Welcome to the Leading Mental Health Counselling Service for People with Disabilities & Injuries

Expert Support, Tailored for You: Specialist Counselling from Those Who Truly Understand

We are the largest specialist mental health counselling service for disabilities and injuries in the UK. We provide support to individuals with disabilities or injuries and their carers. We are the first counselling service to offer a comprehensive range of 23 disabilities and injuries. 

What Sets Us Apart: We stand out from other counselling practices by offering a unique and specialised approach. What truly differentiates us is that our team consists of psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors who have personally experienced disabilities or, where inappropriate, are experts in specific disabilities and injuries. This firsthand understanding enables us to connect with our clients more deeply and provide tailored support beyond general counselling practices.

two ladies in a park, they are using sign language to talk to each-other. They are discussing BSL Counselling.

Select a Specialist Therapist in your Disability or Injury

⇒ Ataxia
⇒ Muscular Dystrophy
⇒ Road Traffic Accidents
⇒ Parkinson’s
⇒ Motor Neuron’s
⇒ Brain Injuries

 

If your Disability or Injury is not listed, you will be seen by a Psychotherapist or Psychologist who understands your Disability.

A man who is sat in his wheelchair, he has a complete (paraplegia) spinal cord injury

Common Challenges We Support you with

⇒ Chronic Pain
⇒ Abelism/ Discrimination
⇒ Insomnia
⇒ Eating Issues
⇒ Worries about the future
⇒ Financial Strain
⇒ Employment Issues
⇒ Communication
⇒ Carer Problems
⇒ Physical Challenges
⇒ Memory Retention
⇒ Social Isolation
⇒ Healthcare Challenges
⇒ Access to Services

 

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Mental Health Issues We Work with Daily

⇒ Depression
⇒ Generalised Anxiety
⇒ Social Anxiety
⇒ Post Traumatic Stress
⇒ Low Self-esteem
⇒ Emotional Regulation
⇒ Anger
⇒ Psychosis
⇒ Stress
⇒ Grief and Loss
⇒ OCD
⇒ ADHD
⇒ Self-Harm
⇒ Suicidal Thoughts

 

Man sat on a desk, he is signing within a BSL counselling session.

Paying Yourself

Opting for self-pay means you can commence your counselling journey typically within a week, offering immediate support when you need it most.

Furthermore, for those awaiting free funding approval, self-pay provides an opportunity to start counselling without delay, ensuring continuity of care and support.

No waiting lists or reports are being sent to GPs. It’s Confidential.  

Session Fees

For the general public, we heavily discounted our session fees. This enables them to access counselling easily at an affordable price.

Session Fees for 50 minutes:

♣ Initial Session £50

♣ Pay as you go £70

♣ Saver3 £180  (3 Sessions)

For those who use assistive communication devices, session times move from 50 to 70 minutes with a session fee of £90 & saver pack of 3 sessions at £220

Some people may find that self-paid is just out of reach if this is the case let us know and we can generally help with a payment plan.

⇒ Self-Referral Form ⇐

Free Funding

Understanding the financial constraints accompanying living with a disability, we proudly offer our free funding applications service in most of England and Wales.

This initiative is focused on individuals with complex needs; navigate to your service (disability) page to see if a funding application can be made for you. 

Application Process

Upon expressing interest in our disability counselling services, clients are promptly scheduled for an assessment session within seven days. This initial meeting is essential, as it allows us to understand each client’s unique challenges and needs fully, fostering an environment of empathy and understanding—a crucial step towards therapeutic progress.

Following the assessment, our team will take responsibility for applying for free funding on behalf of the client.

We manage this process meticulously to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience, liberating our clients from administrative tasks.

Counselling sessions are typically scheduled to commence within 12 weeks of the assessment and approval, although this timeline may vary depending on the region.

While we strive to secure free financing for our clients, it’s important to note that the availability of such funding can vary as different regions within England and Wales have specific rules.

Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for Free Funding

Free funding is available under one or more of the following conditions:

  • The individual is in care or has a carer.
  • The individual has a complex disability.
  • The individual uses a communication device.
  • The individual has been discharged from the local mental health service as unsuitable due to the complexity of their needs.
  • The individual is aged 18 or over.

For those with a good level of physical or neurological ability who do not require a carer, it is typically necessary to seek support through local mental health services with a referral from their GP.

However, it is often the case that such individuals are found not to meet the criteria of local mental health services and are subsequently discharged.

Should clients not meet the local mental health services criteria, we can apply for free funding for specialist support.

Man sat on a desk, he is signing within a BSL counselling session.

Other Referrals

We proudly collaborate with employment support companies, solicitors, GPs, IAPT Mental Health services, audiologists, local mental health providers, and many more professionals to ensure comprehensive care for our clients.

Who is this service for?

To access our support, you must be:

  • aged 14+ (self-paid)

  • aged 18+ (free funding application)
  • Registered with a GP
  • Have a disability, injury or rare disease
  • Want Counselling or Psychotherapy
  • Have access to a phone, tablet or computer

Comprehensive Counselling for Various Disabilities and Neurological Issues

Our team of registered counsellors, psychologists, and psychotherapists, accredited by BACP or UKCP, are equipped to support individuals with a wide range of disabilities and mental health disorders.

We understand the nuanced impact that different disabilities can have on mental well-being and strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their thoughts and emotions.

In addition to our specialised counselling services for disabilities, we also offer support for neurological issues such as epilepsy and degenerative diseases like MND and Parkinson’s.

We believe in providing holistic care, acknowledging the complex interplay between physical and mental health.

Testimonials

These testimonials and success stories illustrate the transformative impact of disability counselling, emphasising the potential for positive change and growth in the lives of individuals with a disability or injury.

“Adjusting to life after limb loss was daunting until I met my therapist through this service. Her own experience with limb loss has brought a level of empathy and practical advice that’s been instrumental in my adaptation and growth, helping me to embrace new possibilities.”

“Since my spinal cord injury, it’s been hard to see a way forward. However, support from Kevin, who also has a SCI has been amazing. He helped me with dignity and optimism, offering guidance grounded in shared experience.”

“Facing cancer is a profound challenge, but the support I’ve received has given me the strength. The empathetic guidance, grounded in an understanding of cancer’s impact, has helped me navigate this journey with resilience.”

“Engaging with a psychotherapist who also is on the autism spectrum has opened up new avenues of self-understanding and acceptance for me. The tailored approach and shared perspective have been key in helping me navigate social interactions and sensory challenges.”

“Communicating in BSL with my therapist, who is also Deaf, has made all the difference in my counselling experience. This shared language and understanding of Deaf culture have allowed me to explore my feelings and challenges in a deeply meaningful way.”

“Adapting to sight loss is an ongoing journey, but having a therapist who also has sight loss was incredibly empowering. His personal insights and professional skills have helped me to adjust and find new ways to connect with people.”

“Working with a psychotherapist who also has cerebral palsy has been so positive. Her personal insight and expertise have helped me tackle daily challenges in ways I hadn’t imagined, making me feel truly understood and supported.”

“The unique challenges of living with spina bifida is something my therapist knows all about. This shared understanding has created a space of genuine support and tailored strategies that have enhanced my independence and confidence.”

“Navigating the disorientation of my vestibular disorder can feel isolating, but the counselling I’ve received has been a lifeline. The understanding and tailored advice from someone who knows this struggle have been crucial in my journey towards balance and wellbeing.”

“My epilepsy diagnosis felt overwhelming until I began sessions with a therapist who understands the condition from the inside. Their guidance on managing seizures and the psychological impact of epilepsy has provided me with a stronger sense of control and resilience.”

“Dealing with a rare genetic disease can feel isolating, but my counsellor has been fantastic. Though she does not share my exact condition, she does have a rare disorder. Her deep understanding and experience in supporting rare disorders have provided me with guidance and a sense of not being alone.”

Partial Hand Loss – Anita, 38: “Counselling after my partial hand loss was a turning point. It helped me understand adaptive techniques, proving that creativity knows no boundaries.”

Our Blogs

Cancer Coping Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Fog with Specialist Counselling

Cancer Coping StrategiesIntroduction When cancer enters your life, it feels as though you've been thrust into a tempest, with emotions swirling like a storm around you. Yet, within this turmoil, there's a beacon of hope and understanding - specialist counselling. Embarking on this journey, it's...

Cancer Counselling: A Deeper Journey of Healing and Understanding

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Brain Injury Mental Health

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The Psychological Effects of Using Assistive Technologies: A Balanced Perspective

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Navigating Choices: The Diverse Paths in Deafness and Education in the UK

Deaf BlogIntroduction A brief overview of the complexities within the deaf community regarding communication and education. Scope of the blog: Examining the benefits of different communication options, including sign language, cochlear implants, and oral communication with or without BSL, as well...

The Unique Benefits of Specialist Mental Health Counselling from Psychologists with Spinal Cord Injuries

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Cerebral Palsy Nice

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Understanding the Vital Role of Specialist Disability Counselling

Disabilities Counselling"Welcome to a journey of discovery where empathy, expertise, and empowerment intersect in disability counselling. In the landscape of mental health support, one field stands out for its unique challenges and requirements – disability counselling. This specialised branch of...

Specialist Counselling & Psychotherapy Services

Showing 23 therapies, if yours is not listed contact us to see if we can support you.

Genetic & Hereditary Disorders

Cerebral Palsy

Quadriplegia

Dystrophy

Multiple Sclerosis

Brittle Bones (OI)

Cancer

Rare Genetic Disorders

Ataxia

Spina Bifida

Accidents & Injuries

Road Traffic

Brain Injury

Spinal Cord

Quadriplegia

Limb Loss

Head Injuries

Degenerative & Neurological Disorders

Motor Neurone

Parkinson's

Vestibular

Autism

Epilepsy

Sensory Loss

Sight Loss

BSL Counselling

Hearing Loss

A elderly man in his 60's sat at his desk at home. He has a tie on and looks relaxed. He has started parkinson's disease counselling.

Questions you may wish to ask?

    Questions About Our Service?

    What to expect? – your counsellor will understand the issues you may be facing; each person is different; however, in Disability Counselling, common themes are discussed.

    Therapy – we usually offer counselling that supports resolutions of your current issues and future planning. Some people prefer a longer, more profound form of psychotherapy. We support both modes of counselling.

    When can I start counselling? – if you are paying for sessions, sessions generally start within a fortnight. If you wanted NHS funding, we would make an application following a free assessment session.

    No NHS funding application is guaranteed to be successful, and the timeframe is normally between 8 and 12 weeks. 

    We pride ourselves on providing safe and compassionate Disability Focused Counselling where all individuals, regardless of cultural, gender or sexual identity, can receive equitable mental health services and support.

    So, if you’re struggling in any way right now, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

    Who Can Make a Referral?

    As a specialist service with a wealth of experience, we can support organisations and the general public with excellent Counselling and Psychotherapies.

    Services for 

    ♣ Individuals 

    ♣ Couples

    ♣ Care-Givers

    ♣ Family Members

    ♣ Friends

    ♣ National Health Services

    ♣ Mental Health Providers

    ♣ Universities & Schools

    ♣ Solicitors & Courts

    ♣ Insurance Companies

    ♣ Businesses

    Counselling Benefits?

    We know that most people we see do not have mental health conditions; they have emotional stressors & issues subjected to accessibility, discrimination, limited opportunities, relationships & physical, and neurological conditions in general.

    These are key issues many disabled people face daily.

    Living with a disability or injury can have a significant emotional impact on individuals, as well as their families and caregivers. Here are some benefits of your counselling

    Emotional support: A disability can be a difficult and challenging condition to live with, and counselling can provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to process their emotions and feelings related to their diagnosis.

    Coping strategies: Our counsellors are trained to help individuals develop coping strategies for managing their physical and emotional symptoms.

    Problem-solving: The therapists can help individuals identify and address specific challenges related to their issues and work with them to find solutions.

    Improved quality of life: By addressing the emotional and practical challenges of the disability or injury, counselling can help improve an individual’s overall quality of life and well-being.

    Better communication: Counselling can help individuals improve their communication skills and relationships with friends, family, and healthcare providers.

    Increased resilience: By helping individuals develop a positive outlook and coping strategies, counselling can increase resilience and help individuals better manage the ups and downs of living with a disability or injury.

    Self Paying Fees?

    Private pay clients are able to choose the focus, duration, and frequency of therapy.

    Clients are even allowed to choose the length of sessions. Research shows that clients who have to pay something for their treatment have more positive outcomes than those who receive free treatment.

    Individuals can start their Counselling almost immediately.

    There are no waiting lists or reports being sent to GPs. It’s Confidential.  

    Pricing 

    For the general public, we heavily discounted our session fees. This enables them to access counselling easily at an affordable price.

    Session Fees for 50 minutes:

    ♣ Initial Session £50

    ♣ Pay as you go £70

    ♣ Saver3 £180  (3 Sessions)

    For those who use assistive communication devices, session times move from 50 to 70 minutes with a session fee of £90 & saver pack of 3 sessions at £220

    Some people may find that self-paid is just out of reach if this is the case let us know and we can generally help with a payment plan.

    Free Funding?

    Usually, your GP will refer you to the local IAPT mental health service if you ask for support. 

    We can apply for specialist counselling if you have one or more of the following:

    ⇒ You have been discharged from the local NHS service as unsuitable for their counselling.

    ⇒ You have been recommended to see a Specialist Disability Counselling Service.

    ⇒ You have one or more issues around grief or addictions.

    ⇒ You use a communication device.

    ⇒ There are some other exceptional circumstances you can tell us about.

    Talk to us to see if you qualify for a free funding application or self-refer to start the funding process.

    If applying for free funding, the first session is free.

    This session is an assessment; it’s the foundation to enable us to make the application with a first-class treatment plan specific to you or the client.

    Free funding applications are based on your complex needs & exceptional circumstances. 

    Free funding cannot be guaranteed, and every case is based on its own merits.

    Specialist Disability & Injury Counselling

    Expert Support, Tailored for You: Specialist Counselling from Those Who Truly Understand

    We are the largest disability and injury specialist mental health counselling service in the UK. We provide support to individuals with a disability or injury and their carers.

    What Sets Us Apart: We stand out from other counselling practices by offering a unique and specialised approach. What truly differentiates us is that our team consists of psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors who have personally experienced disabilities or where inappropriate are experts in certain disabilities and injuries. This firsthand understanding enables us to connect with our clients more deeply and provide tailored support beyond general counselling practices.

    Select a Specialist Therapist in your Disability or Injury

    ⇒ Ataxia
    ⇒ Muscular Dystrophy
    ⇒ Road Traffic Accidents
    ⇒ Parkinson’s
    ⇒ Motor Neuron’s
    ⇒ Brain Injuries

    If your Disability or Injury is not listed, you will be seen by a Psychotherapist or Psychologist who understands your Disability.

    Common Challenges We Support you with

    ⇒ Chronic Pain
    ⇒ Abelism/ Discrimination
    ⇒ Insomnia
    ⇒ Eating Issues
    ⇒ Worries about the future
    ⇒ Financial Strain
    ⇒ Employment Issues
    ⇒ Communication
    ⇒ Carer Problems
    ⇒ Physical Challenges
    ⇒ Memory Retention
    ⇒ Social Isolation
    ⇒ Healthcare Challenges
    ⇒ Access to Services

     

    Mental Health Issues We Work with Daily

    ⇒ Depression
    ⇒ Generalised Anxiety
    ⇒ Social Anxiety
    ⇒ Post Traumatic Stress
    ⇒ Low Self-esteem
    ⇒ Emotional Regulation
    ⇒ Anger
    ⇒ Psychosis
    ⇒ Stress
    ⇒ Grief and Loss
    ⇒ OCD
    ⇒ ADHD
    ⇒ Self-Harm
    ⇒ Suicidal Thoughts

     

    Free Funding

    Understanding the financial constraints accompanying living with a disability, we proudly offer our free funding applications service in most of England and Wales.

    This initiative is focused on individuals with complex needs; navigate to your service (disability) page to see if a funding application can be made for you. 

    Criteria

    The free funding criteria are based on one or more of the below situations:

    ♣  In care or has a carer.

    ♣  Has a complex disability 

    ♣ Use a communication device.

    ♣  Discharged from the local mental health service as unsuitable due to the individual’s complexity.

    ♣  18 and over

    For individuals with a good level of Physical or Neurological ability without the need for a carer, it is necessary to seek support through local mental health services referred by their GP.

    Often, however, local mental health services conclude that such clients do not fit their criteria and discharge them.

    If clients do not fit our criteria but have been discharged as unsuitable by the local mental health service, we can apply for free funding for specialist support.

    ⇒ Self-Referral Form ⇐

    Application Process

    Upon showing interest in our counselling services, clients are promptly scheduled for an assessment session within seven days.

    This initial meeting is crucial, as it allows us to grasp each client’s unique challenges and needs, fostering an environment of empathy and understanding and a step towards therapeutic progress.

    Post-assessment, our dedicated team is responsible for applying for free funding on the client’s behalf.

    This process is managed meticulously to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience for our clients and free them from additional administrative burdens.

    Counselling sessions are typically scheduled to begin within 12 weeks of assessment and approval (this can vary region by region).

    We aim to provide a supportive, empathetic, and practical counselling experience through this funding and our services.

    We can never guarantee free funding as each region within England and Wales has different rules we must follow.

    Contact us or self-refer to find out more.

    ⇒ Self-Referral Form ⇐

    Man sat on a desk, he is signing within a BSL counselling session.

    Paying Yourself

    Opting for self-pay means you can commence your counselling journey typically within a week, offering immediate support when you need it most.

    Furthermore, for those awaiting free funding approval, self-pay provides an opportunity to start counselling without delay, ensuring continuity of care and support.

    No waiting lists or reports are being sent to GPs. It’s Confidential.  

    Session Fees

    For the general public, we heavily discounted our session fees. This enables them to access counselling easily at an affordable price.

    Session Fees for 50 minutes:

    ♣ Initial Session £50

    ♣ Pay as you go £70

    ♣ Saver3 £180  (3 Sessions)

    For those who use assistive communication devices, session times move from 50 to 70 minutes with a session fee of £90 & saver pack of 3 sessions at £220

    Some people may find that self-paid is just out of reach if this is the case let us know and we can generally help with a payment plan.

    ⇒ Self-Referral Form ⇐

    Testimonials

    These testimonials and success stories illustrate the transformative impact of disability counselling, emphasising the potential for positive change and growth in the lives of individuals with a disability or injury.

    “Adjusting to life after limb loss was daunting until I met my therapist through this service. Her own experience with limb loss has brought a level of empathy and practical advice that’s been instrumental in my adaptation and growth, helping me to embrace new possibilities.”

    “Since my spinal cord injury, it’s been hard to see a way forward. However, support from Kevin, who also has a SCI has been amazing. He helped me with dignity and optimism, offering guidance grounded in shared experience.”

    “Facing cancer is a profound challenge, but the support I’ve received has given me the strength. The empathetic guidance, grounded in an understanding of cancer’s impact, has helped me navigate this journey with resilience.”

    “Engaging with a psychotherapist who also is on the autism spectrum has opened up new avenues of self-understanding and acceptance for me. The tailored approach and shared perspective have been key in helping me navigate social interactions and sensory challenges.”

    “Communicating in BSL with my therapist, who is also Deaf, has made all the difference in my counselling experience. This shared language and understanding of Deaf culture have allowed me to explore my feelings and challenges in a deeply meaningful way.”

    “Adapting to sight loss is an ongoing journey, but having a therapist who also has sight loss was incredibly empowering. His personal insights and professional skills have helped me to adjust and find new ways to connect with people.”

    “Working with a psychotherapist who also has cerebral palsy has been so positive. Her personal insight and expertise have helped me tackle daily challenges in ways I hadn’t imagined, making me feel truly understood and supported.”

    “The unique challenges of living with spina bifida is something my therapist knows all about. This shared understanding has created a space of genuine support and tailored strategies that have enhanced my independence and confidence.”

    “Navigating the disorientation of my vestibular disorder can feel isolating, but the counselling I’ve received has been a lifeline. The understanding and tailored advice from someone who knows this struggle have been crucial in my journey towards balance and wellbeing.”

    “My epilepsy diagnosis felt overwhelming until I began sessions with a therapist who understands the condition from the inside. Their guidance on managing seizures and the psychological impact of epilepsy has provided me with a stronger sense of control and resilience.”

    “Dealing with a rare genetic disease can feel isolating, but my counsellor has been fantastic. Though she does not share my exact condition, she does have a rare disorder. Her deep understanding and experience in supporting rare disorders have provided me with guidance and a sense of not being alone.”

    Partial Hand Loss – Anita, 38: “Counselling after my partial hand loss was a turning point. It helped me understand adaptive techniques, proving that creativity knows no boundaries.”

    Cancer Coping Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Fog with Specialist Counselling

    Cancer Coping StrategiesIntroduction When cancer enters your life, it feels as though you've been thrust into a tempest, with emotions swirling like a storm around you. Yet, within this turmoil, there's a beacon of hope and understanding - specialist counselling. Embarking on this journey, it's vital to recognise that while the path may be fraught with challenges, support and guidance are always...

    Cancer Counselling: A Deeper Journey of Healing and Understanding

    A Psychotherapists ProspectiveIntroduction: Cancer, a word that brings a whirlwind of emotional and physical challenges, initiates a journey far beyond medical treatment. This article delves into the profound impact of cancer, highlighting the unique role of psychotherapy, especially when the therapist shares a personal cancer experience. Cancer, a term that echoes with intensity and fear, is...

    Brain Injury Mental Health

    This article focuses on the extensive ramifications of acquired brain injuries (ABIs) on individuals, elucidating the diverse cognitive, emotional, and societal tribulations that survivors must contend with. Stemming from traumatic events and medical problems, ABIs can lead to significant alterations not only in physical faculties but also in psychological health, highlighting the importance of...

    The Psychological Effects of Using Assistive Technologies: A Balanced Perspective

    The Psychological Effects of Using Assistive Technologies: A Balanced PerspectiveIntroduction In recent years, assistive technologies have revolutionised the lives of individuals with disabilities. These invaluable tools offer a range of benefits, from increased mobility to better communication. However, as with any significant change, it's crucial to understand how these technologies can affect...

    Bridging the mental health pay gap for disabled individuals

    Mental Health Pay GapIntroduction Mental health is an invaluable aspect of overall well-being, and access to mental health counselling is a fundamental right. However, a stark contrast exists in the United Kingdom between those who can comfortably afford counselling and those who face insurmountable financial barriers. This article aims to underscore a pressing concern: individuals with...

    Navigating Choices: The Diverse Paths in Deafness and Education in the UK

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    The Unique Benefits of Specialist Mental Health Counselling from Psychologists with Spinal Cord Injuries

    Spinal Cord InjuriesIn the diverse landscape of mental health counselling, a particularly impactful form of therapy comes from psychologists who have experienced spinal cord injuriesUnsurpassed Empathy and Connection A psychologist who has personally experienced a spinal cord injury provides an additional layer of empathy and understanding to the counselling process. This first-hand experience...

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    Understanding the Vital Role of Specialist Disability Counselling

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    Disability Information

    Enhanced Empathy

    Enhanced Empathy and Understanding: When you choose a counsellor who shares your disability, you’re instantly met with heightened empathy and understanding. This common ground fosters a deep connection, allowing for more profound discussions and a more meaningful therapeutic journey.

    Genuine Connection:

    Genuine Connection: Imagine having a counsellor who has personally navigated challenges similar to yours. This creates an authentic and genuine bond, making it easier for you to express your thoughts and emotions. This, in turn, leads to a more productive and fulfilling counselling experience.

    Tailored Insights

    Tailored Insights: A counsellor who has experienced what you’re going through can provide insights and practical advice that resonate deeply. Their guidance is personalised, helping you develop more effective coping strategies and a deeper insight into your own situation.

    Cultural Competency

    Cultural Competency: Disability is a facet of diversity, and a counsellor who shares your background may possess a heightened cultural sensitivity. This ensures an inclusive and considerate approach to your counselling experience.

    Challenging Preconceptions

    Challenging Preconceptions: Opting for a counsellor who understands your disability challenges societal stereotypes and misconceptions head-on. This choice empowers you to confront biases, both internal and external, fostering your personal growth and self-awareness.

    Inspiring Role Model

    Inspiring Role Model: Picture this: a professional counsellor with a disability who excels in their field. They’re an inspiration, a living testament to what can be achieved despite obstacles. Their journey can infuse you with hope and motivate you to reach for your own goals.

    Customised Approach

    Customised Approach: Your unique needs and experiences deserve a tailored approach. A counsellor who shares your disability can adapt their methods to suit you, considering the intricate interplay between your disability and mental well-being. This adaptability leads to more relevant and effective therapeutic outcomes.

    Alleviating Isolation

    Alleviating Isolation: Feeling isolated due to your disability is a common struggle. A counsellor who understands can create a safe haven of empathy and support. In their presence, you can shed a sense of loneliness and connect with someone who truly comprehends your journey.

    Dismantling Barriers

    Dismantling Barriers: By selecting a counsellor who shares your disability, you play a role in breaking down barriers within the mental health field. Your choice aligns with the broader mission of inclusivity, representation, and equal access to top-notch care.

    Fostering Advocacy and Empowerment

    Fostering Advocacy and Empowerment: Engaging with a counsellor who shares your experience naturally promotes self-advocacy and empowerment. They guide you in developing a stronger sense of control and the skills to stand up for yourself effectively.

    Cerebral Palsy

    Dystrophy

    Rare Genetic

    Parkinson's

    Motor Neurone

    Brittle Bones (OI)

    Ataxia

    Epilepsy Counselling

    BSL Counselling

    Hearing Loss

    CODA

    Spinal Cord

    Quadriplegia

    Spina Bifida

    Limb Loss

    Road Traffic

    Brain Injuries

    Cancer

    Autism (ASD)

    Epilepsy Coaching

    Selective Mutism

    Sight Loss

    Vestibular

    Tinnitus

    We offer assistance to individuals with disabilities or injuries and their caregivers.

    Our services include:

    ⇒ Counsellors, Psychotherapists & Psychologists with Disabilities

    ⇒ No-cost funding applications in most of England & Wales (complex disabilities)

    ⇒ Self-paid counselling for immediate starts within the UK

    ⇒ Referrals from professional organisations & Local Mental Health Services

    ⇒ Carer referrals

    Welcome to DisabilityPlus, the only counselling service in the UK specialising in a comprehensive range of 23 complex disabilities and Injuries.

    Enquiries

    Self-Referral

    Our Service

    At DisabilityPlus, we understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities regarding their mental health.

    That’s why we have a team of highly trained counsellors, psychotherapists & psychologists who specialise in disabilities & injuries.

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    For most of our services, our clients will be supported by a therapist with the same or similar disability or injury; where inappropriate, for example, Brain Injuries, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurons, they would be seen by a specialist who does not have a disability. 

    This unique approach allows us to provide a more empathetic and understanding environment for our clients to open up and discuss their concerns freely.

    We offer individual mental health counselling sessions tailored to each client’s needs. Additionally, we extend our support to carers, family members, and couples, recognising that mental health affects the entire support network.

    Lady with a red jacket, she is in a wheelchair looking forwards with a warm smile. She has her laptop, she is about to start a disability counselling session.
    Lady with a red jacket, she is in a wheelchair looking forwards with a warm smile. She has her laptop, she is about to start a disability counselling session.

    Free Funding

    Understanding the financial constraints accompanying living with a disability, we proudly offer our free funding applications service in most of England and Wales.

    This initiative is focused on individuals with complex needs; navigate to your service (disability) page to see if a funding application can be made for you. 

    Application Process

    Upon expressing interest in our disability counselling services, clients are promptly scheduled for an assessment session within seven days. This initial meeting is essential, as it allows us to understand each client’s unique challenges and needs fully, fostering an environment of empathy and understanding—a crucial step towards therapeutic progress.

    Following the assessment, our team will take responsibility for applying for free funding on behalf of the client.

    We manage this process meticulously to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience, liberating our clients from administrative tasks.

    Counselling sessions are typically scheduled to commence within 12 weeks of the assessment and approval, although this timeline may vary depending on the region.

    While we strive to secure free financing for our clients, it’s important to note that the availability of such funding can vary as different regions within England and Wales have specific rules.

    Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria for Free Funding

    Free funding is available under one or more of the following conditions:

    • The individual is in care or has a carer.
    • The individual has a complex disability.
    • The individual uses a communication device.
    • The individual has been discharged from the local mental health service as unsuitable due to the complexity of their needs.
    • The individual is aged 18 or over.

    For those with a good level of physical or neurological ability who do not require a carer, it is typically necessary to seek support through local mental health services with a referral from their GP.

    However, it is often the case that such individuals are found not to meet the criteria of local mental health services and are subsequently discharged.

    Should clients not meet the local mental health services criteria, we can apply for free funding for specialist support.

    Enquiries

    Self-Referral

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    Self-Paid

    Opting for self-pay means you can commence your counselling journey typically within a week, offering immediate support when you need it most.

    Furthermore, for those awaiting free funding approval, self-pay provides an opportunity to start counselling without delay, ensuring continuity of care and support.

    No waiting lists or reports are being sent to GPs. It’s Confidential.  

    Session Fees

    For the general public, we heavily discounted our session fees. This enables them to access counselling easily at an affordable price.

    Session Fees for 50 minutes:

    ♣ Initial Session £50

    ♣ Pay as you go £70

    ♣ Saver3 £180  (3 Sessions)

    For those who use assistive communication devices, session times move from 50 to 70 minutes with a session fee of £90 & saver pack of 3 sessions at £220

    Some people may find that self-paid is just out of reach if this is the case let us know and we can generally help with a payment plan.

    ⇒ Self-Referral Form ⇐

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    Tailored Support

    At our counselling service, we are dedicated to providing tailored support that truly resonates with our clients. We understand that each individual’s journey is unique, especially for those living with disabilities. 

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    That’s why we take great care in matching each client with the most suitable therapist. Our team comprises empathetic and experienced counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, many of whom share similar life experiences with our clients due to their own disabilities.

    In instances where having a therapist with the same disability isn’t the best fit, we offer specialists who possess deep understanding and expertise in specific disabilities.

    This thoughtful pairing ensures that every client receives the most effective, personalised, and understanding care, fostering an environment of trust and profound healing.

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    Testimonials

    These testimonials and success stories illustrate the transformative impact of disability counselling, emphasising the potential for positive change and growth in the lives of individuals with a disability or injury.

    “Adjusting to life after limb loss was daunting until I met my therapist through this service. Her own experience with limb loss has brought a level of empathy and practical advice that’s been instrumental in my adaptation and growth, helping me to embrace new possibilities.”

    “Since my spinal cord injury, it’s been hard to see a way forward. However, support from Kevin, who also has a SCI has been amazing. He helped me with dignity and optimism, offering guidance grounded in shared experience.”

    “Facing cancer is a profound challenge, but the support I’ve received has given me the strength. The empathetic guidance, grounded in an understanding of cancer’s impact, has helped me navigate this journey with resilience.”

    “Engaging with a psychotherapist who also is on the autism spectrum has opened up new avenues of self-understanding and acceptance for me. The tailored approach and shared perspective have been key in helping me navigate social interactions and sensory challenges.”

    “Communicating in BSL with my therapist, who is also Deaf, has made all the difference in my counselling experience. This shared language and understanding of Deaf culture have allowed me to explore my feelings and challenges in a deeply meaningful way.”

    “Adapting to sight loss is an ongoing journey, but having a therapist who also has sight loss was incredibly empowering. His personal insights and professional skills have helped me to adjust and find new ways to connect with people.”

    “Working with a psychotherapist who also has cerebral palsy has been so positive. Her personal insight and expertise have helped me tackle daily challenges in ways I hadn’t imagined, making me feel truly understood and supported.”

    “The unique challenges of living with spina bifida is something my therapist knows all about. This shared understanding has created a space of genuine support and tailored strategies that have enhanced my independence and confidence.”

    “Navigating the disorientation of my vestibular disorder can feel isolating, but the counselling I’ve received has been a lifeline. The understanding and tailored advice from someone who knows this struggle have been crucial in my journey towards balance and wellbeing.”

    “My epilepsy diagnosis felt overwhelming until I began sessions with a therapist who understands the condition from the inside. Their guidance on managing seizures and the psychological impact of epilepsy has provided me with a stronger sense of control and resilience.”

    “Dealing with a rare genetic disease can feel isolating, but my counsellor has been fantastic. Though she does not share my exact condition, she does have a rare disorder. Her deep understanding and experience in supporting rare disorders have provided me with guidance and a sense of not being alone.”

    Partial Hand Loss – Anita, 38: “Counselling after my partial hand loss was a turning point. It helped me understand adaptive techniques, proving that creativity knows no boundaries.”

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    Counselling Services

    If your disability or long-term condition is not within our services below, contact us as I am sure we can help. 

    Questions?

    Online Sessions – we offer video sessions; why?

    Few counsellors specialise in supporting people with disabilities. By offering video sessions, we can help you wherever you live.

    What to expect? – your counsellor will understand the issues you may be facing; each person is different; however, in Disabilities Counselling, common themes are discussed.

    Therapy – we usually offer counselling that supports resolutions of your current issues and future planning. Some people prefer a longer, more profound form of psychotherapy. We support both modes of counselling.

    When can I start counselling? – if you are paying for sessions, sessions generally start within a fortnight. If you wanted NHS funding, we would make an application following a free assessment session.

    No NHS funding application is guaranteed to be successful, and the timeframe is normally between 8 and 12 weeks. 

    We pride ourselves on providing safe and compassionate Disability Focused Counselling where all individuals, regardless of cultural, gender or sexual identity, can receive equitable mental health services and support.

    So, if you’re struggling in any way right now, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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