Fertility Counselling

Infertility is a medical condition that touches all aspects of your life. It may affect your relationships with others, your perspective on life and how you feel about yourself.

Fertility Counselling and support

At Fertility Specialists of Western Australia in Perth, we offer a comprehensive fertility counselling and support service that is available to all our patients and their partners.

A Clinical Psychologist is based at each of our locations in Applecross and Claremont.

They both are experienced and approved Fertility Counsellors by the Western Australian Reproductive Technology Council (RTC).

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The emotional rollercoaster

Assisted reproductive treatments can be emotionally challenging, and sometimes places strains on your everyday relationships. How you deal with these feelings will depend on your personality and life experiences. You may find that your usual support and coping strategies aren’t adequate for these new experiences. Fertility counselling may help you understand the journey in a better way. And that puts you in a better position to respond and to cope with the demands of your fertility treatment.

It is helpful to have someone really listen to you without giving ‘advice’ and be able to talk to someone you can be completely honest with. You may only have one session, or choose to have ongoing sessions, with or without your partner.

Fertility Specialists of Western Australia also offer phone consults if you don’t live in the Perth metro area or if you can’t make it to the fertility clinic for any reason.

"Talking with a counsellor does not mean you are not coping – it is an important part of your treatment."
Michelle Stuckey, Clinical Psychologist

Your counselling session may focus on issues such as:

Preparing for fertility treatment and making decisions about your treatment options

The impact on your relationships

Coping with unsuccessful treatment cycles and/or pregnancy losses

Coping with emotions around other people’s pregnancies, births, and children

How your family, friends and colleagues behave or react

Specific concerns related to donor treatment cycles, or feelings of anxiety or loss of control.

Fees and Appointments

 
If you are undergoing an IVF cycle, your first fertility counselling session is free of charge and if not used immediately, it can be used at a later date if needed. Additional counselling sessions incur a fee. Some may attract a Medicare rebate or a rebate from your private health insurance provider.
Counselling is compulsory for all sperm, egg and embryo donors, their partners and the recipients prior to any treatment. The cost of these counselling sessions is payable by the recipients.
Our friendly and professional teams in Claremont and Applecross are happy to answer any other questions you may have about our fertility counselling and support services.
We encourage all Perth patients having fertility treatment to take advantage of our counselling service.
Prof Roger Hart, Medical Director Fertility Specialists of Western Australia