What is an acquired brain injury (ABI)?
An ABI refers to injury to the brain that has occurred after birth. Injury to the brain can occur due to:
- traumatic brain injury following a car accident, fall or assault
- medical conditions (stroke, aneurysm/arteriovenous malformation rupture, brain tumour or seizure disorder)
- oxygen deprivation during heart attack, surgical procedure or suicide attempt
- bacterial and viral conditions (septicemia, meningitis and encephalitis)
- autoimmune conditions (multiple sclerosis, HIV and Lupus),
- toxic chemical exposure
- excessive prolonged alcohol use
- severe vitamin deficiency
- side effects of cancer treatment (known as chemo fog or chemo brain)
Our services are directed toward the following:
- Injured workers/students who are unsure when/whether they can return to work/school.
- Injured workers/students who need strategies to compensate for cognitive difficulties.
- Individuals living with cognitive challenges (e.g., memory, attention, planning) or embarrassing behaviours (e.g., pseudobulbar affect or episodes of uncontrollable laughing or crying) who want to optimize their day-to-day functioning and confidence.
- Those with depression, anxiety, adjustment and other issues following brain injury.
- Individuals with moderate-to-severe memory impairment interested in learning to better use their smartphone and apps to enhance functioning and independence.
An initial consultation is the first step in understanding your challenges and goals.
We offer comprehensive neuropsychological assessments (which include evaluation of both cognitive and psychological difficulties) to inform treatment or as standalone assessments. The length and nature of the assessment is determined by its purpose.
Cognitive rehabilitation addresses specific cognitive challenges that interfere with goals and optimal productivity (e.g., memory, attention, planning). We work with your strengths to buffer the impact of your challenges on your productivity and/or independence. We have in-depth understanding of cognitive neuroscience theory, research, and with designing, evaluating and providing effective rehabilitation programs and approaches that produce real-life results.
Our understanding of ABI and the cognitive and psychological symptoms that accompany various conditions, enables us to adapt psychological therapy to your unique needs so that you can get the most out of treatment. This is one of the advantages of pursuing therapy with a neuropsychologist.
Brain injury does not only happen to an individual but affects the family. We provide psychological support to family members (18+ years) of those with brain injury. Family members and/or close friends can also play an integral role in our treatment planning and work together.
We provide rehabilitation for cognitive difficulties due to most types of brain injury and many psychological conditions that can co-occur with brain injury.