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Why counselling is essential during your IVF journey - by Karen Holmes

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Around one in six couples in Australia have trouble in trying to conceive a child, and many people going through the journey on their own similarly struggle to become pregnant.

While you are navigating this emotional rollercoaster, it is really important to obtain support in a safe and confidential space, which is what counselling provides.

Some common reactions to experiencing infertility issues include:

‘We never thought we’d be that couple.’

‘I should’ve started sooner.’

‘I find myself closing off from friends who are having babies.’

‘It’s my fault.’

Feelings which may arise: guilt, shame, isolation, anger, envy, sadness, grief, happiness, excitement, disappointment, fear, loss of control and more.

In addition, may clients discuss feeling like their entire identity has changed and that they have a sense of putting their life on hold; ultra focused on their fertility journey.

If you are in a couple, other issues can arise – you may cope differently to your partner, or they may feel that they have to be the strong one. Or one of you wishes to stop trying to conceive and the other wishes to pursue treatment.

Counselling can help you:

· learn coping skills

· process feelings of grief and loss

· come up with ways to manage reactions from family and friends

· cope with triggers

· manage anxious thoughts

· come together as a couple

· navigate isolation

· explore your options

Karen is a skilled and experienced fertility counsellor, and a member of FSA (Fertility Society of Australia) and ANZICA (Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association) and can assist you during your IVF journey.

Call Kylie on 0420 434 628 for more information or to make an appointment.

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