Welcome to ‘Breaking Through’
A counselling service for people with speech and communication difficulties
A safe and supportive space to:
- Feel heard and understood
- Be yourself , without judgment or criticism
- Share your worries and concerns
- Make sense of loss and disability
- Gain confidence and independence
- Find ways of resolving difficulties
- Improve relationships
- Explore options for the future
Insights gained from working in speech and language therapy and counselling provide the therapeutic ideas, creativity and innovation behind this specialist counselling service.
Living with speech and/or communication difficulties brings a whole range of emotional challenges, such as experiences of loss and grief, social exclusion and stigma, which are often unheard or overlooked within traditional services. ‘Breaking Through’ is a counselling service open to people with a range of conditions such as aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphonia, stammering and difficulties with communication, social interaction and imagination (as in autism spectrum). All too often people with these conditions are excluded and unable to access a professional resource to help with their emotional needs. ‘Breaking Through’ fills that gap of unmet need.
A range of counselling approaches are available: person-centred approach, cognitive behavioural therapy, neuro-linguistic programming and creative and expressive therapies. Your preferred way of working and communication needs will influence the approach and adaptations used.
I speak from many years of experience of delivering counselling to people with acquired neurological communication disability following stroke, that the benefits of counselling to an individual can be both precious and life-enhancing.
February 5, 2016
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