Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA)
All HFEA-licensed clinics have to offer you an opportunity to talk to a counsellor about the implications of the suggested treatment before you consent to it.
Counselling aims to help you understand exactly what the treatment will involve and how it might affect you and those close to you – now and in the future. Counselling on the implications of treatment is especially important if you are considering using donated sperm, eggs or embryos or surrogacy arrangements – all of which involve complicated issues. You may need time to explore how you feel, to consider the needs and legal rights of donor-conceived children and to talk about whether this is going to be the right decision for you. Counselling can provide emotional support before, during or after fertility treatment. If dealing with infertility leaves you struggling to cope with everyday life or causes you to revisit past problems, counselling can be very therapeutic. Your clinic should provide you with the contact details of a counsellor. Different clinics have different costing policies, so check whether you have to pay extra for counselling. You may choose to have just one or two sessions or more. Sessions usually last for an hour and you can expect to see the same counsellor each time.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) & National Counselling Society (NCS)
The BACP’s primary purpose is to support counsellors and help them better serve their clients. The BACP acts in the interest of the public as a professional, relevant, credible and communicative organisation for the counselling professions, bound by a common purpose, underpinned by clear philosophy and transparent values. They advocate the role and relevance of the practice of the counselling professions in improving psychological wellbeing and mental health, and promoting social justice, in our contemporary and diverse communities.
The NCS believe that counselling should be seen as a vocation (not just a job but a worthy occupation) and that the relationship between counsellor and client is important for the outcome of therapy. NCS’s ethos is that counselling is a unique vocation and that this should be reflected in all our policies. We act to protect counselling from inappropriate regulation if we feel it could harm our work and the diversity, creativity and range of training options that currently exist in our profession.
National Fertility Society (NFS)
The Nation Fertility Society is an organisational member of the BACP and the NCS. All of the National Fertility Society counsellor members are registered with either the BACP or NCS and comply with their Code of Ethics as well as the NFS Code of Ethics. All counsellors in the Counselling Directory are trained in fertility counselling and either accredited or working towards accreditation through the NFS. The NFS fertility training course is an ‘Advanced Specialist Diploma in Fertility Counselling’ and is recognised by the NCS, our Accreditation course and Senior Accreditation courses are Quality Checked by the NCS.