Dyslexia Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage your dyslexia through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage your dyslexia through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

Learn about dyslexia

Dyslexia is a very broad term defining learning difficulties, and there are different types of dyslexia related to sensory difficulties with the eyes, ears or both. These learning difficulties result in impairment in a person’s fluency of reading and writing – the individual may be slower, less accurate, and having to use more effort in order to complete reading, spelling and writing tasks. However Dyslexia looks different for each individual, and can range from very mild to severe impairment in ability. Dyslexia does not reflect low intelligence, and individuals with dyslexia are often described as being creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.

 

If you have dyslexia, problems in your ability to understand whilst reading, likely led to avoidance of reading and consequently prevented the growth of your vocabulary and spelling knowledge, thereby making your difficulties even more pronounced. If you have dyslexia, and it has remained undiagnosed, you may have performed poorly in school, which may in turn have impacted your self-confidence. Because of this, you may now struggle to find employment or feel you do not perform as well at work as you should.

 

Dyslexia is a diagnosable medical condition according to the DSM-5. It is identified by reading and writing that is abnormal given the person’s level of intelligence and other skills. For example, if you have dyslexia, it is likely you have strengths in other areas, such as maths or science, sport, or art.

 

Early identification and intervention are regarded as important, but intervention at any age is effective. Therefore, if you are experiencing symptoms of dyslexia, but have not yet sought help – it is important to do so. You may have started to notice your difficulties with reading and writing at work or in social situations and you may think about it constantly and feel down or stressed about it, or the concern may have begun to affect other areas of your life such as your relationships.

 

Many of our psychologists are specialised in assisting in this area in a number of ways, including:

Helping you come to terms with the disorder

Providing emotional support for you to release any concerns or negative thoughts

Educating you on the dyslexia and the experiences of those with dyslexia

Helping you to formulate a plan to improve in areas of weakness (e.g. word pronunciation) and equip you with specific strategies to face difficulties related to dyslexia (e.g. wanting to avoid reading)

Identifying the underlying concerns that are affecting your own functioning, and address these by altering any unsubstantiated negative thoughts

Helping to build up your own support system and self-care plan to reduce any stress over the concern and maintain a positive daily life

Dyslexia Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling on dyslexia. 

Jeanette McLean

Jeanette has 27 years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice, as an Employee Assistance Provider (both internal and external) and as a teacher of counselling in a private counselling college.

Jeanette has gained a lot of expertise working in many areas of psychopathology over the years and continues to enjoy ongoing professional development, offering a service of value.

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Sarah Lodge

Sarah has worked for over 25 years as a Psychologist. She has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, low-mood, stress, relationship issues, communication issues, conflict management, grief and loss, as well as self-esteem issues. Sarah uses evidence-based approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused therapy, CBT, ACT and Mindfulness.

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Sharilee Williams

She has experience working with children, adolescents, older adults and CALD communities. Sharilee has worked extensively with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and with other developmental disorders. She has experience with Attentional difficulties in both neurological/biofeedback and behavioural approaches. She has also worked extensively with Anxiety and Mood disorders.

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Nick Rayner

Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Louise Stanley

Louise has extensive experience with children and adolescents but is very comfortable working with all age groups. Clients with issues in the areas of self esteem, stress, anxiety and depression, substance use issues and body/weight related issues would be assisted by Louise’s experience in these fields.

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Ross Leembruggen

With over 22 years experience as a psychologist and executive leader, Ross has developed a highly professional suite of organisational and clinical skills to provide compassionate, caring and committed evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples that makes a real difference.

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Claire Wood

Claire works with a range of clients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Claire has a keen interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is listed as an ACT therapist. She is also interested in Neurodliversity with an emphasis on autism and ADHD. Claire uses a trauma informed approach and uses schema and narrative therapy.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Chiara Paganini

Chiara is an experienced clinical psychologist wiith experience working with a diverse range of patients, including adults, migrants, Indigenous population and CALD people. Chiara will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. Chiara works with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.

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Kate Row

Kate enjoys working with clients on skill-building across all areas of life including social skills, communication skills and assertiveness. This may include values clarification, behavioural activation, working towards improving mood and implementing healthier coping strategies. Kate works with people from diverse walks of life, from children through to senior adults.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to support you with with relationship issues, family issues, depression and anxiety, faulty thinking, self esteem, learning difficulties, stress, performance management and parenting.

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Kate Laughton

Kate has over 15 years experience working primarily with children, adolescence, adults and families and has experience working with complex presentations and behavioural issues. Kate’s area of expertise includes working with a range of mental health issues such as anxiety, panic disorders, depression, trauma, school refusal, substance abuse, self-harm, bipolar disorder, OCD, selective mutism, transgender issues, ADD and Autism.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Eyleia Saleeb

Eyleia has worked with a broad range of people presenting with different life experiences and problems. Eyleia has worked with children who suffer from internal problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as external issues such as ADHD and ODD.

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