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.
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.
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.