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Mental Health Support During your Fertility Journey

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The fertility journey can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Research has shown that having a multidisciplinary care approach, including mental health support, can dramatically improve your experience. At TRIO, we have created a wide variety of resources to help provide our patients with the tools they need to support their mental and emotional well-being during their fertility treatment and care.

TRIO’s Support Groups

Fertility treatment can often feel overwhelming, isolating, and stressful. That’s why we offer a range of private Facebook Support groups to offer community and connection for TRIO patients. A TRIO Counsellor moderates each group and provides a space to ask questions, give and receive support, and share experiences with others.

In these groups, our counsellors facilitate discussion and provide strategies to help patients cope with the emotional challenges that are often part of a fertility journey. Topics raised may include:

  • Expectation for your treatment: Understanding what to expect can help reduce anxiety and uncertainty.
    Communication with partners and loved ones: Learn how to communicate your needs and feelings to your partner and loved ones, ensuring mutual support and understanding.
  • Coping with difficult emotions: Techniques and strategies to manage feelings of sadness, frustration, and disappointment.
  • Managing stress: Practical tips for stress reduction and relaxation techniques tailored to your personal preferences.
    Setting boundaries: Guidance on setting healthy boundaries to protect your emotional well-being.
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control, and hope: Tools and resources to help you feel more in control of your fertility journey and maintain hope.

To join our online community, please send us a direct message on Facebook or Instagram with:

  • Your full name
  • Your TRIO Doctor’s name
  • The group(s) you would like to join

Learn more about our support groups.

Trauma Informed Care Co-ordination

Trauma is a term used to describe the challenging emotional consequences that living through a distressing event can have for an individual. Traumatic experiences often involve a loss of power, control, or trust. Providing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) involves understanding, recognizing, and responding in a supportive manner to the effects of all types of trauma. TIC emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for patients and providers, and helps build a sense of trust, control, and empowerment.

TRIO and its staff are committed to creating a safe space for all our patients during their fertility care. For some people, specific aspects of the fertility treatment process could be triggering. To ensure these important issues are addressed, our new Trauma

Informed Care Co-ordinator can meet one-on-one to understand your needs. They can provide advocacy, offer referrals and linkages to services, and strengthen your navigational skills as you embark on your fertility journey.

Learn more about our Trauma Informed Fertility Care and how you can be connected with these services.

Fertility Counselling Support

Fertility counselling can be helpful to any aspiring parent who is struggling with fertility challenges. If you are undergoing certain treatments, such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), we believe counselling can be so beneficial that we have made it a prerequisite to help prepare you for the upcoming process. At TRIO, we work with a wonderful caring team of registered social workers, clinical psychologists, and registered psychotherapists who specialize in fertility counselling.

Our counsellors are dedicated to supporting you through the emotional aspects of your fertility journey, offering individual and couples counselling sessions to help you navigate:

  • Emotional stress and anxiety related to fertility treatment: Strategies to manage the emotional toll that fertility treatments can take.
  • Communication challenges with partners and family members: Techniques to improve communication and support within your relationships.
  • Grief and loss associated with infertility: Support and counselling for those dealing with the emotional pain of infertility or loss.
  • Decision-making about fertility treatments and options: Guidance to help you make informed decisions about your treatment options.
  • Building resilience and coping strategies: Tools to help you build emotional resilience and cope with the ups and downs of the fertility journey.

We offer a range of counselling services, including:

  • Pre-treatment counselling: To prepare you emotionally and mentally for the fertility treatments ahead.
  • Ongoing support: Regular sessions to provide continuous support throughout your treatment process.
  • Post-treatment counselling: Support for navigating the outcomes of your treatment, whether positive or negative and planning the next steps.

Learn more about our fertility counsellors and how they can support you during your fertility journey at TRIO.

Additional Resources

In addition to support groups and counselling, TRIO offers a variety of other resources to support your mental and emotional well-being, including:

Our goal is to provide comprehensive support that addresses all aspects of your fertility journey, ensuring you have the tools and resources you need to feel supported, informed, and empowered.

For more information about our resources, please email or visit reach out to your TRIO physician’s office.