For many, the term ‘disability’ brings to mind people in wheelchairs who have mobility issues, and this is understandable considering the wheelchair is the global symbol for disability. However, the reality is that disabilities are wide ranging.
- Spinal cord –These include Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Spinal Bifida, and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) which commonly occurs after a severe road traffic accident and can cause long-term disabilities.
- Psychological – Mental health problems, such as personality disorders and disorders of mood can be short or long-term. Anger issues can occur
- Chronic pain – An incapacitating pain that lasts longer than six months and you feel you cant tell people this like route pain.
Informal Counselling for disabilities
Living with a disability for many is a constant struggle, both mentally and physically. This can be the same for those who live with a disabled person, as they too may be finding it difficult to not only come to terms with the condition, but adapting to a lifestyle that involves a number of challenges.
People who suddenly find themselves disabled as a result of an accident or a serious health condition may find informal counselling particularly beneficial. Furthermore, people with disabilities tend to experience low social support just like I did and financial hardship, which can be linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Informal Counselling is useful for helping to address these issues in addition to helping people cope better with their disability.
The aim of my informal counselling is ultimately to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to discuss their concerns and fears with me someone who can sit there with them and they know has been through the same as them. You cant put a price on this and I will help them to explore ways of making these issues more manageable. If you have both depression and anxiety after the RTA you will be treated first for the one that causes you the most problems. Because treatments for anxiety and depression are similar, treatment for one condition can often help the other and we will make steps to build your confidence with me along side you to help you return or start up in sports using contacts we have around the country. We can get your creative ideas going using Bespoke boutiques who specializes in music, art, fashion, design.
The aim of the method of counsellig is for you to get back into society and belong there and not let your disability hold you back. My promise to you as a person is I’ll be there step by step and by your side and available 24/7.
My informal counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment which suits them.. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth especially after a road traffic accident.
I am not there to sit you down and tell you what to do – instead I will encourage you to talk about what’s bothering you and let you know I’ve been in the same situation in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. i will create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping and moving forward.
This does not come in a cookie-cutter format and each session is generally tailored to the individual. There is flexibility within this type of therapy that allows for a variety of counselling formats, including:
- Face-to-face– This is when you make an appointment with me to see them in person, usually in a friendly environment. Face-to-face sessions are one of the more popular therapy formats because they provide an opportunity for you to react to any emotions that arise there and then.
- Individual or group– You may choose to see me by yourself, or if you prefer you could join a group with people experiencing similar issues. Going to a group session can be helpful if you want to discuss your issues with people who are going through similar problems and you will even gain our support network. Alternatively, you may wish to see me alone to preserve your privacy and concentrate on your own feelings.
- Telephone counselling– For some, telephone counselling offers a helpful alternative to face-to-face counselling. This involves talking to me over the phone instead of in person. This form of counselling can be particularly useful for those too busy to attend face-to-face sessions, and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. This format also tends to be more flexible and can potentially reduce waiting list times. But I feel that face to face is the best way to enable you to get back to a quality standard of living.
- Online counselling– Some people prefer not to physically speak to a counsellor at all, utilizing technology and emailing their counsellor instead. This form of counselling allows you to take the time to think through what you wish to discuss, and many find the act of physically writing their issues down cathartic. I always find this is more useful later on in the rehabilitation scheme after face to face consultation and trust created between both parties.