Emotional Respite

Meet The Team

Introducing our friendly counsellors who bring a wealth of personal and professional knowledge to help you with your issues. 

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MBACP Accred

Hello, I am Helen Rutherford the founder of Emotional Respite Disability Counselling Service. I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II and I'm a full-time electric wheelchair user.

I have built this safe space for people living with disabilities to access psychological support from experienced therapists who have lived experience of disability.

I am striving to create a therapy service which promotes accessible psychological services where we look at the holistic needs of individuals and what impacts them.

I also offer clinical supervision to therapists supporting them in their development.

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Hello, I’m Louise.

I understand (particularly as a woman with a disability) that talking about your difficulties may feel overwhelming but by providing a safe space and a caring relationship, I offer you a place to be listened to and to see things differently.

You may be struggling with anxious thoughts or low mood, or perhaps family relationships are strained? I use an integrative approach to work with a variety of aspects, utilising techniques to best suit the individual.

I can support you by discussing a range of issues at your own pace. There is never any pressure to talk. Sometimes you might want to write or draw instead and this is often the gateway to helping you share and work on your difficulties.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book an initial session.

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MNCS Accred

I became disabled over 30 years ago when I was badly injured in a road accident which stopped me in my tracks for a while, but which also led – in part – to me becoming a counsellor. I trained as a counsellor at Southampton University, qualifying in 2008. I have a desire to help people make constructive and positive changes in their lives through change-focused counselling.

I also offer training to other therapists to widen their skills and knowledge around what it can be like living with a disability. My training draws on a wide range of sources - contemporary, historical and theoretical - to give an unparalleled insight into the personal and social experience of living with a physical disability, and an understanding of where some of these experiences are rooted in our culture.

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Hi, I’m Frances, an Integrative Therapist working with clients of all ages.

I have lived experience of invisible disability. I had a fall as a child resulting in a neurological condition and also specialise in women’s gynaecology issues, such as endometriosis. I provide an empathic journey alongside you when you need support, or just need to be heard. I understand how draining it can be getting lost in the system and can help you find a clearer path to continue your journey on.

I’m passionate about diversity and accessible therapy to every client. I believe in a holistic approach to support you, and firmly support emotional rehabilitation. One of the main reasons I pursued my dream to be a counsellor was my own disabilities, and my wish to help others through my experiences. I want to help clients feel empowered.

I believe our unique diversity is a gift, and my aim is to support you to be your best self.



I am a Trauma-Informed Psychotherapist and a Registered Member of BACP. I originate from Manchester but now live and work in Sheffield. I have Cerebral Palsy, and I am a wheelchair user. I have always wanted to work in this field, and I believe it is important to be able to walk with people on their unique journey. After all, you are the only expert when it comes to your life, and I am merely here to give you a safe space in which to work through whatever you bring.