Sue Dives MA, Adv Dip, Dip SpLD, Cert Coach(AD/HD), UKCP Reg, MBACP

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Neurological Diversity
(ADD, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexia and similar syndromes)

ADD / ADHD, bipolar, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Tourette’s and autism, including Asperger’s, are just a few of the neuro-diverse syndrome names that help to describe specific sets of characteristics. We all find certain aspects of life harder to cope with than others. However, living with neurological difficulties in a complex and demanding society can impact significantly on quality of life.  

Across the neuro-diverse spectrum profiles there can be some similar traits. Typically people may be impulsive and easily distracted and have difficulties with organisation and memory.

Living with these difficulties in an often unsympathetic society can cause low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, feelings of frustration and anger. Relationships can suffer, and there can be problems in employment and in managing a home. 

However, there may be significant strengths with abilities that can be drawn on. For example there may be creativity, fast reactions and imaginative, unconventional approaches to problems and life.

I work with men, women and young people usually above the age of 16. I offer long and short term therapy, giving the opportunity either to look at life generally or to focus on a specific issue. 
 
My approach is to work integratively with the whole person as an individual. This can be a very creative process.
The initial aim is to help people identify what they want from therapy. This may be to understand and accept what is going on and how to accommodate and manage more effectively to find new ways of living. It may also be to facilitate the optimising of personal strengths, releasing of positive creativity and realising of potential.
There may be a wish to look at life issues of the past, as well as present day problems and future hopes and fears. A neurological difficulty may have little or nothing to do with the actual issue to be looked at but may need consideration.

By accessing the Frequently Asked Questions page and other pages here you can find more information that I hope will be helpful.
 
For information on Sue’s general counselling and psychotherapy practice, click here.

If you have other questions please contact Sue by telephone or email as below.





In Essex near Brentwood, Ongar and Chelmsford
Telephone: 07513 501664                                email:susan@dives.org