Do I have to have counselling as part of my fertility treatment?

20th March 2015 in Advice

This information was correct at the time of publishing. It may not reflect our current practices, prices or regulations.

Counselling is a vital part of your treatment journey when you have IVF or infertility treatment, but not many people realise its importance when they first start to consider having treatment.

All licensed clinics must offer counselling to patients, regardless of treatment. Our counselling team is available for you at any time throughout your journey. They have many years experience in helping people through the rollercoaster of infertility treatment.

The only time counselling is mandatory is if you’re using donor sperm, donor eggs or donated embryos as part of your treatment. This is because we think it’s important to discuss all the implications of using donor sperm, eggs and embryos, both now and in the future.

Otherwise, it’s your choice whether you wish to see our counsellors or not. Your counselling sessions are carried out entirely in confidence, and in private. Whilst our counsellors are part of your treatment team; they do not share your discussions with our clinical team.

You can choose to see our counsellors on your own, or with your partner, unless you’re using donor sperm, donor eggs or donated embryos in which case both of you must attend. Many of our patients find the support of our counsellors invaluable, as they are free to discuss whatever they may be feeling with someone who understands and has empathy, but who isn’t emotionally involved.

Read more about our counsellors Gabrielle Goad, Helen Bohme and Sharon Rodden, who work with our entire team to give you a full support network so your time with us is as stress-free as possible.

Last updated: 20th January 2020