What to expect
When you call My Options you can schedule in a counselling session. Counselling sessions can be by phone or face-to-face.
A counselling session usually lasts about an hour and will give you:
- time and space to work through your feelings about the pregnancy
- the opportunity to discuss your options
- help in telling your partner, friends and family, if you want to
- practical information on your rights and entitlements
- the supports that are available to you if you’re in education or if you’re working
- information on abortion services and how to access these
Counsellors have experience in dealing with all issues relating to an unplanned pregnancy.
You can have a number of counselling sessions with My Options to support you in your decision, if needed.
Other HSE-funded unplanned pregnancy counselling services
As well as My Options, the HSE funds face-to-face unplanned pregnancy counselling services.
Face-to-face counselling agencies are usually able to arrange an appointment within 2 to 5 days.
Bringing a friend
You may want to bring a friend or partner with you for support. Counsellors try to speak to each person on their own as part of a counselling session.
Sometimes a parent may want to come to the counselling session. If you would prefer to speak to the counsellor alone, you could phone before your appointment and check what will happen.
Counselling for under 18s
No matter what age you are, what is most important is that you get the support you need. The counselling provided will depend on your exact age and on the agency’s policy. Agencies may suggest that you get support from a parent or another supportive adult.