About Us

The Irish Fertility Counsellor’s Association was founded in 2008.  Our members are all professionally qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who specialise in the area of fertility.  As professionals working throughout Ireland we provide support and counselling to anyone contemplating or undergoing any aspect of fertility treatment.

Counselling for individuals and couples can offer help in coping with the unique stresses of fertility treatment and the uncertainty of outcomes, including the possibility of unsuccessful treatment cycles.  Attending counselling can also provide much needed support in dealing with family and friends, can help reduce feelings of isolation and can provide a supportive environment as one is undergoing fertility treatment.

What do we do?

Fertility counselling is for anybody contemplating or undergoing any aspect of fertility treatment and is open to both men and women.

Counselling for individuals and couples can offer help in coping with the unique stresses of fertility treatment and the uncertainty of outcomes.

We’re sensitive to the emotions you may experience, and the challenges of the treatment itself.

You may be experiencing a considerable amount of concerns during, before or after your treatment.  Our goal is to help provide you with support you need during this challenging time and to help provide you with an effective coping strategy to assist you on your fertility journey.

Sessions are available by yourself or with your partner;  and it is important to note that specialist fertility counselling is just not for those times when things go wrong but useful to talk through your fertility journey to date. It can also be very helpful to explore coping strategies during your fertility journey when sometimes your partner may not the best person to talk to.

What is specialist fertility counselling?

Firstly, lets define fertility counselling  – Fertility counselling allows you to talk freely and openly about how you are feeling and coping in a non-judgmental environment.  It can help you to make sense of your emotions and develop ways of coping with the difficulties, discussions and decisions you are making.

Why is specialist fertility counselling important?

Going through fertility treatment, can feel like your life is on hold and it is hard to move forward or plan your future.   Sometimes you feel as though you cannot confide in anyone who will understand what you are going through.

Counselling is an opportunity to explore any emotional difficulty, fears and anxieties, or distress that you might experience during your fertility journey.

It can help you cope, make choices, and change aspects of your situation.  It doesn’t involve giving advice or direction to take a particular course of action; at times it may involve providing information.

Fertility treatment is a significant emotional journey, and may have an impact on your relationships with others.  The emotions can be conflicting and intense. Counselling is an opportunity to explore your feelings, coping strategies, options and relationship issues with partners, family, friends or colleagues.

Attending counselling can provide much needed support in dealing with family and friends.  It can help reduce feelings of isolation and can provide a supportive space as a person is undergoing or contemplating fertility treatment.

Fertility counselling is a integral part of fertility treatment.  It can help you adjust, and look at both the short – and long term consequences of infertility and treatment.  You might find you need support at different stages of treatment.

Areas of counselling offered by our IFCA members include:-

  • Alternative parenting options
  • Body, feelings, mind connection
  • Conscious conception
  • Coping with other’s pregnancy news
  • Coping with unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Coping with family/religious holidays
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Donor conception
  • IVF and assisted conception
  • Identity crisis: who am I if not a mother?
  • Initial diagnosis: what are my options?
  • Grief and loss (of a dream, biological children, embryos and faith)
  • Low self-esteem/worth/confidence
  • Managing strong feelings
  • Managing expectations
  • Miscarriage
  • Ante/post natal anxiety/depression
  • Relationship problems
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Relaxation, meditation and visualization
  • Coping with isolation
  • Trauma caused by invasive surgery