Meet our team of fertility counsellors, who support you through your fertility journey.
Katie Bottle, fertility counsellor
Job title: fertility counsellor; psychosexual and relationship therapist
Biography: Katie has been working with patients at the ACU in Guy’s since 2016. She sees a wide range of patients with many different issues and concerns. Katie’s background is in psychosexual therapy and couples' counselling. She has also have worked with the charity sector for a number of years, supporting vulnerable groups in many different settings. She is currently on a doctoral programme and planning to evaluate her work with patients who are seeing herfor psychosexual therapy and wish to be pregnant.
Specialist interests: psychosexual issues, donor conception, surrogacy, fertility preservation options, PGD, end of treatment, on-going pregnancy anxiety, baby and pregnancy loss, trauma and assisted conception
Tracey Chester, fertility counsellor
Job title: fertility counsellor
Biography: Tracey has 34 years of counselling experience in the NHS. The majority of that time has focused on women's health issues, and dealing with loss, bereavement and trauma experienced with fertility issues, pregnancy and birth. Tracey is also a registered mental health nurse and has experience in dealing with the difficulties and complexities mental health issues can bring. Tracey works with individuals, couples or groups. She has been working in the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s Hospital since March 2017.
Specialist interests: fertility preservation, donor conception, surrogacy, PGD, end of treatment, on-going pregnancy anxiety, baby and pregnancy loss, trauma and assisted conception
Caroline Darcy, fertility counsellor
Job title: senior counsellor ACU
Biography: Caroline comes from a nursing background and was a sister in IVF. Following her degree, Caroline retrained as a counsellor and has worked with a wide variety of patients presenting with diverse issues. Caroline is also an accredited IPT therapist working with patients experiencing depression.
Specialist interests: depression and anxiety, donor conception, surrogacy, fertility preservation options, PGD, end of treatment, on-going pregnancy anxiety and pregnancy loss