At Spokz People we improve wellbeing for disabled people and their families through therapy, coaching and support on everything from relationships (and sex!) to confidence and resilience. We also offer:
Since all our therapists have personal experience of disability, they understand what it is like to live with a disability day-to-day. We work in all kinds of ways to best suit you: in person, by phone, email or Skype. Depending on your needs and what's available in your area, we are here to lend a hand and an ear and help you get more out of life.
An example of issues we can support you with: identity and body image; relationships and isolation; carers and dependency; self esteem, motivation, confidence and assertiveness; resilience, de-stressing, mindfulness and relaxation; coping with being disabled by society; loss, trauma, death and support with things like pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression...
We work with people with conditions such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, brain injury as well as conditions like EDS, MS, FM, ME, chronic pain and more.
How we help
We work 1:1 in person, online and on the telephone and also work with groups. We offer advice, information and education, and support and help through our network with other support groups and organisations across the country. Watch our videos below to find out more about the type of services we offer:
Where we are
Our 1:1 telephone and online support is available across the UK. Our in-person 1:1 and group support sessions are currently available in Lichfield in Staffordshire, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Erdington and Selly Oak in the West Midlands. We are looking to expand our in-person services throughout the country, so please contact us to join our team.
We have developed a different type of therapy to what is generally available on the NHS (usually an IAPT service through a GP referral) or from general private counsellors. We call it 'Purple Therapy' and our clients tell us that it is more effective and empowering than any previous therapy or support they have received. We know that many problems people with disabilities face are not just as a result of their impairments, but more to do with the fact that society is predominantly set up for non-disabled people.
Using a post-modern take on the social model of disability, we look at both a person's impairment and all the factors that affect their ability to be a full and equal participant in society.
72%* of clients tell us they feel better about themselves after using our services:
“In 15 sessions I learned how to cope better with past violence I experienced from a family member and found better ways to express and cope with my anger, as well as hearing that my anger was OK and normal in these circumstances.” - Chris, 31, October 2018 - Click below to read more testimonials.
All of our therapists have personal experience with disability and we and our clients believe this really helps improve the therapy we offer. Everybody's impairment is different, but we understand the common themes of isolation, proving yourself, rejection, exclusion and difficulty getting and maintaining relationships that if often part and parcel of being disabled. As well as finding the energy to manage all these things and build the life that you want.
Whether you want to have 1:1 support, work within a group or just access our information, advice and online support services, we are here to help in whatever way works for you.
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*2011-2015 data, using 2 methods of measurement
What it costs
Sessions cost from a donation amount you specify to £100 per session, depending on the service and funding. Please click below to find out more.
'You might be thinking “Hang on, why isn’t it free? Can I afford it? Can I get any help with the costs?”
Spokz People is a non-profit social enterprise. We do not aim to make a profit from our services, the fees we charge covers the cost of sessions. Session costs include the therapist's time (including, preparation, notes, research), travel, room hire, insurance, supervision, admin etc. Whilst NHS services are free, when it comes to psychological support, the expense of this type of support often means long waiting lists and a limited number of sessions (often 6-8 sessions). NHS therapists rarely have disability knowledge or personal experience of disability.
Most of us are paid a much lower rate than elsewhere and agree to work for this fee, because we are passionate about our work at Spokz People. Many of our clients have told us they think of it as investing in themselves and our therapists will often go out of their way and work extra hours outside your sessions - just to research what is relevant to you.
Perhaps the easiest way to think of this is as an investment in yourself and what is more important than you?
If you would like to get in touch or just want some more information on Spokz People, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.