Fertility and IVF treatment can be stressful at times, both physically and emotionally. We recognise the importance of supporting you throughout your journey with a competent, compassionate fertility counsellor who you are able to access whenever you need to.
The empathy and objectivity of a fertility counsellor is to help people deal with the stress and emotions involved in trying to achieve a pregnancy or in dealing with other fertility issues. This may include providing support with relationship difficulties and helping couples or individuals explore better ways of dealing with anxiety or stress, work through the complexities of treatment decisions, debrief and share experiences, and explore family building alternatives.
It is important to know that you are entitled to a free counselling session for every IVF cycle undertaken, this is a great opportunity to obtain additional support during your journey.
Our experienced counsellors located on the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg are registered psychologists with many years of experience in fertility counseling. View our Bundaberg staff or Sunshine Coast staff for more information on our fertility counsellors.
Please ask your fertility nurse if you would like a counsellor to contact you or you can contact them directly on the phone numbers below.
It is important to us that patients feel supported before, during and after treatment. This is just another way of showing that we really do care.
Emma Angel, IVF Fertility Counsellor
Emma Angel graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work in 1995 from the University of South Australia. Emma has an extensive background in social work, focusing on relationship, attachment and mental health issues, loss and grief, and surviving IVF.
Her vast experience includes working as a Family and Relationships Counsellor, Children’s and Young People’s Advocate, Lifestyle Advisor, Senior Social Worker in the areas of child protection, domestic violence and parenting.
Emma joined the team in June 2020 and is passionate about providing support and strategies to help people successfully navigate their way through IVF and challenges which may arise with fertility.
“Every person’s journey and story is unique. And every day I learn from the people I see because they have so many strengths and strategies to survive and triumph in difficult situations. Sometimes they just need a little help in finding them.”
Emma can be contacted by phoning 08 8333 8111 (via Repromed)
Fertility Solutions and Repromed are both part of the Monash IVF Group
Jeanne Strahan, Psychologist
Jeanne, a registered psychologist born and raised on a farm in Alberta Canada, first touched down on Australian soil in December 1974 as a registered nurse. She then furthered her nurses training the Australian way by obtaining her Midwifery, Maternal and Child Health qualifications and has worked in this area for 25-30 years. An interest in psychology throughout much of her nursing career resulted in further studies and qualifications to practice as a private psychologist.
Jeanne is based at the Bundaberg Specialist Centre, 102 Woondooma Street, Bundaberg on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am-5pm and can be contacted on telephone 07 4153 3942.
Barb Wood, Psychologist
Barb Wood has been working in the fertility field for 20 years and offers a range of counselling options to help at all stages of the fertility journey. She is trained in many approaches such as relationship and family counselling, ACT, hypnosis, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). These can be helpful to deal with anxiety about the whole IVF process, using needles, getting pregnant, not getting pregnant, childbirth and all the feelings that go with these situations.
Carla Anderson, Psychologist
Carla Anderson is a clinical psychologist who has been working in her private practice since 2005, with a special interest in working with families within the perinatal period. Carla is passionate about supporting women and their families in all areas related to the perinatal period such as infertility and IVF concerns, pregnancy related concerns, antenatal/postnatal depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and birth trauma.
Carla has also been involved in a number of national projects, training programs and research including: “Bearing the Unbearable” a training program for professionals working in perinatal grief and loss, a recent publication in the Australian Psychologist Journal on pregnancy-related fears, presented at the Sunshine Coast Fertility Expo on Emotional Wellbeing through the Fertility Journey”. In addition to this in past roles Carla worked as an honorary national trainer for Bonnie Babes Foundation, training professionals in supporting families experiencing miscarriage and stillbirth, co-ordinating Postnatal Disorders support groups and training of peer support volunteers for the Gladstone Communities for Children Initiative, as well as providing information sessions to professionals and parents within the perinatal period.