With more than 10 years’ experience supporting Genea couples, Lynne Perl sees great value in ensuring male partners are engaged and involved in counselling sessions. Over the years, Lynne has observed that it is often the men who take on the primary support role for their partners during the infertility journey, sometimes at the expense of their own emotional needs. That’s why she works hard to encourage involve male partners to come for counselling.
After graduating with a degree in Social Work from Cape Town University in South Africa, Lynne went on to travel and study further in the United Kingdom, at both the Tavistock Clinic and Manchester University.
Upon emigrating to Australia, Lynne undertook further and extensive training in Narrative Therapy at both Macquarie University in Sydney and the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide. In 2005, she completed a Master of Arts (Family and Couple Therapy) at the University of NSW.
Lynne’s experience in post-adoption counselling first sparked her interest in donor conception and infertility treatment. When she had an opportunity to join Genea as a counsellor, she was excited about channelling the knowledge and insights she had gained into a new direction.
She feels incredibly privileged to work with and assist individuals and couples who are trying to conceive and finds the challenge both moving and inspiring. Another of Lynne’s particular interests is facilitating the Mind Your Own Body
groups, where she enjoys seeing women connect with one another. In fact, she relishes the fact that many longstanding friendships have been formed through these groups where women can share similar experiences and can talk freely and honestly about their fertility journey.
Lynne knows that IVF is a huge challenge and can be one of the main crisis points in any person’s life, requiring resilience and resourcefulness to manage the ups and downs of treatment. She believes that having a non-medical space to talk about all aspects of a patient’s life, not just about IVF, is an integral part of the treatment process.
Lynne is located at Genea Sydney CBD