Infertility Counselling

Having a baby is something most of us take for granted, until we find ourselves facing potential or real infertility. Most times we arrive at this place of uncertainty without a plan for dealing with the emotional aspects associated with infertility. For many, the stress of dealing with disappointments, fears, sadness, anger, and medical treatments is overwhelming. Research has shown that extreme stress can negatively affect our health. So it can be in your best interests to learn new ways of coping with the emotional rollercoaster of infertility.

I have done graduate level research in counselling women with fertility challenges. The research found that helping women and their partners learn to manage their fears, and improve their ability to support one another can positively influence their pursuit of parenthood. Using techniques to calm the physical symptoms of stress, such as breathing exercises and imagery, I can assist couples face the future with greater focus and improved decision making abilities. Improving the communication within the relationship can help individuals achieve a greater sense of balance and well-being. Strategies for dealing with friends and family are discussed to remove stigma and feelings of isolation. Finally, feelings about alternative paths to parenthood can be explored and understood.