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Getting some extra help


You may feel that you (and your partner) would benefit from working through some of your concerns with the help of a counsellor. They will help you to explore the cause of your problems and suggest ways of resolving them. Everything you say is strictly confidential and will not be discussed with anyone else.

The charity Relate also provides tips on communicating, as well as relationship counselling and a range of other relationship support services. 

If you would like to try a talking therapy, your transplant team or GP should be able to refer you. It’s also possible to access free treatment through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. This NHS service allows people with stress and anxiety problems to refer themselves directly to services in their local area. 

If you have never used this kind of therapy before it can seem a little strange at first, so we have spoken to a fully qualified psychosexual therapist to talk about her work in our blog. Alternatively you can look for private, qualified and accredited psychosexual and relationship therapists in your area, on the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) website.

Finally, if you would like some extra support from usyou can access a wide range of services including our Patients & Families Facebook page, podcasts, blog and forum.

You can also call our helpline on 0303 303 0303 or email us:

There were good days and bad days, and we got through it one day at a time. We're now out the other side and we are stronger than ever before.

Helen, whose partner Nilush had a cord transplant in 2013

Other useful contacts

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Information about counselling and therapists in your area.

The Daisy Network
A large support group for women suffering with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), also known as the early menopause.

NHS Choices
Information about treatments, conditions and lifestyle. Support for carers and a directory of health services in England.

The Institute of Psychosexual Medicine
Lists all UK doctors that are trained in psychosexual medicine.

Free and confidential support and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

Look Good Feel Better
Providing practical and effective free services for patients struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

The Samaritans
Confidential, non-judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day, by telephone, email, letter or face-to-face.

Self Management UK
Free self-management courses to help you take control and manage your condition.

Teenage Cancer Trust
Support to improve the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Information, support and advice on all aspects of sexual health and HIV

Information published: 24/10/2017
Next review due: 24/10/2020 - review in progress

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