Michelle Donald, PG Dip DHP. PG Dip PST.
Michelle Donald is a Psychosexual Therapist and Relationship Counsellor, specialising in the areas of sexual dysfunction related to spinal cord injury, relationship issues, and issues with daily living. Her long-term aim is focused on the development of a functional sexual rehabilitation programme within hospital spinal units nationwide.
Michelle believes it is necessary to address the issue of how important sexuality is after a spinal cord injury, believing that this aspect of the relationship shared by a couple, is often neglected, with the focus being on the physical dysfunction. She is involved in research to encourage spinal units to help incorporate ideas for change and presenting this information to all the staff to allow them to think about what is achievable within the short space of time that patients are in spinal centres and how sexual rehabilitation can be effectively integrated during that period.
Michelle has undertaken her Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and is a general member of The British Association of Sex and Relationship Therapy. She is currently looking to complete a Masters Degree on the subject of how spinal centres can incorporate sexual and relationship issues to co-exist within their existing rehabilitation services.
Michelle is a professional speaker and is often invited to speak at spinal units to nursing and care staff together with their patients and partners.
In addition to presenting and working for Relate, Michelle is a trainer and mentor for ‘The Back Up Trust’ . This is a national charity that runs a range of services for people with spinal cord injury that actively encourages personal challenge, as well as helping to build confidence, motivation, and independence.
For more information contact Michelle on: 07775 927 533
Bodycapability – Workshops by Lucy Rychwalska-Brown. We provide a number of workshops and courses based on sexuality and self-image which can be adapted to meet your needs. The core workshops are;-
- Bodycapability For Care Providers
Raising awareness and promoting an understanding of sexuality and self-image of
those with physical impairment.
- Adults Self Image, Relationships & Sexuality
Adults with physical impairment workshop.
- Youth Self Image, Relationships & Sexuality
Young people with physical impairment workshop.
- Sexuality & Self Image
A general workshop for all!
- LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender)
Sexuality, relationships and self image.
All workshops are interactive and are delivered using multimedia. Our aim is to provide awareness, empower and encourage those who live with physical impairment or long term illness to explore their sexuality and raise self esteem.
Fees- £300.00 per full day (2 workshops) £200.00 per half day (1 workshop) (excluding
Individual work £40 or £20 if a follow on from a workshop.
All fees are negotiable for those with a limited budget.
Bodycapability – Counselling
Currently based in the Nottingham area, using a Humanistic approach based on promoting clients’ self-awareness and respect for their individuality. Counselling is also offered in the comfort of your own home. Lucy’s areas of professional interest are physical impairment, long term illness, sexuality, gender, self-esteem, spirituality and relationships.
Fees are on a sliding scale £20-£35
Lucy is a member of the BACP and can provide qualifications on request.
Contact Lucy Rychwalska-Brown, to discuss what will work