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Fertility Counselling The experience of infertility can be very distressing and disruptive and feelings can range from despair, anger, anxiety and loneliness, to grief. The situation can also put a great strain on relationships, not only with a partner, wife or husband but with relatives and friends who may not fully understand what it is like to have fertility issues. It is hard to deal with other people announcing a pregnancy, having a baby or just seeing people enjoying family life. It is usually difficult to deal with the outcome of treatment if tests are negative or if the news is bad and understandable that anxiety about the future then increases. I have specialised for over 20 years in providing counselling for people affected by infertility. Counselling offers you a private place where you can explore difficult feelings and deal with the issues you are experiencing. It enables you to reduce the impact that infertility is having on your life, to talk through your options, prepare for treatment and have support afterwards. I also have a special interest is in working with people who are thinking about sperm, egg or embryo donation and with those for whom surrogacy is an option, all of which can give rise to a whole range of feelings and issues that may be difficult to manage. I provide a confidential space where you can safely explore the personal implications for you and those close to you, as well as an opportunity to discuss the legal framework for donation or surrogacy in the UK and receive the support you need before, during and after treatment. I offer a safe and supportive space for people who are struggling to deal with issues in their lives that affect them at a deeply personal level. It can be such a relief to talk about these problems in absolute confidence and together we can explore how it feels and how it might be changed. Counselling is so often a very liberating experience enabling people to free themselves of past and current emotional burdens. Loss It is important to mourn our losses and allow ourselves time to work through our grief if we are to reach some kind of resolution and move on in our lives. Counselling can play a vital part in helping people to deal with bereavement and also to provide support in anticipation of great loss. Couple Counselling Relationships are complicated and change over time. If couples find they are not understanding each other, not feeling understood and if they are becoming increasingly stressed, it is very painful. Person centred counselling helps people to find a way through this distress. Stress Management Stress comes in many forms and can have a very negative impact on peoples lives, sometimes leading to illness, absence from work and strain on personal relationships. I work with people to identify the sources of their stress and to learn how to reduce the effect it has upon them. It is very empowering and liberating to discover that you can be so much more in control.
Jennie has many years’ experience of providing counselling to people affected by infertility both in the UK and Australia. She works with couples and individuals, assisting them in dealing with the complex issues that can arise when it is difficult to conceive or carry a child. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Senior Accredited Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), as well as having qualifications in both stress management and couple counselling Jennie has a long-standing commitment to ensuring the highest quality of care in fertility counselling. She was the founding member and first chairperson of BICA, a committee member of the British Fertility Society and a Board member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She is currently Co-chair of BICA’s Training Committee and a member of the Imperial College Clinical Ethics Committee.