We can’t believe Jasmin, Assistant Neuropsychologist, has been with us at Sage for over a month. The time has just flown by. We caught up with her to ask her a little bit about how she has found her first month, along with a few other questions about her career so far, and who she would like to meet the most!
How have you found your first month working at Sage Psychologie?
Working at Sage Psychologie has been absolutely amazing! Jenna and Jo could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Thank you both so much! I have learnt so much in such a small amount of time; enjoying every second of working here. I must add that Sophie, Hope and Indie [Jo’s Springer Spaniels] have also made my first month at Sage Psychologie enjoyable, whether that is the lovely lunchtime walks or cuddles.
What is the most interesting thing you have learnt so far?
There is too much to choose from. I have really enjoyed shadowing Jo, learning about how sessions are given, and the different interventions used to help clients. Gaining knowledge about how Clinical Neuropsychologists work within the multidisciplinary team has been insightful. Additionally, I have enjoyed learning about the administration of the cognitive tests, and I am looking forward to putting the studying into practice. Learning about different strategies to aid different aspects of executive function has been very interesting. Using and understanding the mechanisms behind virtual reality has been fascinating; how exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring can be implemented into a virtual reality setting.
What did your path look like leading up to working as an Assistant Neuropsychologist?
I have always been intrigued by human behaviour, whether that is observing individuals in social situations or questioning why certain behaviour is so variable amongst people. This interest encouraged the study of Psychology at GCSE and A Level. During my A levels, I gained the opportunity to learn more about how damage to different parts of the brain may consequently affect behaviour. I found this area of psychology truly fascinating. Studying Psychology with Neuropsychology at Bangor University, I expanded my learning on how different brain areas interact with different aspects of behaviour. Learning about psychological interventions to help improve the lives of individuals was also very interesting; I found that practising Mindfulness improved aspects of my own life. Alongside my studies at both college and university, I have enjoyed volunteering with children who have autism and learning difficulties.
What do you love most about working in Neuropsychology?
I have really enjoyed learning what strategies and interventions are used to help different individuals who have had brain injuries. Each instance is unique and I have gained a lot of understanding as to how brain injury can affect aspects of cognitive function, mental health and behaviour.
If you could meet one person dead or alive who would it be and why?
David Attenborough. I admire his love for animals and the environment. He would have the most amazing stories about his travels across the world and he seems like such a lovely person.