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Brain Injury Counselling

Summarise – Brain Injury Counselling is increasingly being recognised as an essential component of rehabilitation success. Cognitive problems that result from traumatic brain injury vary widely from person to person. These problems depend on many factors, including an individual’s personality, pre-injury abilities, the severity of the brain damage, and other influential parameters. 

No matter how severe, most brain injuries will cause the person to experience emotional and behavioural changes. These changes can include extreme mood swings and anxiety disorders, including panic disorders & OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). It is also common to see people present with depression, impulsive behaviours, personality disorders & poor or inconsistent social skills.

Brain Injury Counselling –  Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury can be difficult, but it is manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping individuals think more clearly & gain a purpose. Our therapists will help clients understand why they behave in the way they do. Counselling helps individuals uncover distorted or unhealthy thinking patterns. Our therapists help individuals learn healthy coping skills; these skills help them navigate life.

Expectations from Counselling – Individuals can expect to discuss their physical and emotional health. The Therapist will ask about the symptoms they are experiencing, where and when it occurs, and what factors may affect it. In addition, the counsellor will ask them to discuss any worries or stresses, including those associated with their symptoms. 

Brain Injury Counselling

Summarise – Brain Injury Counselling is increasingly being recognised as an essential component of rehabilitation success. Cognitive problems that result from traumatic brain injury vary widely from person to person.These problems depend on many factors, including an individual’s personality, pre-injury abilities, the severity of the brain damage, and other influential parameters. 

No matter how severe, most brain injuries will cause the person to experience emotional and behavioural changes. These changes can include extreme mood swings and anxiety disorders, including panic disorders & OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). It is also common to see people present with depression, impulsive behaviours, personality disorders & poor or inconsistent social skills.

Brain Injury Counselling

Summarise – Brain Injury Counselling is increasingly being recognised as an essential component of rehabilitation success. Cognitive problems that result from traumatic brain injury vary widely from person to person.These problems depend on many factors, including an individual’s personality, pre-injury abilities, the severity of the brain damage, and other influential parameters. 

No matter how severe, most brain injuries will cause the person to experience emotional and behavioural changes. These changes can include extreme mood swings and anxiety disorders, including panic disorders & OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). It is also common to see people present with depression, impulsive behaviours, personality disorders & poor or inconsistent social skills.

Brain Injury Counselling

Brain Injury Counselling –  Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury can be difficult, but it is manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping individuals think more clearly & gain a purpose. Our therapists will help clients understand why they behave in the way they do. Counselling helps individuals uncover distorted or unhealthy thinking patterns. Our therapists help individuals learn healthy coping skills; these skills help them navigate life.

Expectations from Counselling – Individuals can expect to discuss their physical and emotional health. The Therapist will ask about the symptoms they are experiencing, where and when it occurs, and what factors may affect it. In addition, the counsellor will ask them to discuss any worries or stresses, including those associated with their symptoms. 

Suitability – The service is typically suitable for adults who require a brain injury counselling service. For example, people who benefit from our service have received a brain injury through an accident (trauma to the head) or a head injury through physical abuse.

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Brain Injury
It is not unusual for people who have suffered from brain injuries to develop or increase pre-existing mental health or medical issues. 
Mental Health
Common Examples: PTSD Traits, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Psychosis, Sleeping Issues, Depression, Phobias, Dissociation & Health Anxiety
Emotional Health
Common Examples: Low Self-Esteem & Confidence, Hopeless and Despairing, Worrying too Much About Different Things, Ruminating, Difficulty Thinking Clearly & Making Decisions
Medical Effects
With more severe brain injuries, short or long term effects can be distressing. Potential examples of these are: Concussion, Seizures, Cognitive Processing Issues, tumour, stroke, brain, haemorrhage and encephalitis
Potential Sensory Problems
Short or Long Term Hearing Loss, Problems with Eyesight, Loss of Taste 
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Common Brain Injury Counselling Questions?

Why Brain Injury Counselling?

Brain Injury Counselling may be a better option than Psychotherapy if:

  • You have specific issues or short term problems you wish to address

  • You wish to learn coping skills to help better manage stress and improve relationships

  • You are coping with life transitions and adjustments

  • You are looking for someone who is essentially a “coach” who can guide and support you as you learn to recognise problems and formulate healthy solutions yourself

Brain Injury Counselling is a short term treatment plan that will last between 6 weeks & 6 months. Clients will receive a Qualified BACP Registered Counsellor who works with individuals who require Brain Injury Counselling.

The Counselling focuses on the present problem and situation of living with a brain injury. The counsellor will work with the individual giving guidance, support, and education to help identify and find their own solutions.

Why Brain Injury Psychotherapy?

A psychotherapist may be a better option than Brain Injury Counselling if:

  • You have problems that are significantly impacting your life and relationships.

  • You are coping with past trauma or believe situations in the past may play a role in your current issues.

  • Your present issues are chronic or recurring.

  • You have a chronic medical condition that is affecting your emotional well-being.

  • You have a diagnosed mental health condition such as severe depression, mood or anxiety disorder.

  • You have seen a counsellor, and your issues aren’t improving even though you’ve been actively working on solutions.

Psychotherapy addresses the root cause and core issues of current problems so that lasting change and personal growth may occur. Clients will work with a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist who will deliver Brain Injury Counselling. 

Psychotherapy is a longer-term treatment that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is on the person’s thought processes and how past events may influence these in conjunction with the brain injury that causes problems in the present. 

  • Focus on chronic or recurrent problems

  • Overall patterns, big picture-oriented

  • Long term therapy, either continuous or intermittent over a longer period

  • Feeling and experience focused

  • May include testing such as personality, intelligence

  • In-depth focus on internal thoughts/feelings (core issues) leading to personal growth

What is Relationship Counselling?

Our counsellors provide a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you find a way through the effects of brain injury on your relationships as a couple.

Together we will first help you to identify the issues or problems you are facing in your relationship.

If you decide couple brain injury counselling (couples or friends) is the way forward for both of you, you will embark on a series of short-term counselling sessions – anything between six and twelve sessions is normal, but it will depend on the issues you are experiencing.

For some couples, brain injury counselling is the start of a long process of discovery while for others, a few sessions of brain injury counselling may be all they need to move through a rough patch. You will be able to discuss your expectations with your counsellor.

Counselling Methodologies

SoundMind-UK team can offer differing methodologies of Brain Injury Counselling & Psychotherapies from the outset.

Shorter-term solutions would include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, while medium to longer-term solutions includes Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis & Integrative Methodologies.

Our brain injury counselling methodologies include elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy within the treatment plan selected.

Pros of paying privately for Brain Injury Counselling

Get help almost immediately

Develop a closer, more personal relationship with your therapist as there is no limit on the number of sessions you require.

The NHS has a very ‘one in one out’ style of working, whereas it can feel a lot more personal when you go to private sessions.

Going private means clients can choose different treatments.

Choosing to see a therapist privately offers clients a sense of independence. Although services are available through GPs and NHS-funded mental health services, many people are worried about perceived mental health difficulties appearing on their medical records.

Brain Injury Counselling Paid by the NHS

SoundMind-UK can apply for NHS funded sessions for you.

Sessions are free; this is the biggest advantage of NHS funding.

No application can be guaranteed to be successful. 

From the time of application & approval can be 12 weeks or more.

Some regions within the UK will not fund specialist services.

Services that ask us for support include:

  • Solicitors

  • Lawyers

  • Courts

  • Employers

  • Educational establishments (Further Education Colleges, Universities)

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Brain injury Counselling online through our HIPPA compliant video systems has many advantages, including:

Online counselling allows you to speak to a therapist, counsellor or analyst online without having to meet them face to face.

Online therapy is more convenient than traditional therapy. Instead of driving to a therapist’s office for every session, you can log on to our video platform from the comfort of home.

The use of video therapies offers flexibility for clients to schedule sessions into their week. 

Video counselling is also helpful for people who struggle to access in-person treatment. They may have a disability, lack transportation, live too far away from a treatment location or be unable to leave their house. Virtual sessions make it possible for these people to receive the mental health treatment they need.

Brain Injury Counselling in-person

SoundMind-UK offer in-person sessions within:

  • Central London

  • Central Birmingham

  • Newcastle

  • Sussex, Canvey Region

  • Surrey, Elmbridge Region

  • Durham

  • Hartlepool

New therapy rooms being added throughout 2021 & 2022

Traumatic Brain Injury

Acquired brain damage can occur when external harm, such as a bludgeoning, happens to the brain.

A Trauma Brain Injury will most likely occur when something violently hits the head or an object penetrates the brain tissue itself. 

Brain injuries can have further-reaching issues such as loss of sight or hearing that can be short or long term & even permanent.

Severity 

The severity of the injury can range from mild to severe. Most trauma brain injuries are mild and commonly referred to as concussions.

However, moderate or severe brain injuries can lead to permanent brain damage, disabilities, and behavioural changes. 

SoundMind-UK has a brain injury counselling service. We work with clients on a psychological basis. 

Most people recover from concussion symptoms after a few weeks. Yet some people will develop the post-concussion syndrome, in which symptoms persist after six weeks.

The more concussions a person experiences, the more likely they are to experience long-term symptoms including for example:

  • Loss of consciousness (for only a few minutes)

  • Headache and/or neck pain

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

  • Sensory issues such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears

Other symptoms may develop hours or days after the injury. These include:

  • Fatigue

  • Changes in sleep patterns

  • Bad taste in the mouth

  • Difficulty with memory and concentration

  • Behavioural changes such as impulsivity

Sensory issues for some people may potentially demonstrate additional emotional and behavioural concerns such as:

  • Poor Concentration

  • Organising Thoughts

  • Angry Outbursts

  • Impulsive Behaviours 

  • Fatigue

Cognitive issues for some people may potentially demonstrate additional emotional and behavioural concerns such as:

  • Poor Concentration

  • Organising Thoughts

  • Angry Outbursts

  • Impulsive Behaviours 

  • Fatigue

 

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