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At Spokz People we improve wellbeing for disabled people and their families through our wellbeing community & programme. We support on everything from relationships and sex to confidence and resilience.

Our Services

How we work

We all have direct or indirect personal experience of disability. We understand what it is like to live with disability day-to-day. We work in all kinds of ways to best suit you. We support people with issues like identity and body image; relationships and isolation; PAs, 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 offer holisitic therapy which includes coaching, information, psychoeducation and sometimes advocacy when necessary as well as trauma work by using EMDR, Rewind and other trauma techniques.

We work with disabled people with a variety of conditions as things like isolation, lack of control and choice are there for most disabled people and their families.

Spokz People CIC are the sister company of Spokz Ltd, run by Steve Dent, which is an online retail shop selling wheelchair & sports accessories, lifestyle equipment and sex aids.

We are part of the Kandu Group, a group of ethical, reputable businesses, charities and services working together.

What clients say

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 disabled people are not just as a result of their impairment, but more to do with the fact that society is predominantly set up for non-disabled people. 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 (this is called a ‘post-modern Social Model approach to disability’.

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

Read more member testimonials on our registration page here.

Read Feedback from our clients

Sita’s* Story

Sita developed a chronic pain condition and kindly let us interview her about her experiences. All her videos are in the blog link here (*name changed to protect identity). You can also click on the speech bubble above for more testimonials.

Costs

  • Our NEW wellbeing community & programme is on offer at £50 a year or £5 a month until our lottery funding runs out.
  • 1-2-1 sessions (CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE) are £55 per 50 minutes (£50 online) if you are paying with your own money. Insurance or 3rd party work is more, please ask for more details if you are paying through other funds

‘You might be thinking “Hang on, why isn’t it free if 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 support. If you have 1-2-1 support, session costs include the therapist’s time (including, preparation, notes, research), travel, room hire, insurance, supervision, admin and any information or resources you are sent after a session (unusual in generic therapy). Many clients have told us they think of it as investing in themselves and once they have had several sessions they can see the benefit of longer term support. We often work with those on benefits or low incomes and are happy to discuss with you and work out a way to support you that fits with your finances. Sometimes there are also areas of your life that you can reduce spending whilst you have therapy. NHS services are a free option to us all. Sadly, when it comes to psychological support, the reality is that the large expense of this type of support means long waiting lists and a limited number of sessions (often 6-8 sessions) when you get there. NHS therapists rarely have disability knowledge or personal experience of disability.

Blog

A Close Shave With Persona

In this blog Mel, supported by Kim discuss how drastic changes in one’s appearance impact wellbeing and personal growth. I (Mel) have always had long curly hair and recently shaved my head for the second time, aged 44. The first time was my 40th, I thought then: “I have never had short hair, now’s the […]

The issue with stock photos of disabled people

We love this picture of Aaron Fotheringham, a WCMX athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. But unless you get permission to use such photographs (we did), most of the stock images of disabled people aren’t great. It’s impossible to find authentic stock photos of diverse disabled people with friends and family doing normal everyday living: eating, […]

Isolation and Loneliness

This blog was written by us for Enhance the UK, a user-led organisation charity specialising in sex and relationship support for disabled people and families. Isolation is something that can affect anyone at anytime. As part of Enhance the UK’s Loneliness campaign Mel and Steve from Spokz People share how Isolation during the pandemic affected […]

“I was never taught to say no…”

Post contributed by Katy Evans I was never taught to say, “no” to touch because saying no was never an option in the first place. I was born with cerebral palsy and grew up surrounded by professionals who came from a medical model viewpoint. I’m also an abuse survivor. I believe my identities of disabled […]

When Getting into the Room is the First Hurdle – Lack of wheelchair access in therapy services

Blog contribution by Katy Evans I’ve been turned down by over 100 therapists. Although some turned me down due to lack of availability, a significant number said their venue wasn’t accessible to me as a wheelchair user. Almost 1 in 5 people in the UK are disabled (ONS, 2015).  Disabled people are more likely to […]

Directory Therapists UK-wide

Disclaimer: we have not been a client with any of the below therapists, so cannot comment on how disability affirming these therapists are. Do let us know if you don’t have a good experience. Check Credentials: Be aware that anyone in the UK can call themselves a ‘therapist’ or ‘counsellor’ because it is not a […]