Tailored counselling is vital for the blind, says therapist
People who have lost their sight require a distinct form of counselling, according to a therapy professional from Action for Blind People.
Carol Young, a senior counsellor from the charity, told ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk that "unfortunately" general therapy sessions do not tend to be as effective for blind individuals; patients benefit much more from speaking to professionals who have taken specific accredited counselling courses.
She explained that they need a more person-centric approach, using a "safe and confidential space" to help people open up about their problems.
"Sight loss can destroy confidence and it's important that timely intervention is available to help people rebuild their self-belief and adapt to their visual impairment. This counselling service will help people at the most vulnerable time in their lives," Ms Young remarked.
According to milngavieherald.co.uk, the charity also runs a mobile Sight Loss Information Service offering advice and equipment for people who are affected by visual impairment. The facility will spend Tuesday (April 17th) in Milngavie and Bearsden.
Jean Slater, a representative from the service, explained that the mobile centre is not only designed for blind people; it can also be used by those who know someone who has lost their sight.