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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Concerning Therapy and Neurologically Diverse Syndromes

“What will a session be like, what will happen?”

Early sessions will involve looking at what you are hoping for and planning the way forward. It is difficult to generalise after that but when required there can be help with staying on track during the session and personal note taking for between session reminders. Throughout, the interplay between practical and psychological aspects will be allowed and encouraged. T
his will be a pragmatic collaboration and so focus may fall on a particular area according to current need or to longer-term aims. 
 
 
“Where do you stand regarding prescribed medication?”
I have an open view of medication for all conditions and work with people who take prescribed medication as well as those who do not. For some it is consistently reported to work well and provide opportunity. For others it is not the route for reasons of choice or suitability.
 

“What do you think of self-medication?”
Many, perhaps most people self-medicate with such things as coffee. With everything, it all depends on the degree of use. If any form of medication interferes negatively with the process of therapy then we would need to assess what was happening. As a guideline, the extensive use of alcohol or non-prescribed mood altering substances during the 24 hour period before the therapy session could create difficulties that may hinder the therapy. I reserve the right to not proceed with a session if I believe that a client is under the influence of any such substance at the time. 
 

“Do you think I was born with these problems or do you think something happened when I was growing up?”

The answer to that is complex and I am not able to generalise but I will try to answer. Neuroscience has shown that our genes and our environment work in combination. Our genes may determine that some things will be difficult for us to do or may give us a predisposition to having some problems but then expectations placed on us by society in the form of family, school, work, friends and our community, together with our experiences, also have an affect, both positive and negative. So, complex with no clear answer. However, neuroscience also carries hope that pathways in the brain can be formed, strengthened and changes made. 

“I don’t like labels, why do you use them?”
I don’t like labels either; I think they can be very damaging. In working with me I will always consider that a label does not define a person, it is just one aspect. However, I try to think of labels as having potential to help. We are all individuals and labels defining specific syndromes are just aspects of who we are. For some these are important aspects that stand in the way of living a life of fulfilment, connection and harmony.

Being able to define difficulties under an umbrella label may bring many different responses.

It can be seen as useful to gain help and understanding. It can bring relief after a long search. Sometimes there are less comfortable feelings. It can be confusing as there is a lot of information out there, some of which is conflicting. Professionals, society, media, family and friends may all have their view: whether medication is advisable; how to change the environment for support; how to change unhelpful behaviour; the reasons behind the problems; and more.

“Diversity is a frequently used word of our time and is potentially enriching.
However, I believe it can be seen that to treat all people the same would favour some while penalising others.
We are individuals.”

Contact details for Sue
Telephone: 07513 501664