FERTILITY COUNSELLING TREATMENT SERVICE

HAVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE EXPERIENCED DISTRESS ASSOCIATED WITH A FERTILITY-RELATED CONCERN? OR, ARE YOU COMMENCING ASSISTED REPRODUCTION PROCEDURES AND SEEKING COUNSELLING / ASSESSMENT AS REQUIRED BY YOUR CLINIC OR LAWYER?

The Fertility Counselling Service provides psychosocial support to women and men dealing with:

  • DIFFICULTIES CONCEIVING
  • MANAGING ASSISTED REPRODUCTION
  • MISCARRIAGE
  • PREGNANCY TERMINATION
  • PRENATAL & PERINATAL CARE
  • POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
  • SELECTIVE REDUCTION
  • STILLBIRTH
  • TRAUMATIC BIRTHING EXPERIENCES

Do any of these fertility-related experiences apply to you or a loved one?

  • Feelings of disappointment, sadness, grief, anxiety or uncertainty because of difficulties conceiving
  • Feelings of guilt, shame or anger because of yours or your loved one’s fertility-related diagnosis
  • Stresses in your relationship (e.g., disagreements, emotional distance) related to a fertility problem
  • Sexual difficulties in the midst of attempting to conceive or during/following assisted reproductive procedures
  • Lack of information or updated resources about fertility for women or for men
  • Feeling unsure if your or your partner’s negative reaction to a fertility problem is normal or typical
  • Wanting help in how to emotionally care for yourself and/or your loved one while dealing with distress associated with a fertility problem
  • Feeling alone or isolated in having difficulties conceiving a child
  • Considering whether to become a Single Parent by Choice
  • Problems dealing with family members, friends or coworkers or creating appropriate boundaries with others while dealing with fertility-related procedures or distress
  • Difficulties making decisions about when to initiate fertility procedures
  • Wanting psychosocial support in deciding among the different types of assisted reproduction (e.g., ovum/sperm/embryo donation, surrogacy)
  • Seeking guidance in psychologically preparing for fertility treatments
  • Struggling with the aftermath of pregnancy loss or terminations
  • Difficulties knowing or agreeing with a partner on when to stop fertility treatments and considering alternative options (e.g., adoption, childfree living)
  • Wanting psychosocial assistance and education with prenatal or perinatal health and self-care
  • Coping with traumatic birthing experiences and physical distress
  • Wanting help for you and/or your partner to work through the tremendous grief of stillbirth
  • Dealing with exhaustion, fears, loss of pleasure, sadness or depression following the birth of a baby

Are you seeking preparatory counselling/assessment as required by your clinic or lawyer for any of the following?

  • Fertility procedures involving your own gametes (IUI, IVF, Ovum Freezing)
  • Third-Party Reproduction (Sperm/Ovum/Embryo Donation, Surrogacy)

IF YOU SAID YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE you and/or your loved one might consider meeting with one of the highly trained mental health professionals in CFIR’s Fertility Counselling Treatment Service. Our mental health professionals can support you and/or your loved one with fertility-related concerns or to prepare for assisted reproductive procedures.

CONTACT US TODAY. Help is available right now for you and your loved ones! We also offer you video-based appointments.

HOW DO WE HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE FERTILITY JOURNEY?

WE WILL

  • Provide a confidential, compassionate, and caring therapeutic relationship in a private setting to help you address your most distressing thoughts, emotional reactions, behaviours, and relationship difficulties associated with a fertility journey
  • Offer you a comprehensive, individually-tailored assessment for the purpose of therapy or as required by your fertility clinic or lawyer
  • Collaboratively set your treatment goals to address yours and/or your loved one’s psychosocial needs and concerns
  • Use relevant scientific, evidence-based treatments to help you and/or your loved one meet your goals including: Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive-Behavioural, Emotion-Focused, Mind-Body, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic-Mentalization-Attachment-based and Systemic approaches
  • Offer short, medium, and long-term treatment options based on your individual needs
  • Communicate with your clinic and identify referrals to other professionals for a holistic approach to your care

We will also help you and/or your loved one to deal with assisted reproduction needs or concerns by supporting you to:

  • Cope with unsuccessful cycles or outcomes
  • Find relevant and updated resources (e.g., community resources, fertility statistics)
  • Prepare for procedures (e.g., fertility testing, egg retrieval)
  • Provide your clinic or lawyer with reports
  • Deal with relationship and/or sexual stresses
  • Make decisions about fertility procedures or options
  • Our Values

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Our registered psychologists are proudly affiliated as clinical supervisors with the following universities:

  • UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

  • UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

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