.

 

Price £75.00 per session with 5% reduction for first 3 sessions

Jane Boden

Jane offers online or telephone sessions, as well as face to face sessions in Cottingham. Jane is a fertility counsellor with an interest in all matters related to infertility and in particular, donor conception.

0794644230

01482 875004

janeboden1@gmail.com

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PGDip MSc PhD MBACP(Accred) SAMBICA (Senior Accredited Member of BICA).

Currently offering online sessions and via the telephone.

F2F sessions when safe to do so at Holly House Clinic • 199 Hull Road • Cottingham • HU6 8RG

I retrained as a therapist in 1996 and worked initially as a voluntary counsellor for CRUSE Bereavement Care, eventually working for many years as a counsellor in GP Practice.  In 1999, alongside my GP work, I became fertility counsellor for the Hull IVF Unit and I continue to provide counselling and support for the Unit. I opened my own practice in 2002. I completed my doctorate in counselling in 2006 and my research focused on infertility and how clients made sense of their lives after treatment failed.  I have taught for several years in the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Hull, teaching counselling and coaching. Currently, alongside my practice as a specialist fertility counsellor, I am employed on a part-time basis by the BACP as an Accreditation Assessor. I provide consultative supervision for CRUSE supervisors and sit on the BICA Board of Accreditation. I continue to maintain an interest in all matters related to infertility and in particular, donor conception.

 

Price for sessions  £60 per session

Helen George

Helen is based in North London and offers sessions online and by telephone. She is an experienced and fully qualified BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor specialising in supporting women who are experiencing fertility issues and going through treatment, including donor conception.

07595 176 631

helen@helengeorgetherapy.co.uk

helengeorgetherapy.co.uk

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Fertility Counselling, Psychotherapy and EMDR Trauma Therapy for Women. MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, BICA Foundation Course for Infertility Counselling, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trauma Therapy, Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression.

I am based at the OneTwoFive Therapy rooms which is located in Finsbury Park, North London.

Due to Covid-19 I am currently only offering online and telephone therapy sessions.

I am an experienced and fully qualified BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I am also a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association and specialise in supporting women who are experiencing fertility issues and going through treatment, including donor conception.

The uncertainties surrounding infertility and treatment outcomes can be very distressing and have a significant impact on a woman’s emotional wellbeing. It can put a strain on relationships, not only with a partner, but also with others who may not fully understand what it is like to have fertility issues and leave women feeling isolated and alone. For women of colour from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, this can be even more difficult due to the silence in some communities about infertility and cultural beliefs surrounding children and family. I offer women a safe and confidential space to explore all the difficulties that they are experiencing whilst going through this emotional and uncertain time in their lives.

Price for sessions:
I currently charge £60 for a 50 minute therapy session – including the initial consultation
EMDR (trauma therapy) costs £75 and may last up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

*For Path to Parents Hub members I offer the initial consultation at a reduced rate of £30

Vicky Parkin

Vicky is a specialist infertility counsellor offering sessions via Skype, Zoom and telephone. Vicky offers Implications counselling sessions, including a full report to your clinic, to explore what treatment will involve, your feelings around this and the lasting implications for you and those close to you.  

07887527955

info@vickyparkin.co.uk

vickyparkin.co.uk

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Diploma in counselling. BICA accredited.

Skype, Zoom and telephone.

My name is Vicky and I am a specialist infertility counsellor. I have training as a general counsellor and I am a member of the BACP. I hold an enhanced DBS check. After completing my training I have also undertaken additional learning to specialise in infertility and I am an accredited member of BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association), I am also on the BICA executive committee.  I think counselling can be seen as a scary word – some people I think feel it implies they can’t cope – this couldn’t be further from the truth. I much prefer to think of it as support at a very difficult time, my own personal journey taught me just how helpful this type of help can be.

If you are using or donating gametes (e.g. donor sperm, eggs or embryos) these feeling can be exasperated and it’s likely you will need a safe space in which to explore what treatment will involve, your feelings around this and the lasting implications for you and those close to you.  Additionally your clinic may require an implications counselling session be carried out prior to your treatment. I offer Implications counselling sessions including a full report to your clinic at a time to suit you via telephone, Skype or Zoom.

Infertility can affect all your relationships – including the relationship with you partner, with relatives, friends and even colleagues at work. Additionally your self-esteem and sexual relationships may take a battering. Counselling is vital, it gives you a confidential safe space and some support during what may be a very difficult time. Furthermore infertility counselling can often be a great stress reliever, which, of course, can only help during a treatment cycle. It can be quite practical, we can look at strategies that can be put in place to cope with a treatment cycle, things that will make it more manageable, including making a plan for the infamous two week wait.

Counselling can be a way of acknowledging what a difficult journey you are undertaking and can be a way of getting the support that is right for you. I realise when you are having treatment time is often of the essence and with this in mind I offer Skype, Zoom and telephone sessions. I feel this makes counselling much more accessible and flexible, I offer early morning and evening sessions. Please do feel free to give me a call or email me so we can look at how best I maybe able to support you.

 

Price for sessions: £80