Brain injury, disease, and dementia
Changes in your physical ability, emotional experiences, or thinking and memory skills can have a big impact on your life. It can feel difficult to overcome these challenges, and adjust to a new way of life – especially when changes in health come suddenly and you miss the way things used to be.
I can support you or your loved one in understanding and moving through these experiences, whether you are facing a diagnosis, struggling to manage day-to-day, or approaching the end of life. Scroll down to learn more about how I can support you.
Traumatic brain injury
Strokes & haemorrhages
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Multiple System Atrophy
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Motor neurone disease (MND)
Age-related changes in thinking
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
Dementia in Parkinson's disease
I bring experience, compassion, and a sensitive approach to working with changes in the brain. I am interested in how these illnesses affect each part of who someone is, including any physical, emotional, and social effects as well as changes in thinking skills.
I have experience supporting those who feel unable to accept and adjust to a challenging diagnosis or traumatic event, those without mental capacity to consent to treatment, and people choosing to decline life-sustaining treatment.
This can include working with chronic pain, sleep, fatigue, and mood management by working with grief and adjustment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). I can provide neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation for changes in cognition (for example, memory, executive dysfunction, concentration and attention). I also provide support with returning to work or returning to previously enjoyed hobbies and activities. My doctoral research on this subject can be found here.
This work often involves working closely with family and education or workplaces. In this way we can understand how the systems around someone may contribute to difficulties, and also how you can work better together to improve your relationships and support recovery.
I am skilled at adapting therapy for those with communication difficulties (for example, aphasia following stroke, progressive loss of voice in MND, etc.). I have specialist training and experience in providing Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) for behaviours that challenge.