Jacqeline is proud to announce that Ultrasound Scans for Monitored Cycles, are now available at Fertility Support Number 7 Clarendon Place Leamington Spa CV32 5QL.

For further details or to book an appointment please contact us.

I found acupuncture so helpful during IVF, especially around embryo transfer as it relaxed me in preparation for a very important day. Jackie is just fabulous and for anyone going through IVF I would highly recommend her. Not only is she a wealth of knowledge, she is also a wonderful support. E xxx

I can honestly say I wouldn’t consider going through any fertility treatment without Jacqui. She’s been an absolute rock and has been such an incredible support throughout our treatment.

This isn’t simply a job for Jacqui; she invests so much time and energy into her patients, and has such incredible empathy, knowledge and experience of infertility issues that she should be considered a real expert in her field.

She has an extensive network of contacts (including the CRM in Coventry and the Zita West network) and such a vast knowledge of fertility issues which made the whole process of determining the right course of treatment and navigating what is often a mind-boggling and emotionally tumultuous process all the more easier.

Jacqui has always provided positive, but unobtrusive guidance at every stage, helping to make sense of the maze of IVF and infertility issues. It was her advice, guidance and emotional support that I found invaluable, bridging that gap (and in my case clearing up the confusion!!) that often resulted from all too brief hospital appointments. The acupuncture treatment itself was reassuring and calming and made a huge difference to my wellbeing and how positive I felt during my treatment.

Jacqui has been an absolute saviour and without her, I don’t think I’d have got through the 2 rounds of IVF I’ve done in one piece!!

She is simply amazing. The kindest, most compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive person I’ve ever met and I can’t thank her enough for getting me through the last couple of years. If you’re thinking of undergoing fertility treatment, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending seeing Jacqui. She’s one in a million. Thank you Jacqui.

C xxx

Skype Counselling.
Client Currently living in South East Asia.

Hi Jacqui
Thanks, here is an update on how I’ve been feeling recently. I’m feeling like a healing process has definitely begun. I’ve noticed a lot of positive changes in myself since I began counselling and all my reading, writing etc

I feel more rooted in the present. I know that I don’t need to keep running, keep dreaming of the future, but that I should appreciate what I have today, that I’ve already arrived. I don’t need to wait until tomorrow, until I am perfect, to find my joy and peace of mind. I can find joy today in the here and now. This is really a big deal for me. I used to spend so much time thinking about the future even up until quite recently. xxxx and I would spend ages talking about where we are going to travel when we finish our contracts here and where we will live after that and then what we will do etc etc. But we’ve stopped. I realised there’s no point in planning – things change anyway, and we will spend our time and energy focusing on our lives now and making the most of our time here. I’ve realised that if you’re always striving for something different you miss what’s right in front of you, the magic all around.
I am content with the here and now, what I am doing. I don’t need to have my whole life mapped out. It is much more exciting this way – life is much more of an adventure!
I actually feel like I’ve let go of so much old pain that I’ve been carrying around with me for so long. I have barely thought about the past. I used to replay it in my head all the time and feel anxious.For the first time since I can remember, I don’t dwell on the past and I don’t feel guilty and I don’t feel angry and I don’t feel sad when I think about my past and my xxx and xxx. I think I cried all my tears and I don’t think there are any left in me. I don’t feel anxious when I think about xxx and xxx. I don’t feel responsibility towards them for their happiness. I know they are in charge of their own lives and it’s not my place to worry about where their lives are going. I realise that I’m not responsible for my Mum and her drinking. There’s nothing I can do about it.
I feel more accepting of my family and their flaws as well as myself and my flaws. I feel like the burden has been lifted from me. I realise I was hurting myself, and it wasn’t doing myself or anyone any good – it wasn’t making the slightest bit of difference to anyone but me. The idea of sharing responsibility also helped me – I have other family members too, I’m not alone.
I realise how I deserve to be happy and to lead my own life. That I am only responsible for my self and my happiness, and no one else’s. We all have choices and we must own them.
I know that my past will always be a part of me, and I feel content with that and accepting of it, because it’s brought me to where I am today. I feel like I’ve brought so much hidden locked away feelings out into the open. I don’t have anything to be ashamed of now. I can see my past more clearly now, more objectively. I feel like my inner child is smiling now. I feel less isolated and alone knowing that others have been through similar experiences and worse.

Jacqueline Hurst Counsellor
Leamington Spa, and Coventry

Acupuncture for FET

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is a process used during fertility treatment where a fertilised egg (embryo) has been frozen and then thawed to be transferred to the womb.

The process can be done alongside a drugs protocol to manage a woman’s hormones or done naturally following the natural stage of a woman’s cycle – acupuncture can provide help and support during either of these processes.

Thoughts from one of my clients on her experiences on FET and Acupuncture:

“After doing two full rounds of IVF we had two embryos to transfer at the end of each cycle so didn’t have any spare to freeze. On starting our third round of IVF having frozen embryos was something I considered as the holy grail. However on our third round after collecting 15 eggs at the egg collection stage, we then went on to have 1 embryo for transfer 5 days later and then also 5 embryos (blastyosts) to freeze. For anyone going through the process they will understand how happy we were to be given more chances at starting our family without going through the whole IVF process but doing FET instead. 

The initial embryo transfer during our third round was not successful, we then went onto do a natural FET; so the embryo was transferred a few days after I tested positive for ovulation, this transfer was not successful, determined to try the process again natural we waited a couple of months (I got fitter – physically and mentally) and we then tried again and this time we got what is know in the trade a BFP (big fat positive).  

The FET process was a positive experience for us and I loved being able to do the process as close to naturally as I could. In the last few years technology has rapidly improved for thawing embryos as have rates of success for pregnancy and they are now almost as good as a fresh transfer (depending on your clinic). Some Dr’s believe that in a few years FET will be the way that all embryos are transferred; allowing the woman’s body to recover from the IVF process before an embryo is transferred – something that is already done in Japan.

Jacqui worked with me alongside the FET to support my system to be ready to receive our embryo and has continued to give me treatment into my pregnancy. The treatments are always relaxing, enjoyable and the support Jacqui gives is above and beyond what anyone could expect – I highly recommend her fertility support services for anyone under going fertility treatment.” 

Acupuncture works alongside FET where we concentrate on helping the blood supply to the uterus ready for implantation. 

To find out more about how Acupuncture for fertility can help with FET and other fertility treatments please contact me.

Acupuncture for IUI

IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination) is very often the first type of treatment tried in assisted conception.

Intra-Uterine Insemination Explained

IUI involves sperm insemination  via a catheter, into a women’s womb. It’s often considered as a first for of treatment in cases such as unexplained infertility, part of a donor treatment for same sex couples, in cases of mild endometriosis or in cases of mild sperm issues.

I have worked with a number of clients during there IUI treatment, providing acupuncture and fertility support at various stages of the process:

  • If you are taking stimulation drugs eg clomid to help develop follicles Acupuncture treatment may help during this phase with the development and also the ease the effects of the drugs on your system.
  • Acupuncture can also be given at ovulation.
  • Pre and post the insemination – which may help the women’s uterus keep calm and promote good blood supply to the uterine lining.
  • About 7 days after the procedure we can do an Acupuncture treatment that may help with implantation of the fertilised embryo.

To find out more about how Acupuncture for fertility can help with IUI and other fertility treatments please contact me.

Introduction to Counselling

Introduction to Counselling – here I talk about the benefits of counselling and what patients can expect from counselling sessions with me:

Introduction to Counselling Video Extract:

I would like to take this opportunity to just say a little bit about how counselling works and the kind of issues that people might bring to a counselling session.

What is counselling?

I would describe Counselling as a confidential helping relationship. Counselling is a form of therapy that helps when you are going through emotional difficulties, and feeling overwhelmed by issues that you might be facing in your life at that moment.

Counselling is about having someone that really listens – something that in today’s society seems to be quiet rare. Someone who really listening to your thoughts and understanding some of your most closely guarded feelings, and helping you explore your problems in a safe confidential environment and in a totally non judgmental way.

Counselling is not about telling someone what to do, because that would create a dependency. However I will be able to help you, and facilitate your own skills in finding ways to sort things out for yourself.

Counselling gives you the opportunity to have two people examine your life, teaching you how to become the “passive observer of your own life” giving you the ability to be able to see the old triggers and patterns and to help you stop reacting to situations in the same old way, which inevitably ends up with you feeling very stressed  and  creating lots of anxiety.

I work with individuals or couples.

When working with couples we will be looking at how communication works within the relationship particularly focusing on assumptions and expectations.

Counselling / Psychotherapy  therapies could mean learning how to communicate with others in a more productive way and also improving relationships, it could mean learning to take care of yourself in a better way, by living a more balanced life.

I am an accredited bereavement counselor and have worked extensively with those facing loss and change.

In Summary

Counselling is about self development, its about you, about working with you to understand and work though the many issues that affect us from time to time. Helping you to rediscover who you are and come to self acceptance.

Its about you becoming better at learning to cope with your and emotions feelings.

On our journey we will work towards building greater self confidence and self esteem.

My clients come to me by self referral, you don’t need a GP referral and I work with many employee assist programs.

I am an accredited BACP member and I am a recognised provider of counselling and psychotherapy to the leading private health care provider in the UK and a member of their mental health and wellbeing network.

If you are looking for a counselor in the Warwickshire area (where I work) I have clinics both in Coventry and Leamington Spa – contact me to see how I can help.

Introduction to Acupuncture

Introduction to Acupuncture – here I talk about the history of acupuncture and what patients can expect from Acupuncture treatment:

Introduction to Acupuncture Video Extract:

Firstly a little bit about the history and philosophy of Acupuncture .

Acupuncture is a part of Chinese Medical practice, alongside Herbal medicine and Shiatsu Massage. The medical books on acupuncture were originally  compiled during the reign of the Yellow Emperor.

Acupuncture has been practised for about 4 thousand years.  It operates on the principles of the Meridian system.

At that time the human body was seen as a small principality or country. Each organ had an official to take care of it.  For example the stomach official is called the official in charge of rotting and ripening . So you can see that even back then there was a great insight into how the internal organs worked.

Each organ has its own meridian .

There are 14 channels that run throughout the body, much like path ways , and along these path ways, Qi or energy travels, much like veins and arteries carry blood.

There are over 600 points all along these channels that are like pools of energy and by inserting a very fine disposable needle we can change the flow or quality of the QI.

Sometimes when there is pain or blockage in the energy flow we will need to either tonify or help the energy move, or sedate, or disperse an accumulation of energy.

I can also use electroacupuncture where very small electrodes are attached to the needles to pulsate, this is extremely help full when trying to move energy.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The first question that many patients ask is ‘does acupuncture hurt?’

The answer to that question is no, it may feel like a little sting occasionally, but usually once the needles are in you will feel very little, you may just relax and even go to sleep, depending on what we are treating. There is usually no blood drawn .

What to expect from first acupuncture treatment?

Your first acupuncture treatment lasts for about an hour and half , then subsequent Acupuncture treatments last for one hour.

Your first treatment will consist of us sitting down together and going through a traditional diagnosis. This is a fact finding mission. I will ask all about your health, medical history, life style, even going into what time of day and year you feel at your best.

I will also be looking at your diet and sleep patterns, it is all this information that helps me understand how to treat your condition.

Then I will ask you to sit on the treatment couch, after a short physical examination, taking pulses and checking your tongue, we will start to needle.

The first needles are very superficially inserted into points on the back. This is called a drain, this is a detox treatment that will allow us to begin with a nice clean meridian system.

Then during that same treatment session we will also begin work on your condition.

Once your condition is sorted out many people decide to come for a ‘seasonal tune up’

Every time the season changes, you can pop in for a treatment.

Chinese Medicine, un-like its western medical counterpart, is a preventive medicine, rather than treating the body once it is already sate of disharmony or disease.

If you would like to know more about acupuncture and how it might help you please contact me.

After I suffered a second, late, miscarriage I sought out other therapies in addition to the NHS tests that I was undergoing to help my husband and I to conceive again quickly and to support me in carrying a baby to term. When I met Jacqui I felt that she had so much empathy with my situation, was so knowledgeable about the subject and so practical in the support that she could give me. I started regular acupuncture sessions alongside other treatment for two blood-clotting disorders that had been identified by the NHS tests. Almost immediately I began to have a great feeling of well-being and my regular chats with Jacqui re-inforced this to keep me in a positive frame of mind. I conceived fairly quickly and Jacqui was the first person I told about the good news, after my husband! My sessions with Jacqui then focussed on helping support my growing baby and also on allaying the great worry I was feeling that things might go wrong again. I found that during the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy, and until I had got past the point at which I miscarried my second pregnancy, Jacqui was an absolute rock. It was wonderful to have someone with whom I could talk openly and honestly about my fears, as well as my hopes. Jacqui really supported me every step of the way. As the weeks went by, and I grew more heavily pregnant, my fears were slowly replaced by the dawning realisation that I was actually going to have a baby this time! On 28th August my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter who has already brought so much joy and happiness to our lives. I am so thankful to Jacqui for helping me through the highs and lows of conception and early pregnancy; I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her services to anyone who might find themselves, sadly, in a similar situation to the one I was in.

Testimonial for: Acupuncture for Fertility in Leamington Spa

Counselling Case Study

The following information has been changed to protect my client’s identity.

Jane is in her 40’s and happily married mother of twin’s aged 4. Her husband is in remittance stage two MS. Jane came to me for counselling because of the recent death of her elderly mother. She had previously had counselling 10 years ago when her first husband committed suicide. We worked together for 8 sessions.

My initial meeting with Jane was focused on finding out the nature of her bereavement and for me to describe the kind of counselling that I have on offer. My initial session gives me an idea of what the client may need and also allow a client to get an idea of how sessions may be needed and expectations and goals, so that we have a firm base for the counselling relationship to be built on.

Jane was unsure as to whether counselling would help her, she felt her previous experience of counselling had failed her; she felt that her counselor had been very young and that some of the material that they had covered had been beyond that counselor’s scope. However Jane was open for change and hopefully we could work well together and that my previous experience in bereavement counselling would be very beneficial. We agreed to review our progress at the end of three sessions, to ensure that Jane was happy with the progress.

During the session’s we talked about the nature of her relationship with her Mother and it became apparent very quickly that Jane felt guilty. She had spent her mother’s final moments trying to resuscitate her. Now Jane wished that she had spent those precious moments telling her how much she loved her. Jane regretted that she had not spent more time with her mother during her last few months and could have been more “patient” with her. The final picture of her mother’s last distressing moments kept playing through her mind.

Grief effects everyone in different ways and Jane could not cope with her feelings of guilt and remorse, the conflicting thoughts, the reality of trying to save her mother and the guilt of not expressing her love and spending enough quality time. She would look for excuse’s not to go home to her village and look after her elderly parents, she was an only child born to the couple later in life.

Jane was seeking change or to come to some kind of acceptance. There was also unresolved emotions around the death of her first husband whom she married very young and had a rocky relationship with – suffering from mental illness he tragically committed suicide after the relationship came to an end. This situation among others had resulted in Jane labeling herself as “unlucky” she felt that this might be a self full filling prophecy, not least that now she was happily married her husband was now suffering from MS.

Jane portrayed herself as a very capable businesswoman and mother, however there seemed to be a vulnerable inner child in side her crying out to be heard. I fed this feeling back, she was taken aback by my observation and said that this was how she felt, and we worked on giving this child a voice.

Since her mother’s death Jane was left questioning her whole being “what is it all about?” She had been a philosophy student and enjoyed thoroughly understanding things, later in life she had become an accountant, so now seemed to be relying more on logic, she seemed to be searching now for a more spiritual understanding, there appeared to be this internal battle going on.

Jane was also becoming concerned because she felt that she was “becoming obsessed by the health of her twin girls, she would sit up until the early hours of the morning alone with a bottle of wine and worry. These thoughts were hard to put down and were now affecting her sleep.

I noticed that during our sessions Jane would always underestimate the gravity of the situation she was describing, often saying “others had it worse” I fed this back to Jane, she gave herself permission for the first time to experience and accept how difficult her life had been; understanding that it was her avoidance tactics that had been masking her true feelings.
Jane described this feeling as if a “light had been switched on”.

There was a visible change in Jane she became lighter, unburdened and said that this was the best that she had felt in years. We ended our work after 8 sessions.

How we worked together:

We looked how Jane felt about her close relationships and how “guilt “ played a huge role, impacting terribly on how she felt about herself. We worked on some childhood issues, how being the only children to older parents impacts on you in many ways. Accepting the fact that she could never have saved her Mother and that  her Mother always new how much she loved her. Most of our work was centered on the process of loss and the five stages of loss, understanding that each loss needs to be recognised and worked through.

Seeing the changes in Jane through counselling her and the many clients that I work with makes my job so incredibly rewarding.