Counselling is one of a number of talking therapies that can help people to cope with a range of situations and experiences in their lives. Different approaches exist, but most counsellors aim to offer a confidential and non-judgemental setting in which to discuss and explore issues such as thoughts, feelings, or behaviours that may be causing distress, relationship issues, trauma, or difficult or troubling circumstances or events.
The loss of a baby can lead to feelings of disbelief, shock, anger, sadness, despair, loneliness and anxiety, disturbing or intrusive thoughts and other psychological, physical and spiritual difficulties that may feel overwhelming or confusing. If this is the case, additional support such as counselling may be helpful.
Counselling can be accessed in a range of ways. Within the NHS, some GP practices and hospitals offer counselling with their own counselling teams. Alternatively, referral may be made to another service such as a local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, or to a charity where counselling may be funded for an agreed number of sessions. In both cases, it may also be possible to self-refer.
Another route to accessing counselling is external to the NHS, through local or national charities, through an employer, or with a private counsellor. Many offer low-cost counselling, or costs may be covered by medical insurance, and individual circumstances should be discussed on initial contact or during an initial consultation.
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My name is Amanda Wood and I established Perinatal Bereavement Care to add to the options available to those affected by the death of a baby. I offer counselling short term or long term, face to face or online, with fees dependent on your circumstances. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and my training and clinical practice is Integrative-Relational Counselling, which draws on the well-established approaches to psychotherapy, in particular Psychodynamic, Person-Centred and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have experience of working within the NHS and with charities offering bereavement support, both one-to-one and in groups. My training, experience and approach means that I take an integrated, holistic and relational approach to wellbeing.