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 us, you can access a wide range of services including our patients and families facebook page, podcasts, blog and forum. you can also contact the Anthony Nolan Patient Services team on 0303 303 0303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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.