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.
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
Ann is a registered Social Worker and is an Accredited
Counsellor with BACP and BICA.
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
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: www.bacp.co.uk
British Infertility Counselling Association: www.bica.net
Donor Conception Network: www.dcnetwork.org