What we offer – We are a deaf-owned, operated counselling and psychotherapy practice. We are staffed by deaf-focused licensed professional therapists. We specialise in working with deaf people and their families. We are committed to enhancing lives through empowerment and positive change. Our core operation revolves around individual long and short term counselling and psychotherapy.
Working with you – We deliver counselling to deaf and hard of hearing communities. Our deaf-led team can communicate in BSL (British sign language), ISL (Irish sign language), SSE (signed spoken English) or by lip-reading (orally) using visual expressions. You choose who you work with. We do not choose for you.
All our counsellors and psychotherapists are mindful of the core elements that make our deaf group a unique linguistic and cultural group,
- Communicating to one’s desired style
- Adhering to one’s visual expression
- By respecting our deaf community
- Understating one’s deaf identity
- Sense of strong belonging of our group
Visual language – Sign language is a visual spatial language which has its own vocabulary and distinctive grammar and structure as it bears no relation to spoken English. Much of the information we use to communicate comes from facial expressions and body language. There is no written version which could be why many deaf people find reading and writing difficult. Visual expression and sign language is what the deaf culture is based on.
Confidentiality – We have many different drivers that makes us unique. Our values and principles are driven by open and direct communication within deaf group situations. A key driver when entering counselling is possibly making sure your counsellor is not known to your friends and family. This is the reason we allow you the option of choosing who you want to work with from our team pages which could be based on for example, your communication style.
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