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Counselling and Psychotherapy for Fertility, Pregnancy and Conception Issues

What kinds of issues are associated with conception, pregnancy and childbirth?

Many of us would like to have a child, if not more than one eventually, but may be having difficulties not only with conception or keeping a pregnancy but also accepting the change a child will bring to our lives. In the UK, it is estimated that around one in six couples have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Infertility/Pages/Introduction.aspx). On the other hand, some of us may already be expecting but are experiencing stress symptoms such as panic, fear, frustration, chronic fatigue or a range of other debilitating conditions. In addition, some of us may also be experiencing symptoms of miscarriage grief.

What symptoms can result from fertility problems or pregnancy anxiety?

  • Listlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Feelings of shame
  • Relationship problems
  • Withdrawal from healthy social interactions
  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Miscarriage grief
  • Obsessive behaviours
  • Orthorexia nervosa (obsession with healthy eating)
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Tokophobia (fear of pregnancy or child-birth)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Self-abuse

How can counselling help me?

At Fresh Mind Therapy, we understand the gamut of emotions surrounding having a child and are on hand to support you through conception challenges, pregnancy or childbirth fears and miscarriage grief. Working with a Fresh Mind Therapist will help you to:

  • Identify and examine the thoughts and behaviours surrounding your fertility issues
  • Challenge negative beliefs about pregnancy and childbirth
  • Reduce anxiety, depression, frustration, grief and low self-esteem resulting from your issues
  • Feel psychologically supported while you address physical fertility issues with other health professionals
  • Gain a healthy perspective on your fertility and family goals

Don’t continue to suffer without support. Speak to one our therapists now.