Our in-house counsellor is Suze Fisher who set up the Counselling Service here when she joined the unit in 2003. Suze has worked in the infertility field for twenty years and holds a Diploma in Counselling.
Counselling sessions focus on support issues, before, during and after treatment. There is also an Implications session booked for every patient considering donating or receiving donated gametes. All sessions are completely confidential. Suze currently sees patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as co-facilitating the WISH group with Ann Wilcox approximately every six weeks.
Suze is a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Infertility Counselling Association, The Donor Conception Network and Infertility Network UK. She also works in private practice and is bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct therein.
Counselling and Assisted Conception
Infertility can affect people’s feelings and relationships in so many ways. Undergoing investigations and treatment often brings up feelings that are both confusing and difficult to express. Relationships with partners, as well as with relatives, friends and colleagues may experience strain, leading often to a sense of loneliness and isolation.
Counselling offers confidential time and space in which to explore some of these feelings and learn new ways of coping. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act makes it a legal requirement for clinics providing Assisted Conception and treatment involving the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos to offer counselling to anyone who is a patient or donor.
Counselling is offered on a one-to-one basis as well as for couples. Every six weeks the Woking Infertility Self Help group (WISH) meets to listen to an invited speaker on a Tuesday evening. Smaller groups can be formed to provide mutual support around specific areas. Currently there is a small group meeting regularly for participants to support each other through secondary infertility.
Appointments can be booked through the main unit phone line, or you can contact our counsellor directly on Suze.Fisher@nuffieldhealth.com