A neuropsychological assessment provides an objective assessment of cognitive functioning and helps to determine strengths and weaknesses in thinking skills and neurocognitive function. The evaluation consists of the administration of a series of tests assessing an individual's cognitive and emotional functioning. While the actual tests that are administered may vary depending on the needs of the individual, they will usually include tests of attention, language, visuospatial skills, memory, speed of information processing, and problem-solving. In addition, questionnaires regarding medical history, current symptoms, and psychological functioning are usually also administered. The results from this assessment are used to make recommendations for treatment, study, or work.
Common reasons for assessment include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Anoxic Brain Injury
Executive Functioning problems (e.g., planning, organizing)
Psychiatric Conditions (e.g., Depression)
The focus of neuropsychological rehabilitation is to help individuals find ways to improve their functioning and to cope with the lingering effects of their injury and/or disability. Therapy often focuses on learning behaviors and tools to overcome obstacles created by the injury/disability and improve adjustment. It includes elements of psychotherapy as well as cognitive rehabilitation.
Psychotherapy is "talk-based" treatment for psychological and emotional disturbances. A number of psychotherapeutic tools are available for use in treatment. The nature of psychotherapy depends on the nature of the presenting problem, the individual being treated, and their specific needs. I draw from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Management approaches in my psychotherapy work.
Common areas for treatment include:
Persisting post-concussion symptoms
Traumatic brain injury
Cognitive difficulties impacting functioning
Neurological disorders (e.g., dementia)
Cognitive Rehabilitation includes a set of evidence-based techniques to treat cognitive and/or behavioral problems resulting from acquired brain injury or other neurological condition. These techniques are used to restore cognitive skills that are compromised due to a brain injury. Treatment also focuses on the learning of new skills and behaviors to compensate for deficits. The overall goal of cognitive rehabilitation is to improve day-to-day functioning despite lingering cognitive difficulties due to brain injury.
COPE Concussion Group
12 week group focusing on education and evidence-based techniques to treat persisting symptoms of concussion. The goal of this group-based treatment is to improve cognitive, emotional and physical functioning and to improve sense of self-efficacy. i.e., the patient's confidence in their ability to handle any problems resulting from a concussive injury. This group has been shown to reduce patient symptoms and depression and improve quality of life and sense of self efficacy.