Who are Respect For All Counselling?

We offer a specialist counselling service for people with autism. This includes people with aspergers, or autism spectrum conditions. Respect for All provide counselling services to autistic adults, and to autistic children, and to their families and carers. We also offer counselling for people with learning disabilities, and we have specialist counsellors with expertise in play therapy, for example.

The service is for children, young people, and adults in all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Those being Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside (Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Stalybridge), Trafford and Wigan. All our counsellors have either personal or professional experience of being with our client group. We offer counselling in English and British Sign Language.

We believe that each person is unique and has potential. We show our respect through taking the time and effort to communicate with clients at a pace and in a way that is both helpful and empowering.

Phone or text us on 0790 222 37 43 or Contact Us using the contact form.

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There currently are no support groups sessions scheduled.

Annual report 2015-2016

Over the last year Respect for All has provided specialist counselling to 204 adults and children who have (or care for someone who has) learning disabilities or autism.
Download the annual report (June 2015 – May 2016) by selecting this link.

Annual report 2016-2017

Download the annual report for 2016-2017 by selecting this link.

Annual report 2018-2019

Download the annual report for 2018-2019 by selecting this link.

What we offer to our clients

All our counsellors have experience of learning disability, autism, or being a carer. This might be from their personal life or from the work they have done.

We will travel to a place that suits the client. This may be someone’s home or a place like a day service, school, or community centre. We also have counselling rooms in some boroughs.

There are many different kinds of counselling. We can offer person-centred, integrative, hypnotherapy/relaxation therapy and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).

To learn more about different approaches click here,
To learn more about the skills and approaches of our counsellors click here,

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We can offer a male or female counsellor and we do our best to match the client with the counsellor who has the best skills for that individual’s needs.

Most of our counselling work happens during the day-time however some counsellors can work evenings and weekends.

Accessing Services

We have a mix of funding – grants, contracts with the NHS and other organisations, and Self-funding. We welcome one-off contracts from GP’s, social care services, mental health teams, and other agencies.

Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton - Currently we can offer fully funded counselling to all our clients including their carers within this specific Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) boundary.

Stockport - The NHS will fund counselling for people on the autism spectrum and people with learning difficulties, but not carers. You need your GP or another health professional to apply to Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group.

These details are liable to change – Please Contact us for current details. You can also Self refer, please state which borough you live in.

A brief history

Respect for All [RFA] was created in 2002 when a core group of four counsellors came together and advertised a counselling service for people with a learning disability, autism including Aspergers, and their parents/carers.

RFA recognised not only was there a “gap” in counselling services for this client group but also that despite an interest in the service the cost was an issue for many clients.

By 2003 RFA had become a voluntary body and so able to apply for funding from local authorities and charitable organizations. RFA have been successful in much of our bid writing and have secured funding over the years from such places as LloydsTSB, The Trusthouse Forte Foundation and notably The Big Lottery. Those funds allowed RfA to offer fully funded services to people living within the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. (See above for current details.)

In 2009 RFA achieved charitable status and in that same year were chosen by a branch of the CIS to be their Charity of the Year. £3,050 was raised alongside in-valuable advice and support.

Along-side the counsellors is a Board of Trustees who work hard to support the charity and bring many various and useful skills.

Today we are a group of counsellors including students, all of whom bring with them a wealth experience and skills.

Call or text us on 0790 222 3743