what is talk therapy?
As the name helpfully suggests, talk therapy is anything that involves talking to someone else. Talk therapy can come in many guises – counselling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy – and your therapist might mix and match different techniques depending on how your therapist is trained and what they think will work best for you.
Counselling provides a safe space for you to explore your emotions and talk these through. And during hypnosis, a therapist will try to put you in a super-relaxed state and then make suggestions to your subconscious mind. A therapist might use one or all of these techniques. If a particular treatment approach appeals, then do your research and see how your therapist operates; they’re all different.
what will happen at an appointment?
Your therapist will likely get you to talk (surprise, surprise) about yourself, your history and your fertility concerns. They will then decide how many sessions might be helpful to you or design a programme based on your needs.
You should both decide whether you’re a good fit for each other. This doesn’t mean you have to be one another’s best friend, but you should feel comfortable with your chosen therapist and confident they can support you. Sometimes that feeling isn’t quite there and it’s totally ok to walk away and try someone else if that’s the case – this is your therapy and it needs to work for you. You’ll know when it clicks.
why is it good for fertility?
It’s the dreaded S word again: stress. We all know that trying to get pregnant can be hugely stressful – it’s hard on you, your relationship, your relationship with your friends (who seem to magically get pregnant without even trying). Talk therapy is a chance to let it all out and gives you the time and space to breathe, heal and think about solutions. For example, if you’re suffering from fertility information overload, talk therapy can help you navigate your way through to the right treatment choice for you. Or you might need some coping strategies for managing the day-to-day uncertainty that trying brings. Or, you might just want someone to listen.