Counselling for Infertility Matters

Many people assume that having children will follow a natural, straight-forward process. It can be distressing to find that you or your partner has a fertility problem.

For many couples, fertility problems come as a great surprise as no prior reproductive health issues had been known. Even very strong relationships can be challenged by infertility as both partners manage their own feelings while trying to support each other.

There are different kinds of fertility problems for both men and women. Your GP may have begun tests and possibly referred you or your partner for specialist treatment. This process may seem frightening as couples wait to learn the basis of their fertility problem.

Both infertility and its treatment can be challenging

When going through fertility treatment it’s difficult not to let infertility take over your life. Many couples struggle to maintain a sense of balance when so much is focused on the success or failure of various treatments. It can seem like infertility (and its treatment) is all that matters and many couples feel their life, and plans for their future life, suddenly seem very uncertain.

Both infertility and its treatment may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety. Many people describe infertility treatment as invasive and distressing. While counselling and psychotherapy are not seen as treatment options for those with fertility problems, therapy can be very helpful in reducing the stress and other emotions that often come with infertility.

Sometimes couples may be unable to get pregnant due to problems with penetrative sex: penetration may be impossible due to vaginismus or the male partner may be unable to ejaculate, for example. In these cases, psychosexual therapy can be helpful. But in most cases, fertility problems are not sex problems. Counselling and psychotherapy can be very helpful in reducing the stress and other emotions that often come with infertility.

Men and women can experience a multitude of emotional and psychological responses to fertility problems and the ensuing treatments. These emotions can feel overwhelming. A sense of inadequacy, loss, anger, jealousy, guilt, denial, shame, fear of abandonment, a sense of inadequacy and feelings of being less masculine or less feminine are just a few of the emotions some people with fertility problems may experience.

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There are a number of ways counselling for infertility problems can help

Counselling can be useful for either partner who may be struggling with their own feelings about infertility or its treatment. Infertility problems are a common concern brought by women to therapy. Equally, couples sometimes seek therapy together to help explore and resolve the impact that infertility or its treatment is having on their relationship.

Whether it’s personal therapy or couples therapy, counselling has been used to help alleviate much of the fear, apprehension and difficult feelings that often come with fertility problems and its treatment.

Getting started with infertility counselling in London

issues and infertility treatment. Structured support with an experienced therapist can help those facing infertility issues. At all our locations, both male and female therapists are on hand.

Appointments are available throughout the week from 7.30 am until 8.30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We provide both short and longer-term counselling for fertility problems. One of our therapists may be able to help.

To make an appointment for an initial consultation, please phone us on 0333 207 9330. We welcome all enquiries.

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One Therapy London

Counselling, psychotherapy, couples counselling in London since 2006

Therapist Asma Gharbi
Asma Gharbi

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Couples and Relationship Therapist Counselling Psychologist Asma offers psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative therapies to individuals and couples She tailors her approach to meet the needs and preferences of her clients She offers short and long term therapy Asma provides a non-judgemental space for her clients, where they...

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Therapist Marta Pisarri
Marta Pisarri

Consultant Integrative Psychotherapist Visiting lecturer at Regent's University Diploma in Somatic Trauma Therapy Advance Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc in Clinical Psychology Marta is a psychologist and an integrative psychotherapist: she has been working in the field of mental health for over 12 years in both private...



Therapist Barbara Perini
Barbara Perini

Consultant Therapist MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy DIT - Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy BSc in Clinical Psychology Barbara is an accredited member of BACP, holding an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and adhering to the BACP ethical framework Her approach is open-ended, offering both short-term and long-term therapy Barbara has also trained in Dynamic...

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Therapist Yussef Ferguson
Yussef Ferguson

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy BA (Hons) Social Work Yussef is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who offers both long and short term personal therapy to individuals He has experience of working with a diverse range of clients and can provide a warm, confidential space to explore and gain insight into any past or...

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Therapist Magda Piesiewicz
Magda Piesiewicz

Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist MSc in Psychology Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sexology Magda helps couples and individuals who are facing psychosexual and relationship struggles She also specialises in compulsive sexual behaviours (often misunderstood as sex addiction) She aims to create a non-judgmental, supportive space where her clients can be open...


Therapist Ben Brackenbury
Ben Brackenbury

Consultant Therapist Head of Therapy Training Programmes Ben believes that at times we all struggle with the challenges life has to offer and therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore this Ben works with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they respond to the world today, and to explore new ways of being Ben is also...

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Therapist Geraldine Lothian
Geraldine Lothian

Consultant Therapist Geraldine (she/her) is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who works with individuals Geraldine’s style of therapy is to work collaboratively with her clients and at each client’s pace  It is sometimes difficult to make the decision to start therapy but Geraldine works together with her clients to address any issues that may feel difficult to...


Therapist Stamatia Lorentzou
Stamatia Lorentzou

Senior Consultant Therapist Stamatia draws on a broad range of theories of psychotherapy She works collaboratively with her clients to understand the causes of their concern and find ways to move forward Stamatia offers both short-term and longer-term therapy She has worked in various organisational settings with individuals seeking to address relationship issues,...


Therapist Rhiannon Whipps
Rhiannon Whipps

Consultant Therapist Rhiannon is a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist with over ten years experience of working within the field of mental health Rhiannon provides an empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic space for her clients to explore any difficulties which they may be facing Within the safety of a confidential environment, she encourages her clients...

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Therapist Patricia Connolly
Patricia Connolly

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Patricia works within a psychodynamic approach This focuses on early life experience and  relationships to help you understand how they shape who you are in the present When you begin to more fully explore your emotions and attitudes you can find a deeper self–knowledge, which can also transform the way you relate to...