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Adult Neuropsychology

A specialist service delivered by highly qualified clinicians

Neuropsychologists have lengthy evidence-based training to understand what happens to the human brain after injury. They look at how this relates to changes in the survivor’s personality, cognitive functioning, and mental health. This then shapes the work they do, usually in collaboration with a team of rehabilitation professionals, to help the person with a brain injury move on positively with their life.

Although not exclusively so, we most often find ourselves working with clients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. This means that the brain injury has been caused suddenly and unexpectedly, often as a result of a car accident, a workplace accident, a fall, or other traumatic event. Most of these clients are living in the community, striving to come to terms with impact of their injuries in every aspect of their lives.

We have over 17 years experience working in private practice with Case Managers and other professionals; focusing on the following areas:

  • Understanding brain injury and its effects
  • Advice about treatment and rehabilitation
  • Formal neuropsychological assessment and cognitive testing
  • Compensating for memory problems, reduced speed of thinking, and poor concentration
  • Coping with executive difficulties, e.g. making decisions, solving problems organisation and planning
  • Cogmed: Evidence-based brain training online with personalised programme and appointed Personal Coach. Cogmed targets working memory, concentration, and information processing speed.
  • Help with loss and grief, and adjustment to changes in sense of identity
  • Dealing with anger, anxiety and low mood
  • The place of acceptance, and the development of resilience and hope
  • Exploring changes in intimate relationships, including psychological and emotional adjustment
  • Understanding the need for good quality of sleep, with a focus on improving sleep hygiene
  • Reconnecting with or developing new social networks
  • Finding meaning and purpose in activity; voluntary and/or vocational
  • Everyday coping with the demands of an ongoing legal case and intensive rehabilitation
  • Achieving goals and planning for the future
  • Psychoeducation about the effects of brain injury and therapeutic support for the family
  • Training, and working with those providing support, to understand and implement a rehabilitation approach
  • Integrated working with multidisciplinary teams to achieve joint goals and best outcomes
  • Initial assessment reports, and regular update reports, to include summaries of work undertaken and making recommendations for further intervention if required
  • Consultation for colleagues and other professionals
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First Steps

Beginning the Process

Referrals are most often made by Case Managers. A referral form or letter will be required. In most cases we are asked to complete an initial assessment. This can take place at our offices close to Chester, or at the client’s home. Alternatively, we offer appointments online, e.g. via Zoom, if a face to face meeting is not possible. The interview with the client usually takes around two hours. They may wish to have a family member present, or another person, to provide support. If the client struggles with lengthy interviews, e.g. because of fatigue, the clinician will most likely suggest that the assessment process is broken down into shorter periods of time. This ensures the client has the best chance of maintaining concentration and engagement. Occasionally neuropsychological tests may be requested by the referrer as part of the assessment process. After the assessment is completed we provide a comprehensive report, including information about the client’s circumstances and needs; and with bespoke recommendations for individual treatment and collaborative work with a multidisciplinary team.

Our Expertise

Dr Jo Neal

Jo brings an invaluable background of 27 years working in youth and community work, the caring professions, and business. She completed a PhD in Psychology in 2001, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2005, before moving into private practice as a Neuropsychologist. She then went on to obtain her Post-Doctoral Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology at Glasgow University. She is registered with the HCPC, a full member of the Division of Neuropsychology, an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and an accredited Supervisor.  She has always loved her role as a Neuropsychologist. She specialises in traumatic brain injury, and enjoys working as part of multidisciplinary teams with young people and adults. For Jo, it has always been important to support the families of those surviving trauma too.

Dr Vanessa Huke

Vanessa completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2020, having obtained an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010, and a PhD in Psychology. She is registered with the HCPC. She has a passion for neuropsychology, particularly in relation  to rehabilitation for survivors of brain injury. She has experience working therapeutically and systemically with all age groups, including older adults. She also has a special interest in nutrition and eating disorders.
Jasmin Dobson, Assistant Neuropsychologist

Jasmin has an infectious enthusiasm for life. She obtained a First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Neuropsychology in 2020, and is a Graduate Member of the BPS. She works under clinical supervision with young people and adults, and has developed multimedia programmes on memory, social skills, and emotional resilience for use in therapy sessions. She is an excellent communicator and an active participant in multidisciplinary teams.

What We Offer

Brain injury assessment and treatment
Cognitive testing

Our therapeutic approach is integrative and person-centred, drawing upon:

Systemic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution Focused Therapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Transactional Analysis
Motivational Interviewing


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