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.
All donors undergo consultation with the doctors, infertility nurses and counselling with our psychologist. This is to ensure that all aspects of medical treatment, legal and emotional implications have been discussed and considered. The effect of such a procedure 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.
The following counselling is available:
Support: This is to discuss the social and emotional aspects of sub-fertility, help you at times of distress or confusion and minimise the potential impact of treatment outcome to you and your partner.
Implications: When using donor sperm/embryos, you will be asked to see the counsellor to discuss the implications of your treatment. It is best performed when you have read our information booklets, so that you can concentrate on specific issues that are relevant to you.
Therapeutic: The counsellor can help you to devise coping strategies, and to understand your feelings and experiences.
Assessment: Whenever there is a concern that you may not have understood any issues relevant to the welfare of any children, the team may refer you for an assessment by the counsellor.