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Infertility

Most of us, as children, take it for granted that we will become parents at some far-off point in time when we are ready.

Unexpected delays and difficulties in achieving what we have always assumed to be a part of our future can seriously impact everything from our overall outlook on life and our sense of its continuity, to how we feel about ourselves and our closest relationships, including partnerships.

If Assisted Reproduction treatment becomes necessary, although offering tremendous hope it may also bring up confusing and painful feelings. These can include a sense of profound loss, grief, anger, sadness, fear and new concerns about the uncertainty of outcome. Sometimes the intensity of these feelings can make it difficult for a couple to talk about them.

Infertility is stressful. So is treatment. Coping with the physical and emotional rigours of assisted conception cycles can be exhausting and isolating. Family and friends may not fully understand the depth of personal crisis a fertility problem can provoke, or the stress involved in undergoing treatment while juggling a demanding career and maintaining an unflappable public face.

Reframe provides a calm and safe space for an individual or couple to explore feelings with a therapist who has specialist understanding of the emotions and the clinical reality of fertility problems and their treatment. Counselling can be short-term or long-term and undertaken at any stage. Whatever the agenda brought, counselling will usually aim to help reduce distress and help clarify the situation, so the couple/individual might find within themselves the freedom and flexibility to make their best decisions and move forward with confidence.

Some areas of expertise

  • Preparing for treatment. Reducing fear and increasing resilience
  • Coping with pregnancy loss (miscarriage, termination)
  • Stress management /reduction strategies for coping before, during and after treatment, including
  mind/body relaxation techniques and help in challenging negative thoughts
  • How do people know when to stop treatment?
  • Having a baby via Egg or Sperm Donation
  • Secondary Infertility: wanting a second child
  • Having a baby as a single woman
  • Same sex couples

Norah Harding has over 20 years experience as an individual and couple therapist with additional training in psychosexual therapy. Since 2005, when personally trained and certified by Alice Domar PhD (Assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School) she has also offered specialist fertility counselling in her private practice and in leading HFEA Licensed clinics.

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