Our Counsellors


Our skilled counsellors provide counselling support to all of those who feel they need to talk to a professional during what can be an emotional time. 

Chris (Head of Counselling, Women’s Services. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)

Chris is Head of Counselling at Leeds Fertility, having worked in specialist infertility counselling and psychology services over the last 26 years. He has a long history of research, education and clinical practice and is published in peer reviewed journals. Whilst working extensively across all aspects of specialist infertility counselling, he has a particular interest in surrogacy, the impact of illicit drug use on infertility, clinical governance - practice and policy development and factors affecting the welfare of children. He has a PhD and is accredited by the British Infertility Counsellors Association. He is a significant advocate for the promotion of psychological and emotional support for patients.

Angela Pericleous-Smith

Angela has worked as a Counsellor for 19 years, joining Leeds Fertility in 2004. Previously, working with one-parent families, survivors of rape and abuse and as a Children’s counsellor for the NSPCC.

Angela has a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling (Leeds Met), MA in Psychoanalytical Studies (Leeds Met) and PG Certificate in Supervision (St. Johns, York). Angela is Chair of the British Infertility Counsellors Association (BICA), Deputy Chair of BICA’s Accreditation Board and a BICA Trainer providing training to other fertility counsellors to promote the highest standards of fertility counselling.

Angela offers support, therapeutic and implications counselling to couples and individuals exploring their fertility and considering assisted conception or fertility preservation and people experiencing infertility, secondary infertility and people who are involuntarily childless.

Angela’s interests include all aspects of assisted conception, donation treatment, surrogacy and gender dysphoria.

Pam Mather

Pam is a person-centred counsellor who originally trained as a mental health nurse and is now an accredited member of BICA .Having qualified as a counsellor she began a career in the fertility field within licensed clinics in 2000.Working collaboratively with individuals and couples she strives to recognise and acknowledge the impact and emotional distress fertility issues can have on life and relationships.