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Understanding

Young People’s Neuropsychology

A specialist service with heart

Neuropsychologists working with young people go through extensive evidence-based training to understand what happens to the developing brain during childhood and adolescence after a traumatic or acquired brain injury. A brain injury inevitably impacts on the acquisition of functional skills and cognitive efficacy. 

We provide assessment, therapy and neurorehabilitation for young people affected by traumatic or acquired brain injuries. We also work with other issues associated with these conditions such as trauma and mental health.

A complete neuropsychological assessment explores a young person’s thinking, behaviour, and problem solving skills, to understand their strengths and weaknesses. This can then be used to inform clinical treatment. Frequent issues include:

• Memory

• Attention and concentration

• Language skills

• Visuospatial processing

• Academic skills such as reading or maths

• Executive skills (developing more obviously during the teenage years)

• Family and social environment

• Social skills and friendships

In addition to assessment and treatment, our service also includes advice, consultation and training for rehabilitation colleagues and support teams, and for education professionals. Given the longer term nature of many conditions, review and longer term monitoring and re-assessments through important transitions are offered.

Each programme of rehabilitation is carefully put together to complement the work of other professionals, such as specialist Case Managers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Nutritionists. 

Contact Us Make a Referral

 

First Steps

Beginning the Process

You’re welcome to give us a call to discuss the possibility of a referral. Or you may wish to fill in a referral form via our website, or send us an email or letter. In most cases we are asked to complete an initial assessment prior to intervention. Young people are welcome to meet us at our comfortable offices near Chester, or, if they prefer, we are happy to travel to their schools or homes, or somewhere else that provides a neutral, safe space for us to talk. Virtual meetings using online media are also an option.

The length of the interview will vary depending on the young person’s ability to cope, e.g. taking into account any fatigue or difficulties concentrating. If they struggle with lengthy interviews, the assessment process can be broken down into shorter periods of time. They may wish to have a family member present, or another person, to provide support.

Occasionally neuropsychological tests may be requested by the referrer – or recommended by the clinician – as part of a more comprehensive assessment process. After the full assessment is completed we will write a report, including information about the young person’s circumstances and needs; and with bespoke recommendations for individual treatment and collaborative work within a multidisciplinary team.

Our Expertise

Dr Neal brings an invaluable background of 27 years in youth work, supporting children and young people with special needs, working within the caring professions, and in business, prior to her qualifying as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and moving into private practice over 15 years ago

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post-Doctoral Diploma (Merit) in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow (2010–2011)
  • Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate (2009)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (2002-2005), University of Wales, Bangor
  • PhD Psychology (1998-2001), University of Surrey, Roehampton, London
  • BSc (Hons) (First Class), Psychology and Counselling (1995-1998), Roehampton Institute London/University of Surrey
  • Certificate in Counselling (Distinction) (1994), Waverley Abbey, Surrey
  • Certificate in Youth and Community Work (1985-1987), Birmingham University

ACCREDITATION/MEMBERSHIP

  • Full Member of the Division of Neuropsychology, British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor, British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care and Professions Council

What We Offer

Assessment and clinical intervention
Neuropsychological testing
A collaborative and holistic approach
Advice and consultation
Training
Review, long-term monitoring and re-assessment

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

Systemic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Transactional Analysis
Motivational Interviewing

Rehab

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