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Unplanned pregnancy? Talking to a counsellor can help

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This website is designed to help you find a counselling service that will support you in dealing with a crisis pregnancy.  All of the services listed on this website provide free, non-judgemental counselling and support. 

Why go for Crisis Pregnancy Counselling?

There are many conflicting and strong feelings around a crisis pregnancy – taking the time you need to look at your issues and thoughts calmly can help you to make the best decision you can, at the time of the crisis.  It can help to talk to someone who is not personally involved, and who can help you to find the answers to your questions.

The counsellor’s training and skills will enable them to help you to explore your feelings about the pregnancy. You can discuss how you feel about the pregnancy, parenting or having the baby adopted. If you wish they will create an opportunity for you to explore terminating the pregnancy. They will facilitate and support you to reach your own best decision. The counsellor does not judge or decide for you.

The counselling session is free of charge and you can attend for as many sessions as you feel you need.

A counselling session will give you:

  • Time and space to work through your feelings about the pregnancy.
  • Support in dealing with the shock and distress you may be feeling so that you can move on from the crisis.
  • The opportunity to discuss your choices – Parenting, adoption and if requested, abortion.
  • Help in telling your partner, friends and family if you need it.
  • Practical information on your rights and entitlements, and the supports available if you’re in education or if you’re working.
  • Referral to other helpful services such as GPs, medical services, supported accommodation services or specialist adoption agencies if you wish.

The counselling services listed on the Positive Options website offer crisis pregnancy counselling that is:

  • Free – there is no cost to you.
  • Non-judgmental – the counsellors are there to help, not to judge.
  • Non-directive – counselling is designed to support you and give you truthful information to help you make the decision that is best for you, without trying to influence you.
  • Confidential – what is said in a counselling session is confidential.*
  • Specialised – counsellors are trained to help their clients and have experience in dealing with all kinds of issues relating to crisis pregnancy.

* In certain circumstances where there is a concern for a person’s safety counsellors may have to break confidentiality, for example, if someone was at risk or in danger.