Spinal Cord Injury Counselling

DisabilityPlus supports you with therapists who have a SCI; this enables full cultural support. Our Spinal Cord Injury Counselling is with therapists with the lived experience needed to understand the complexity of an SCI. Our therapy supports you with mental & emotional health issues to allow you to have a brighter future. 

Our Service supports people with mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition that stems from a spinal cord injury. Our specialist therapists understand the problems a physical injury can have on a person’s mental & emotional health.

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Mental Health

Most people with an SCI (spinal cord injury) do not have mental health problems. However, some people can realise that they are becoming depressed & anxious. Nevertheless, many people with an SCI have disturbing and distressing memories of their injury. These symptoms often pass; however, they may lead to more serious mental & emotional health conditions in the future.


Physical and mental health are closely linked; however, your mental health is more vulnerable when physical health is affected by illness or injury”

Following an SCI, you might experience changes in mobility, functionality, level of independence, employment and financial situations. The SCI 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 a new spinal cord injury can make you feel sad, frightened, confused, worried, angry, & overwhelmed. In severe cases, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Personality Disorders, Addictions  & Suicidal Thoughts can come to the surface. However, a spinal cord injury counselling service with specialist spinal cord therapists can help you through your journey based on shared first-hand experiences.


Psychological Support

We can support you with your emotional & mental health, our therapists work with people who have varying degrees of spinal cord injury. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

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

Spinal Cord Counselling

Spinal Cord Injury Counselling will help you understand why you do things in the way you do; counselling will help you uncover distorted or unhealthy thinking patterns.


Our 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

For DisabilityPlus to make an NHS application for you based on your condition, we must satisfy specific criteria before making the NHS Application. 

The application for you must include one of the below disabilities or life-changing conditions.

  • Loss of Limb or Mobility
  • Long Term Medical or Physical Condition
  • Brain Injury or Concussion
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Sight Loss
  • Sudden Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus or Vestibular 
  • Epilepsy
  • Grief 

Self-Paid Services are available if you do not qualify for an NHS application with DisabilityPlus.

Profesional Organisations

We support many organisations from solicitors, employment support all the way through to smaller organisations that need support. Contact us to find out more. 

Self-Pay Plans

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


Mixed Plans

Being a major service, we can offer a mixed plan where you start paying privately & then if funding comes in you can switch to a funded model of counselling.

Contact us to find out more

Get In Touch

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01932 881849



Office Address

DisabilityPlus House, 25 Pembroke Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 4NT


Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

Weekends: Clossed

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Interesting Information

Spinal Cord Injury Information
  • Every year, around the world, between 250 000 and 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI).
  • The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as road traffic crashes, falls or violence.
  • People with a spinal cord injury are two to five times more likely to die prematurely than people without a spinal cord injury, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Spinal cord injury is associated with lower rates of school enrolment and economic participation, and it carries substantial individual and societal costs.
The term ‘spinal cord injury refers to damage to the spinal cord resulting from trauma (e.g. a car crash) or from disease or degeneration (e.g. cancer). There is no reliable estimate of global prevalence, but the estimated annual global incidence is 40 to 80 cases per million population.


Up to 90% of these cases are due to traumatic causes, though the proportion of non-traumatic spinal cord injury appears to be growing.


Symptoms of spinal cord injury depend on the severity of the injury and its location on the spinal cord.

Symptoms may include partial or complete loss of sensory function or motor control of arms, legs and/or body.

The most severe spinal cord injury affects the systems that regulate bowel or bladder control, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

Most people with spinal cord injury experience chronic pain.


Demographic Information

Males are most at risk in young adulthood (20-29 years) and older age (70+). Females are most at risk in adolescence (15-19) and older age (60+). Studies report male-to-female ratios of at least 2:1 among adults, sometimes much higher.

Health, economic and social consequences

Spinal cord injury is associated with a risk of developing secondary conditions that can be debilitating and even life-threatening—e.g. deep vein thrombosis, urinary tract infections, muscle spasms, osteoporosis, pressure ulcers, chronic pain, and respiratory complications. Acute care, rehabilitation services and ongoing health maintenance are essential for preventing and managing these conditions.

Spinal cord injury may render a person dependent on caregivers.

Assistive technology is often required to facilitate mobility, communication, self-care or domestic activities. An estimated 20-30% of people with spinal cord injury show clinically significant signs of depression, which in turn has a negative impact on improvements in functioning and overall health. Spinal Cord Injury Counselling can help the person with their mental health.

Misconceptions, negative attitudes and physical barriers to basic mobility result in the exclusion of many people from full participation in society.


The leading causes of spinal cord injury are road traffic crashes, falls and violence (including attempted suicide). A significant proportion of traumatic spinal cord injuries is due to work or sports-related injuries. Effective interventions are available to prevent several of the main causes of spinal cord injury, including improvements in roads, vehicles and people’s behaviour on the roads to avoid road traffic crashes, window guards to prevent falls, and policies to thwart the harmful use of alcohol and access to firearms to reduce violence.