Counselling & Psychotherapy for Women Suffering with Trauma, Emotional Eating & Not Feeling Good Enough.

Infertility Counselling in Sydney

Are you struggling with infertility?

Is your infertility impacting how you feel about your body?

Does your infertility (and/or treatment) feel like a trauma to your body or sense of self?

One in six couples worldwide suffers with infertility.

Finding out that you are suffering with infertility is one of the most painful existential life crises that you will experience throughout your life. Receiving this news is often the start of a long and arduous journey as you set out to build your family through assisted conception, alternative parenting paths or as you grieve the loss of a dream.

Women come to me for fertility counselling throughout all stages of their journey:  

  • Pre and conscious conception
  • Throughout IVF and assisted conception treatment
  • During pregnancy and parenting
  • Alternative parenting paths
  • Ending fertility treatment and childfree living

Counselling can help you to explore, work through and heal in the following areas:

  • Alternative parenting options
  • Body, feelings, mind connection
  • Conscious conception
  • Coping with other’s pregnancy news
  • Coping with unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Coping with family/religious holidays
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Donor conception
  • IVF and assisted conception
  • Identity crisis: who am I if not a mother?
  • Initial diagnosis: what are my options?
  • Grief and loss (of a dream, biological children, embryos and faith)
  • Low-self esteem/worth/confidence
  • Managing strong feelings
  • Managing expectations
  • Miscarriage
  • Ante/post natal anxiety/depression
  • Relationship problems
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Relaxation, meditation and visualization
  • Trauma caused by invasive surgery

How I work

The context that I hold throughout your counselling is always a hopeful and optimistic one, whether your goal is pregnancy, alternative parenting or a happy childfree life.

I have a wealth of personal and professional experience in relation to infertility, alternative-parenting paths including adoption and foster care, involuntary childlessness and childfree living.

After many years of trying to conceive naturally and with IVF using a donor, my husband and I embarked on the road to intercountry adoption, then local adoption via the permanent care program.

I know the deep loss and despair that infertility can cause. I am able to work at depth with these issues and can help you to find a sense of purpose, value and meaning out of your suffering.

If my practice is full, I often refer to the following therapists:

Anne at Life After IVF

Robyn at Flourish





Sydney Registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Therapeutic Counsellor, Trauma + Eating Disorder Therapist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 20+ years, Jodie has helped 100s of women transform their lives. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly, Allambie Heights and Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!



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