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Infertility Counselling

We appreciate that your journey through infertility investigations, diagnosis and treatment can be difficult and provide a counselling service which offers support, understanding and information for all our patients.  Counselling offers you time and space to safely explore difficult thoughts and feelings in a confidential and supportive setting.   We can help you gain insight and understanding, find new ways of coping emotionally, help you to manage bad news and make difficult decisions about "what next?"

Our Counsellors offer a professional, reliable service, are fully qualified and have specialist additional training in issues around infertility.  Each session lasts 50 minutes and you can request counselling at any time before, during and after your treatment.  Appointments are free of charge, usually available at short notice and you may attend separately or as a couple.   Donor patients are routinely referred to the Counselling Service to discuss implications of treatment and these should always be attended with your partner.


Our Counsellors:

Ann Curley

Ann has worked as an Infertility Counsellor at Saint Mary's Hospital since 2002 and has experience in several other areas of practice including adult mental health, bereavement and trauma work. Ann also has experience working with children and adolescents. Ann qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 2000 and received an Advanced Diploma in Counselling from Manchester University. She regularly attends and delivers training to meet professional standards.

Ann is a registered Social Worker and is an Accredited Counsellor with BACP and BICA.


Beverley Loftus

Beverley joined Saint Mary's Hospital as a mature student in 2006 whilst studying for her Diploma in Counselling at Salford University and has been employed as an infertility counsellor since 2008.  Her core model of training was Personal Centred Therapy and she has experience in working with mental health, bereavement and general private practice.  Beverley continues to develop her skills by attending ongoing training courses and supervision to meet professional standards.

Beverley is a member of BACP and accredited by BICA.




Counselling appointments are available from Mondays to Friday.  Please ask at Reception or call (0161) 276 6494 to book.


Available leaflets:

Counselling Service



British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy:  www.bacp.co.uk

British Infertility Counselling Association:  www.bica.net

Donor Conception Network: www.dcnetwork.org