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Reclaiming LIFE together

Our Neuropsychologists offer a bespoke service for adults and young people who have experienced a traumatic or life changing event. We understand that a brain injury or PTSD can turn someone’s life upside down. Clients often tell us that they don’t know who they are anymore, although young people may not be able to express this verbally. Instead, their new and confusing reality is most often observed in changes to behaviour and school or college performance. Beginning to accept changes to identity and finding a new direction always brings internal conflict and practical struggle, and it takes time.

Our work with other professionals is collaborative, as we help our clients and their families come to terms with what has happened and reclaim a sense of having a valuable life. This means working through loss and grief to find meaning and purpose, and adjusting to the consequences of their physical and psychological injuries.

As Neuropsychologists we also undertake cognitive assessments to inform the rehabilitation and treatment process, identifying both strengths and weaknesses in cognitive ability and thinking skills. We can then help our client and their families look at ways of modifying how they do things in order to help the survivor of brain injury achieve as much independence as possible.

When independence is not achievable, we look at the survivor’s environment and relationships, and work alongside their families – and sometimes their friends – to identify ways in which they can best support them now and into the future.

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Adult Neuropsychology

We tailor our intervention to the brain injury survivor’s specific situation, which means work is often needed in the following areas:

Initial assessment, with recommendations for rehabilitation and treatment

Psychometric assessment

Ideas and techniques to mitigate the effects of cognitive difficulties

Cogmed, evidence-based online brain training

Identity change, emotional repercussions and coping. Resilience and hope

Relationships and social environment

Sleep

Coping with appointments and rehabilitation

Finding meaning and purpose, exploring the future

Family support

Training and consultation

Working together with multidisciplinary teams

Update reports

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Young People’s Neuropsychology

We tailor our intervention to the young person’s specific situation. This may include:

Initial neuropsychological assessment for the significant cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges often associated with brain injury and neurological conditions

Psychometric assessment, liaison with schools or colleges, other rehabilitation team members, and support workers

Report with recommendations for rehabilitation and treatment, followed by update reports as required

Working together with multidisciplinary teams

School based interventions, and guidance with regards to environment, behaviours and learning

Consultation and training for other agencies (e.g. education, health and social care), other professionals, and for support workers involved in rehabilitation

Psychoeducation, support and guidance for the family

A person-centred integrative therapeutic approach, drawing upon systemic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, and/or trauma-focused therapies, and including mindfulness

Helping the young person understand, cope with, and adjust to the changes in their life

Exploring any sleep issues and the impact of sleep on everyday functioning

Work on emotional intelligence (identifying and understanding feelings), and exploring the intricacies of friendships and relationships

Working with the young person to develop a psychological and emotional ‘toolkit’ they can use throughout life to deal with anxiety, anger and/or low mood

Building resilience and hope, and looking to the future

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Our work with individuals experiencing PTSD includes:

A clinical interview. Although it is necessary to gather information about what has happened and to understand the impact it has had on the client’s life, this meeting is especially important for the client, as they need to be sure they can trust and feel safe with their  clinician.

An assessment report. The report concludes with recommendations for treatment.

Once written authorisation for the sessions is provided, therapy can begin.

In addition to working on a one-to-one basis with the client, education about PTSD and therapeutic support for the family is often highly recommended. This is because this type of experience typically affects everyone closely involved in the client’s life. For example, it is very common to find that the client’s retreat from the world is matched by an overprotective response from others who care deeply about them. It can be very helpful, therefore, to unwrap relationship dynamics that maintain PTSD, and explore how people can change their responses and behaviour to facilitate recovery.

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