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Special Interest Areas
INFERTILITY and IVF
Infertility can and often creates one of the most distressing life crises that a couple could ever experience together. The long term inability to conceive a child can evoke powerful feelings of loss. Coping with the complexities of medical decisions and the prolonged uncertainties that infertility brings can create an emotional rollercoaster for many couples. There are a myriad of complicated dilemmas that can arise. For example, how many cycles of treatment? When is it time to stop? What should I do with any unused embryos? Should I tell the child they came from donated egg or sperm? So the list goes on. The infertility journey can feel very lonely at times, but there is help available. If you are feeling overwhelmed by IVF related issues, be kind to yourself and seek professional help.
Bereavement is something that happens to us all at one time or another in our life and the experience is unique to each individual. Sometimes it is sudden and sometimes not. Sometimes it is someone close to us and other times it is someone you have indifferent feelings about, leaving you feeling guilty.
There is a whole spectrum of emotion attached to bereavement which can be heightened by previous bereavements and losses. Whatever you are feeling or whatever stage you are at in the healing process you may find it helpful to have a safe confidential place to talk about how you really feel.
CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
Childhood sexual abuse is one of the most ugly, debilitating experiences a child can face, often causing unnecessary feelings of guilt and shame for many years until they are able to muster the courage to seek help. There are many common symptoms of childhood sexual abuse such as, depression, low self-esteem, self harm, anger, drug and alcohol misuse, recklesness and eating disorders. Keeping the secret protects the abuser and allows them the freedom to abuse other children. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are never to blame - it is always the adults responsibility to protect children from any exposure to sexual activity or sexual content. If you have experienced this kind of abuse and you want a safe place to talk and make more sense of your life, contact me and take the first step to a happier you. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.