Emotional Respite

Emotional Respite was founded by Helen Rutherford in 2014 to provide specialist support to individuals affected by disabilities. Support through diagnosis, illness, accidents resulting in injury and everyday living - not only the individual but also their family, partners and carers. Helen has built up a team to offer this specialist service who have advanced empathetic understanding of disability and illness-related issues.

As a counsellor with a progressive disability I am able to understand that you have to constantly readjust to do what you can to be independent as possible. Physical health and mental health are fundamentally linked as one affects the other. I personally believe that managing your mental health is the key to staying as healthy as possible. I think it is important for individuals to focus on what they can do, make goals, have a focus, to challenge themselves, to keep moving forward and to grow.

This service will tackle issues such as loss, anxiety, low self-esteem, assertiveness, empowerment, coping strategies, depression, isolation, diagnosis, negative thoughts, anger, worry, hopelessness, oppression, progressive illness, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, guilt, independence, transition, and stress. It will also offer support to find practical solutions to everyday problems.

Helen Rutherford

Counsellor &


BA Hons Counselling

MBACP Accredited

(No. 065042).

My name is Helen Rutherford and I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II and scoliosis. I am a BACP accredited therapist.

I am also a level 6 qualified CPCAB

Counselling Supervisor.

 In addition to counselling I offer support to other professionals working with people with disabilities.