I’m sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, but I’ve been busy putting together the latest edition of The Journal of Fertility Counselling which I edit. I didn’t ever have specialist fertility counselling when i was in the midst of IVF, but in retrospect I really wish I had. At one of my lowest points, our GP sent me to a counsellor attached the surgery who didn’t seem to have a clue about infertility and I came away feeling even worse after half an hour with a rather bored-looking woman who only seemed interested in why I wanted children in the first place. I’d been hoping for some coping strategies, and that’s just the sort of thing a properly qualified fertility counsellor could help you with.
Too often, people imagine that going for counselling is a sign of weakness and feel that they should be able to cope without it. I honestly believe that it’s a sign of strength as it shows that you are recognising how difficult your situation is, and taking positive steps to do something about it. Of course, it may not be for everyone and it’s important to seek out a counsellor you feel happy with – but if you’re finding it hard to cope, getting some support from an expert who really understands what you’re going through can really help.
If you are interested in finding a counsellor, you can find a list of specialist fertility counsellors on the British Infertility Counselling Association website – www.bica.net