If, like me, you have dyslexia you may relate to some of the following:

  • Finding difficulties in filling out a form

  • Forgetting people’s names

  • Feeling clumsy in a social situations

  • Not organising your time well

  • Feeling different

  • Not quite getting things right

  • Feeling slow and stupid

If you experience these things it is likely that you hide or compensate for your difference. Perhaps you avoid social interactions, do a job that is too easy for you, or find excuses to avoid tasks that involve reading or writing.

Since we attempt to hide and compensate for our difference, people with dyslexia are less likely to be promoted at work, less likely to attend further training and education, and more likely to experience depression and low self-esteem.

What makes it more challenging are the many myths that exist about dyslexia. Common myths, for example, include the idea that dyslexia is something that only affects children; dyslexia only affects the ability to read and write; and being dyslexic is associated with low intelligence. It is these myths that we need to battle with each day.

Spending time in counselling exploring the social and emotional impact of dyslexia will help you gain control of who you are, rather than let dyslexia define who you are. You will gain more confidence, believe in your abilities, and find your own voice. Ultimately, instead of hiding and battling with who you are, you will begin to be proud of who you are.

I can offer sessions over video conferencing if you’re unable to meet me in Eccles, Salford.

If you have any questions or would like to book a session, please get in contact.


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