View Full Version : Specialist disability counselling a support service. Who would use this?

11-08-14, 13:25
My name is Helen Rutherford and I am a counsellor based in North East England. I have a physical disability (SMA) and am an electric wheelchair user. I am currently doing some market research into setting up a unique counselling service as I have over 6 years professional experience and a lifetime of personal experience of living with a physical disability. I believe this gives me insight into everyday issues, emotional difficulties, relationship dynamics and I can use this understanding to support others. I want to set up a counselling and support service to those affected by physical disabilities, their families, partners, and carers.
I would really appreciate it if you could pass on my survey to anyone who may access a service like this as any feedback would be gratefully received. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S52HRV8
I would also appreciate it if you could like and share my page on Facebook.
Kind Regards,

Helen Rutherford MBACP register (No.065042)
Emotional Respite

Twitter @emotionalresp

Tel: 07809877360

11-08-14, 22:58
I wish you well with your proposal and hope you can find a way to make this work.

I'm sure a need exists for the service - the question will be people's ability to pay reasonable private rates. As you are undoubtedly aware from personal experience, disabled people often live on limited incomes and many are unable to work. My background is legal - I'm almost two thirds of the way through a law degree now. As I'm aware from some posts in this forum, there can be situations where a disabled person is in desperate need of professional legal help but cannot scrape together the costs of a fixed fee interview with a solicitor.

It is difficult to know there is so much need, and yet need to be able to earn a living at the same time if you are to provide the service.

One thought that comes to mind is whether you could work for some of the time for one or more charities serving people with disabilities. Funding is tight in the third sector, but such an arrangement could be of mutual benefit - you'd have a guaranteed level of income for the hours you are contracted to the charity, they'd have professional counselling available part time and you'd have the opportunity to reach the client group you long to serve.