(ADD, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexia and similar syndromes)
/ 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.
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.