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
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling on dyslexia.
Sue has experience working with many people of different ages across the lifespan, children, adolescents, and adults - including ‘seniors’. The diverse range of challenges she has provided support and counselling for include people with work and relationship issues; helping parents find joy in their relationship with their children, including those with behavioural difficulties or medical and disability concerns.View Profile
Davin is a compassionate, warm, flexible, and approachable psychologist who understands the need for a safe and non-judgemental environment to support individuals in attaining better mental health and well-being. Davin has experience working with a wide range of age groups who are dealing with a wide variety of challenges. Davin is passionate about supporting individuals and providing a therapeutic, holistic,...View Profile
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I am committed to helping my clients discover their unique strengths to overcome the challenges they may face in their life journey. I value everyone of my clients as a special person, working with them to achieve the personal goals they want to develop through counselling.View Profile
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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...View Profile
Matthew is trained in several evidence-based therapies, including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing. Matthew has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related concerns, drug and alcohol misuse, and OCD.View Profile
Linda provides psychological support to adults and young people (16+) presenting with complex issues including anxiety, depression, gender/sexual identity, and general stresses of school and relationships. She is also very experienced in working with parents to facilitate positive relationships with their children in difficult times.View Profile
Hi there. My name is Karen and I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you. It can be a bit scary to reach out and ask for help so I already know you have the capacity to be brave. I know it may not feel like it right now though. I really want you to feel that...View Profile
I am a fully qualified hypnotherapist, treating all types of anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances, drug addictions, self-esteem issues, chronic pain, and IBS. I have 20 years of experience as a music teacher and taught children from age four to adults, aged 64 years. I also treat children and adolescents for peer relationship issues, school refusal, bullying, and poor school performance.View Profile
Michelle has extensive experience working with people with mental health difficulties with co-morbid sleep, diet, and activity problems. Michelle has a keen interest to work with people with low mood, self-esteem, anxiety, adult attention-deficit disorder, and interpersonal difficulties. She retains an active research profile into sleep disorders, mood problems, and brain dysfunction, across the lifespan.View Profile
Julian's professional style is a person-to-person clinical practice focusing on individual needs. He works in a natural and holistic style. Your personal preferences are key to the therapy that you receive. Julian delivers therapy that considers your being in the world so that you can gain positive personal relationships and satisfying personal interactions.View Profile
Ioanna has over 30 years of experience working with a diverse range of clients including adolescents, adults and seniors in both rural and urban settings. Ioanna is keen to work with clients who experience anxiety and depression, low self esteem, family and/or relationship conflicts, amongst other areas or simply to be a sounding board.View Profile
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.View Profile
Caroline is very approachable and believes that positive change is sustainable, working holistically and using practical strategies, developing new skills and psychological interventions to achieve the best outcomes for you. She has been the principal psychologist and proprietor of Pure Gold Christian Counselling and Psychological Services for eight years.View Profile
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.View Profile
I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you and forming a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship that is centered on working together to create the life you wish for. I have worked extensively with young people from the ages of 5-18 and their families with the goal of always being respectful, an advocate and assisting clients to navigate...View Profile
My combined professional and life experiences make me highly aware of the types of difficulties encountered by people from all walks of life and the impact on their and others’ lives these obstacles to wellbeing can have. My efforts and professional skill are dedicated toward helping to make a difference and to assist people in developing their greater potentialView Profile
Jenny has been a registered Psychologist since 2005. Jenny’s key areas of interest are stress and health management, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, managing life transitions, executive functioning and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.View Profile
Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life's challenges.View Profile
My passion is helping people, in good times and tough times, and that is my aim when meeting you. I want to get to know you and help you through whatever challenges are facing you. I like to celebrate successes, even the little ones, and work through the next steps towards more success. I see every barrier or bump in...View Profile
Sarah uses a person-centred, strength-based approach, working in collaboration with clients to reach their therapeutic goals. Sarah is highly focused on the therapeutic relationship using a calm and relaxed manner, positive communication strategies, empathy, and understanding during therapy sessions.View Profile
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.View Profile
Rachel only works with children and young adults, up to the age of 25. She has over 20 years experience. Rachel has a keen interest in helping those who struggle with anxiety issues, including social anxiety, OCD and phobias. She has also worked extensively with young people who experience depression and other mood disorders, alongside other significant life events, such...View Profile