People with disabilities are under represented in counselling. But anyone who has feelings can benefit from counselling and psychotherapy. Clients (all clients) need a counsellor who can attune to their needs and work with them to find ways of expressing/exploring them.
There may be physical, cultural and/or financial barriers. So I am offering a discount for people in receipt of disability benefits*; for people who experience physical barriers/limitations, people with learning disabilities/difficulties or people who experience difficulties due to their the autistic spectrum conditions.
Whilst I do not put myself on this list, and I recognise that there may be concerns that are specific to a person’s condition or identity, that a client might want to find a person with appropriate experience of to talk to… I believe I am able to offer a creative and empathic approach that will strive to find appropriate solutions. I do this in collaboration with each client, and this is something I learned initially from making dance/movement with people with physical disabilities. While the range of available movements may differ from person to person, the benefits they may get from moving, exercising, expression, creation, play or reflection… is no less significant. When making performances with people with learning disabilities I realised that it doesn’t matter how good my ideas are or how inspiring I think they are… if we can’t share them. So to begin with each person’s current ability and strive to utilise and develop it, allows us both to communicate on a practical, appropriate and creative level.
In my life and various roles I have worked with many people with disabilities, impairments, injuries and difficulties. Now, as a counsellor I work for a charity that provides free counselling for people in the Greater Manchester area who are on the autistic spectrum or have learning disabilities. However, in my private practise, here in Todmorden, I have very few clients who would describe themselves as disabled. There may be several reasons for this, but I am proposing to reduce the financial barrier to therapy by offering 2 more reduced price slots (starting at £25).
*I offer several discounted slots so if you are not in receipt of benefits, but feel that cost is a barrier to seeking therapy, please feel free to enquire.