We set up Spokz People in 2009, after we discovered that many people with disabilities would prefer to speak to a therapist with disability knowledge and experience.
All our therapists have personal experience with disability in some way. They are all qualified to HE level 5 and are members member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), meaning we all follow their ethical framework. Our therapists are also fully insured and supervised and have all undergone full DBS checks.
We are also a Social Enterprise, a Community Interest Company, and a founding member of Kandu, a network of ethical disability organisations as well as the non-profit arm of Spokz, a provider of sports accessories, lifestyle equipment and well being services for people with disabilities.
Meet The Team
We thought it’d be helpful to include a few pictures and short bios so you can see what a friendly bunch we are.
Founder, Clinical director and Therapist
“My partner, Steve D, has a physical impairment (spinal injury) which affects us all as a family, myself included. Impairment and disability are complex things. It’s as much about relationships and identity as it is dealing with healthcare professionals, members of the public, and so much more. Talking is one of the best cures for stress, isolation, fatigue, even for pain and trauma. If you can find a way to use the support you already have around you, it can really help your wellbeing and change your life.”
New referrals and staff manager
“I'm usually the first person you'll speak to when you contact us. I’ve had MS for years use a wheelchair when my legs go on strike. Like most people, I have good and bad days. I understand the mountain disabled people have to climb on a daily basis. From the fear of dependency to the loss of autonomy and health and all the other things that come with living with an impairment, I’m passionate about helping people find their own way and helping them along that path.”
“I was an unpaid carer for many years for 2 of my children with disabilities and I also worked with people with impairments in other therapy settings. I retrained as a counsellor 6 years ago and have been privileged to experience and witness the changes clients have been able to make for themselves. I believe therapy is a process that works and my work with Spokz People has only reinforced this belief”.