Did your clinic offer / suggest Counselling?
ARoomSomewhere · 08/08/2018 20:43
I am a person who has had IVF (12 years ago).
At that time we were not offered Counselling tho we needed it.
I am a Counsellor and am thinking of specialising in Infertility.
I am trying to discover if there is a need / market for it?
ellesbellesxxx · 08/08/2018 20:46
My clinic offered it.. I didn’t take them up on it but good
ProfessionalBarren · 08/08/2018 21:06
I thought all clinics had to offer counselling now? Mine does and it’s part of the treatment costs during a cycle. I’m sure there’s a market for private counsellors too. There was certainly not enough when I was looking locally. Good luck.
Persipan · 08/08/2018 21:07
I had to have a counselling session because I'm using donor sperm, and then I had to have another one when I moved to donor eggs as well. My clinic have also always offered it at points along the way, but I don't take them up on it because it's not really my thing.
ARoomSomewhere · 08/08/2018 21:14
Oh this is encouraging thanks.
Our treatment 'worked' but my H never reconciled himself to our needing IVF and the marriage didnt survive. I know from a large fertility site in the UK that I am not alone in this experience. As i say back in 'our' day we were not offered Counselling and I think we could certainly have done with the option.
I hope it will be a very worthwhile area to go into.
physicskate · 08/08/2018 22:19
Definitely do it. I like ones for a counsellor outside clinic as clinic was an hour and a half away. Closest I could get was a grief counsellor, which helped masses, but she wasn't familiar with a lot of the tests and waiting etc...
Brilliant idea. I'm sorry you suffered so much...
ARoomSomewhere · 09/08/2018 08:31
thanks, that is really encouraging!
I think it helps that i know from my own experience that even if it 'works' it is not an easy process or one with the outcomes you hope or expect necessarily iyswim.
Yes, i agree you need a Counsellor who knows the 'lingo'. I remember when i was first told we'd need icsi (2002) it was a whole 'other world'!
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