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“Using the Emotional Respite Counselling Service has had a transformational effect on my life. Having cerebral palsy means that I find it difficult to attend counselling in a traditional setting. Previous forms of therapy meant travelling to places at times that's were not convenient for me or inaccessible due to steps and rooms being on different floors. Typically the sessions would last for blocks of 10. The Emotional Respite service offers me on-going support and the opportunity to talk to somebody who is living with a disability herself so empathises with the situations I discuss. As a result of using the service I have gained increased confidence and have been able to grow as a person with the support offered. I would strongly recommend that other people try out the service. “
"I first contacted Helen of Emotional Respite when I noticed I was struggling to cope with everything that was going on in my life. I had lost my father very suddenly 2 years earlier in very difficult circumstances and I was also beginning to have problems with my health. I was diagnosed with a chronic health condition when I was young although I had lived a relatively normal life throughout my teens and early 20s, unfortunately my condition was starting to worsen. These combined issues really effected my confidence and self-esteem in all aspects of my life and I reached a point where I needed to talk.
"I found the sessions really beneficial & you gave me lots of useful things to think about. Your service is wonderful for people with chronic illness/disability & I will certainly recommend you."