Infertility affects every aspect of one’s life and many find it an isolating and devastating experience. Dara offers one-time or ongoing support for individuals and couples and can help with issues such as:
Emotions common with primary or secondary infertility, e.g. grief, loss, anger, jealousy, guilt, self-image, isolation
Failed insemination/IVF cycle
Miscarriage, prenatal, perinatal loss
Decision-making regarding treatment options and next steps
Maintaining support networks and establishing boundaries
Developing strategies to manage family/social events, workplace interactions and holidays
Stress-reduction and mindfulness techniques
Couples counselling can cover these topics, and may also include a focus on intimacy, sexuality, self-esteem, blame/guilt, communication, expectations, and finances.
Dara also supports individuals, couples and families accessing assisted fertility options for reasons other than infertility. Topics may include those mentioned above, as well as:
Issues and resources specific to single men or women, such as: donor selection, disclosure, communities of support, etc.
Issues and resources specific to LGBTQ individuals/couples/families, such as: family of origin/choice, issues of biology/genetics, donor selection, legal issues, homophobia/transphobia, etc.
Counselling is tailored to people’s specific needs/situation and can be beneficial at the start of and/or through the insemination/IVF process, even when infertility is not a factor.