I provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore your situation or issues and the impact on your mental health, relationships, sense of self, life plans, career and more.
Not just hot flushes
Whether you are in natural perimenopause/menopause or encountering the hormonal effects of surgical or chemical menopause, the multitude of symptoms and their impact on your physical and mental health are unpredictable and can be extremely debilitating.
I’ve been there – and menopause was not what I thought it would be.
There is no ‘too young’
Contrary to popular belief, the menopause transition isn’t limited to women in their 50s, Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (menopause before 40) and Early Menopause (before 45) can happen naturally at any age and cause physical and psychological difficulties. Many of us only start to understand the health impact of our own menopause transition after diagnosis, when symptoms we had no idea were linked to menopause start to make sense. Symptoms of hormonal syndromes such as PMDD can intensify in the perimenopause period impacating home lives, work and relationships.
You are not alone
Infertility is isolating and many of us don’t know where to turn to feel understood. Difficulties conceiving, miscarriage or fertility diagnoses can cause devastating feelings of shock, loss, grief, shame or despair for men and women, and can impact your sense of self and your relationship(s). You may feel stuck in stasis while friends' and families’ lives are progressing. You may have difficult decisions to make about your body and your future. You may be worried about stress, and how fertility investigations or treatments might impact your working life.
Counselling can support you as an individual or a couple to talk about your situation, process your experiences, understand their impact and make decisions for what lies ahead.
Your life, your needs
While most people come to me because they are experiencing menopause, hormanal, perinatal or fertility issues or they have suffered miscarriage or loss, the topics they bring to our sessions often relate to other areas in their lives such as relationships, childhood experiences, trauma or mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
Our bodies can be messy and confusing and can let us down. Clients may raise problems in counselling that they have never spoken to anyone else about before because of feelings of embarrassment or shame, but there is no ‘TMI’ in fertility and menopause counselling. The whole of you and your experience are welcome in our sessions together.
If you have not seen a Counsellor before, don't worry, you won't be under any pressure to share anything you don't feel ready to talk about. Find out what to expectin counselling.