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 is Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and has practised as a specialist fertility counsellor for almost 20 years. She offers Face to face sessions in York, Telephone or Video platforms.
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
£95 Implications session and £70 Therapeutic/Support Session
There is a 20% discount available for Paths to Parenthub members if you mention this at the time of booking.
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.
M.A., Advanced diploma in counselling, B.A., AMBICA, BICA accreditated
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 £55 per session or £65 for a couple. Francine is offering an exclusive discount for Paths to Parent hub members of £50 per session or £60 per session for couples.
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. She is a sex therapist, EMDR (Trauma) trained and is the Counsellor at CARE Bath Fertility Clinic.
BSc Psych / Advanced Dip Couples Counselling / PGDip Psychosexual Counselling / EMDR trained / BICA fertility Counsellor
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.
In 2022 I completed EMDR training and use this with trauma work. 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 – from £65 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.
Cheshire Psychological Therapy, 141 Hough Green, Chester CH4 8JR
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 £110 for couples. 10% discount for Paths to Parent Hub members
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.
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 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.
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 currently offers online appointments via Zoom or Skype. Sandra is an experienced fertility counsellor who helps with the emotional and practical aspects of fertility challenges, IVF, donor conception, surrogacy and fertility preservation.
BACP (Accred) AMBICA. BA (Hons), FdA Counselling (University of Greenwich)
Currently offering online – Zoom or Skype
Sandra is an experienced 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
Can also offer a reduction of £10 on both fees
Jackie works with individuals and couples, face to face in Dorset and Basingstoke, or by telephone or Skype. She has over twenty 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.
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.
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.
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 is an accredited fertility counsellor and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist (AMBICA, BABCP and AREBT) working in one of the major London fertility clinics as well as in private practice. She has worked extensively with single and individual women and men, heterosexual and same-sex couples, before, during and after treatment.
Caroline is passionate about working with those experiencing infertility and social infertility offering support, therapeutic and implications counselling. She works with those undergoing fertility preservation, general IVF and other fertility treatments, and has a particular interest in working with those who are thinking about creating families through donation and surrogacy. She recognises the unique circumstances and complex emotions involved in creating and raising a family this way having personal experience of donation.
Caroline is on the Executive Committee for the British Infertility Counselling Association. She is also a former trustee of the Donor Conception Network and remains involved in the Charity now as a facilitator. 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 Therapy, having studied the two major CBT approaches (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Therapy CT), to Masters level. Caroline’s background includes over 15 years working in global healthcare and pharmaceutical communication, having originally started her career as a nurse.
Caroline conducts sessions with clients through telephone and video platforms e.g. Zoom, Skype, etc. She also offers face to face sessions in Wandsworth, London.
Fees are £75.00 per session, with a 10% discount for Paths to Parenthub members.
Jane offers online or telephone sessions. Jane is a fertility counsellor with an interest in all matters related to infertility and in particular, donor conception.
Currently offering online sessions and via the telephone.
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: £70 per session
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.
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
Dr Miriam Inder is a Perinatal Clinical Psychologist, providing specialist psychological therapy for people who have experienced reproductive trauma. Miriam provides specialist psychological therapy, creating a safe space for you to make sense of your experiences, process what has happened and shape your journey ahead.
I am Dr Miriam Inder, Perinatal Clinical Psychologist, providing specialist psychological therapy for people who have experienced reproductive trauma. You shouldn’t have to struggle alone with grief and trauma after experiences like difficulty conceiving, invasive tests and diagnoses, fertility treatments, donor-assisted conception or miscarriage. I provide specialist psychological therapy, creating a safe space for you to make sense of your experiences, process what has happened and shape your journey ahead.
BA, MBACP, AMBICA. Wendy has been a fertility counsellor since 1996 and has a wide range of expertise in all aspects of this area. She specialises in miscarriage counselling and is a specialist counsellor for the Donor Conception Network. Although based in Bristol, she’s still currently working virtually – by Zoom, Facetime, Skype and phone.
- BA Hons in Psychology (University of Sussex)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Bristol)
- Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
For further information see http://www.BACP.co.uk
- Accredited Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association
For further information see http://www.bica.net
I’ve been a fertility counsellor since 1996 and, as such, have a wide range of expertise in all aspects of this area.
In addition, I specialise in miscarriage counselling.
A major part of my work involves counselling those who are trying to conceive a baby using donated eggs, donated sperm and, occasionally, donated embryos and so I have a wealth of experience in this field.
I’m also a specialist counsellor for the Donor Conception Network.
How I work
Although based in Bristol, I’m still currently working virtually – by Zoom, Facetime, Skype and phone.
Many of the people I see use my service as an emotional resource and contact me as and when they need support. As such, I do not give any recommendation for the number, frequency or regularity of sessions but rather try to work around the needs of each individual or couple I see.
I can be very flexible and will always try to work with you around your availability. I offer daytime appointments, some evening appointments and Saturday morning appointments.
My normal fee is £60 per individual session and £70 for a couples session but I offer a discount for ‘Paths to Parenthub’ members of £50 and £60 respectively. Please quote this in your initial enquiry.
Why ongoing support is helpful for those going down a path to parenthood using a donor:
Having to accept that you may never have a genetic baby of your own is a massive loss that cannot be underestimated. The grieving process involved in coming to accept this can take a considerable time and so ongoing support may be needed while you adjust to the news.
The implications of having a child that is not made from your genetic material are complex and wide-ranging. Having time to think about what it all means to you as you explore any fears, worries and concerns, can assist you in feeling more and more comfortable about having a family in this unconventional way
Debbie has been supporting individuals and couples with their fertility journey since 2015. She offers online (zoom) or telephone counselling appointments.
I am currently offering online (zoom) or telephone counselling appointments.
The support sessions would be chargeable at £60.00 per hour with a 10% discount for those clients who quote Paths to Parenthub on enquiry.