National Telephone Counselling Service for Pregnancy Sickness
September 2016 sees the launch of Hyperemesis Counselling, the UK’s first specialist telephone counselling service for women affected by any degree of pregnancy sickness.
Set up by BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor, Michelle Nicholson, herself a two times pregnancy sickness survivor, the service offers professional psychotherapeutic support to women, their partners and carers who are currently living with or recovering from this debilitating medical condition.
“Women affected by pregnancy sickness have been under-supported for too long” says Michelle.
“Counselling can provide a safe, contained, supportive space for women at any stage of suffering or recovery from pregnancy sickness, to express and make sense of their thoughts and feelings, and it can leave them with an enhanced sense of their suffering being acknowledged and understood. The aim of Hyperemesis Counselling is to reduce isolation, alleviate distress, increase support and promote healing, thus enabling women to move forward with their lives with increased self-awareness, coping strategies and emotional wellbeing.”
Pregnancy sickness can be an emotional as well as a physical lived experience. It can leave women feeling anxious, depressed, powerless and struggling to function or cope. Emotional recovery can be an ongoing process continuing after dissipation of physical symptoms into the post-partum period and beyond.
Hyperemesis Counselling provides women with an opportunity to access professional psychotherapeutic support by telephone from a counsellor specialising in pregnancy sickness care, from anywhere in the UK.