Fertility treatment can be stressful and cause anxiety. It can sometimes affect relationships. Patients often report experiencing feelings of sadness, pain, anxiety, guilt, anger, isolation and grief. Supportive counselling offers a safe and confidential place to explore feelings and thoughts and to discuss ways of coping. As patients may find that they need support at different stages of treatment, supportive counselling can be undertaken before, during or after the treatment.
Counselling provides individuals and couples with an opportunity to discuss their thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a confidential environment to help them see things with more clarity and gain a better understanding of the potential implications of their decisions.
The GENNET City Fertility counselling service is confidential and independently provided by counsellors who are BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) as well as BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited members.
Two free supportive sessions of counselling are included in the treatment packages (apart from IUI treatment where only 1 session is included).
It is recommended by the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) that patients considering treatment using egg, sperm or embryo donation are offered counselling to explore the possible implications of doing so. At GENNET City Fertility one implication counselling session is mandatory before any intended treatment using donor gametes (eggs or sperm) or donor embryos.
The aim of implication counselling is to explore the social, ethical and legal implications of donation, as well as provide the patients with the opportunity to discuss their concerns and anxieties.