Mental Health Counselling for

Adults with Spina Bifida

Specialist Psychological Support

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment Support, Professional Organisations.

Spina Bifida Counselling for Adults with Mental or Emotional Health Conditions due to SB.

Counsellors & Psychotherapists from the same Cultural Group of Disability.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

You are not alone

Mental Health Counselling for

Adults with Spina Bifida

Specialist Psychological Support

Your Service

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment Support, Professional Organisations.

Spina Bifida Counselling for Adults with Mental or Emotional Health Conditions due to SB.

Counsellors & Psychotherapists from the same Cultural Group of Disability.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video. Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

Cultural Expertise

Spina Bifida Counselling can help you with your emotional & mental health; our therapists work with people with varying degrees of spina bifida. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

Our team understands that living with spina bifida can be difficult, but we know it can be manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping you think more clearly & gain a purpose.

One of the most important aspects of psychotherapy is the relationship you form with your therapist. Using therapists with a culturally similar disability will help you experience a sense of belonging and connection with similar challenges to yours.

Applying expertise and care, our specialist therapists support adults, teenagers, family members, couples & carers with expert counselling.

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Expertise

Spina Bifida Counselling can help you with your emotional & mental health; our therapists work with people with varying degrees of spina bifida. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

Our team understands that living with spina bifida can be difficult, but we know it can be manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping you think more clearly & gain a purpose.

Culture

One of the most important aspects of psychotherapy is the relationship you form with your therapist. Using therapists with a culturally similar disability will help you experience a sense of belonging and connection with similar challenges to yours.

Applying expertise and care, our specialist therapists support adults, teenagers, family members, couples & carers with expert counselling.

Therapy

Spina Bifida Counselling is with therapists with the lived experience needed to understand the complexity of spina bifida.

Your therapist will not have spina bifida; you will have a choice of a counsellor with cerebral palsy, brittle bones or a  complete C4 spinal cord injury. (A C4 spinal cord injured person has similar characteristics to Spina Bifida. How? C4 is the most severe spinal cord injury level & has similar life experiences.)

Our therapy supports you with mental & emotional health issues to allow you to have a brighter future.

Our Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition that stems from spina bifida. Our specialist therapists understand the problems a life-long condition can have on your mental & emotional health.

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Therapy

Spina Bifida Counselling is with therapists with the lived experience needed to understand the complexity of spina bifida.

Your therapist will not have spina bifida; you will have a choice of a counsellor with cerebral palsy, brittle bones or a  complete C4 spinal cord injury. (A C4 spinal cord injured person has similar characteristics to Spina Bifida. How? C4 is the most severe spinal cord injury level & has similar life experiences.)

Our therapy supports you with mental & emotional health issues to allow you to have a brighter future.

Our Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition that stems from spina bifida. Our specialist therapists understand the problems a life-long condition can have on your mental & emotional health.

Mental Health

Spina bifida (SB) impact on cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functioning places individuals at risk for mental health concerns.

Our Spina Bifida Counselling is not restricted to a single method of therapy. Each person can bring different presenting issues; one solution does not fit all. As a specialist service, we can support you no matter the problems. We can help you set goals to work towards, particularly during the initial stages. We know that goals & aspirations should be meaningful to your life and attainable and realistic.

Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

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Mental Health

Spina bifida (SB) impact on cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functioning places individuals at risk for mental health concerns.

Our Spina Bifida Counselling is not restricted to a single method of therapy. Each person can bring different presenting issues; one solution does not fit all. As a specialist service, we can support you no matter the problems. We can help you set goals to work towards, particularly during the initial stages. We know that goals & aspirations should be meaningful to your life and attainable and realistic.

Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

a person sat at a desk looking at a monitor with a psychotherapist, the person is within a spinal cord injury counselling session.

Emotional Impact

Spina Bifida can affect how you live daily and how you see yourself and relate to others. You might feel hopeless about the future and not burden others with your feelings. These are typical responses; however, support, information, and effective counselling can help remove your feelings of dependence.

The emotional impact of SB can make you feel sad, frightened, confused, worried, angry, & overwhelmed. In severe cases, Addictions  & Suicidal Thoughts can come to the surface. However, a specialist counselling service with specialist therapists can help you through your journey with shared experiences.

Emotional Impact

Spina Bifida can affect how you live daily and how you see yourself and relate to others. You might feel hopeless about the future and not burden others with your feelings. These are typical responses; however, support, information, and effective counselling can help remove your feelings of dependence.

The emotional impact of SB can make you feel sad, frightened, confused, worried, angry, & overwhelmed. In severe cases, Addictions  & Suicidal Thoughts can come to the surface. However, a specialist counselling service with specialist therapists can help you through your journey with shared experiences.

Funding Options

Referrals

Our Spina Bifida Counselling referrals cater for all types of requirements, you can contact us directly for more information or complete a self-referral form to move to the next step. We reply to you within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

NHS Applications

Spina Bifida Counselling Applications for Free NHS Funding

You firstly Self-Refer by using this link:  NHS Self-Referral

Once you have completed the form, you will be asked to attend a free counselling session; this session helps us make an application for you.

No NHS application is guaranteed to be successful; we do, though, support most NHS regions in the UK.

A typical timescale to start the sessions is 12 weeks from the date of the assessment session.

Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting us on the form below this section.

Professional Organisations

We support many organisations with Spina Bifida Counselling including solicitors, and employment support all the way through to smaller organisations that need support.

Contact us to find out more.

Self-Pay Plans

Spina Bifida Counselling Sessions are 50 minutes long and booked in advance.

We offer self-pay plans, including pay-by-session & saver packs where you can buy groups of 3 & 6 sessions at reduced price points.

Single Session – £85

3 Session Saver – £210 (£70)

6 Session Saver – £360 (£60)

Please contact us if you are in financial difficulties.

 

Mixed Plans

Being a major service, we can offer Spina Bifida Counselling with a mixed plan. This means you can start paying privately & then if or when funding comes in you can switch to a funded model of counselling.

Contact us to find out more

Contact us

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Phone

+44 7539 877357

Email

info@disabilityplus.co.uk

Head Office Address

DisabilityPlus House, 25 Pembroke Avenue

Hersham, KT12 4NT

 

 

 

General Information

What is Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect associated with life.

Spina bifida occulta (SBO) commonly affects an estimated 8-15% of adults. In the UK, this means between 5-10 million people may have one or more vertebrae incompletely closed.

In children, this finding is even more common.

It’s a type of neural tube defect (NTD) that occurs when a baby’s neural tube fails to develop or close properly – the literal meaning for Spina Bifida is “split spine.” Typically occurring within the first 28 days of pregnancy while the neural tube is forming, Spina Bifida often occurs before a woman knows she is pregnant. 

Commonly referred to as the “snowflake condition” of birth defects because no two cases are the same, Spina Bifida can range from mild to severe. The severity depends on everything from the size of the opening to the location on the spine.

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What causes Spina Bifida?

No one knows for sure. Experts think that both genetics (one or more genes) and environmental factors interact to cause Spina Bifida.

What is Spina Bifida?

In the first month of pregnancy, Spina bifida typically occurs when the spine of a baby in the womb does not close.

Can Spina Bifida be prevented?

There is no way to prevent a baby from having a birth defect. It is only possible to reduce the risk. Studies show that the risk is reduced up to 70 per cent when women take folic acid at least one month before and through the first three months of pregnancy. However, it’s important to note that folic acid does not prevent all cases of Spina Bifida. There is still a chance that some babies will have it even when women take the right amount daily.

Who is at risk of having a baby with Spina Bifida?

Any woman capable of becoming pregnant can have a baby with Spina Bifida. Although people with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling) with Spina Bifida are more likely to have a child with Spina Bifida, there is no way to tell which women will have babies with an affected pregnancy.

Experts know that genes play a role and look for the same gene(s) that cause Spina Bifida. In time, research should clearly show how Spina Bifida develops so new treatments or even a cure can be created. This research may also lead to new tests that help people or couples understand their chance of having a baby with Spina Bifida.

 

NHS information on Spina Bifida – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/spina-bifida/

Support functions for Spina Bifida – https://www.shinecharity.org.uk/

 

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