Free counselling services with a trained counsellor are routinely available to all upon request. It can be carried out in The Centre or away from the unit in the Department of Clinical Psychology which you may find less stressful. All counsellors are HFEA licensed. Appointments can be made directly by yourselves or via The Centre. If you require an interpreter, you are advised to give sufficient notice for an independent interpreter to be arranged.
The counselling is entirely confidential and private between you and the counsellor and will not be judgmental or prejudicial. The counsellor is also HFEA licensed and has a statutory duty to give essential information that may affect the Welfare of future or existing children to the team. This is exceptional.
The effect of sperm donation on the donor, his partner and any existing children is carefully discussed. Wherever possible the partner’s participation and agreement is sought before proceeding with the donation. If the children of the donor are of an appropriate age the donor is also asked to discuss the matter with his children.