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Neuropsychology

Providing exceptional injury rehabilitation, long term complex care and community support.

A Clinical Psychologist within Neuropsychology specialises in supporting the emotional, behavioural and cognitive difficulties that can often result from brain injury.

Do you or someone you know identify with the following difficulties as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological condition?

  • Struggling to cope with difficult emotions or distress following brain injury?
  • Increased worry or anxiety that is stopping you from doing the things you want to do?
  • Difficulties adjusting to life after brain injury?
  • Noticing changes to your thinking skills (eg memory, concentration, organising, problem-solving)?
  • Experiencing difficulties controlling behaviour?

Psychological support with Peartree House can involve:

  • Formal assessment and monitoring of psychological difficulties/distress (eg depression, anxiety) through clinical interview, observational tools and self-reported outcome measures.
  • Detailed assessment of behaviour, including functional analysis of behaviour.
  • Formal standardised assessments of cognition (eg memory, attention, processing speed, executive skills).
  • Development of positive behaviour support plans and behavioural guidelines.
  • Advice regarding cognitive rehabilitation and implementation of compensatory strategies to manage cognitive deficits.
  • Psychological therapy (eg cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy) to support people to explore, understand and better manage difficulties resulting from their neurological event or condition (eg emotional distress, adjustment, behavioural difficulties).
  • Psycho-education and advice, informed by psychological formulation.
  • Advice and support to family members/carers, where appropriate.

Intervention can take place at Peartree House Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in Bitterne, Southampton or within your own place of residence.

What is Neuropsychology?

It’s all about how our brains and behaviors connect. We’re exploring how our thoughts, feelings, and actions are intertwined with changes in our brains. It’s like uncovering the behind-the-scenes of how we think, feel, and behave.

What is a clinical neuropsychology assessment?

It involves bringing together details about how the brain is functioning, blending insights from observations, self-reports, and observations by others. We gather information on neurology and neuropathology, combining it to understand how a person’s brain injury has impacted them. It’s like piecing together a puzzle to get a full picture of their situation.

A comprehensive assessment that examines all aspects of executive functioning, factoring in the individual’s baseline abilities before the brain injury. This personalized approach includes tests to estimate their general intellect prior to the injury. Assessments may also be employed to track progress over time, gauging improvement and evaluating the effectiveness of rehabilitation efforts. How are people getting better and how is the rehab working? It can also be used for diagnostic purposes, such as with dementia it can be used to highlight what diagnosis they have.”

What do Neuropsychological tests involve?

These tests are crafted based on extensive research into understanding how the brain functions—examining our thought processes, memory, and executive functioning. They’re designed to reflect real-life situations, such as learning a list of words or multitasking, providing insights into day-to-day cognitive abilities. These assessments are sensitive to neurological issues, allowing us to tailor the selection of tests according to an individual’s diagnosis.

For instance, individuals with conditions like MS have specific tests to gauge cognitive changes associated with MS. We customize the tests to meet the unique needs of each client. The scores obtained are then compared to a normative population within the same age range. This comparison helps us create a profile from the test results, indicating whether cognitive abilities align with expected levels or if there are deviations.

What does Neuropsychology Aim to Do?

Neuropsychology is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals dealing with neuro conditions or brain injuries. This encompasses various aspects, such as gaining a profound understanding of their specific brain injury, offering psychoeducation, conducting neuropsychological tests to discern strengths and weaknesses, and establishing a new baseline for their cognitive abilities. The aim is to empower individuals by providing valuable insights into their cognitive functioning.

Collaboration with occupational therapists may be integral, particularly in cognitive rehabilitation. The neuropsychologist may initiate the process, and occupational therapists can seamlessly take over, working together to address cognitive challenges and optimize rehabilitation efforts. Beyond cognitive aspects, consideration is also given to emotional well-being. This involves supporting individuals in adapting to changes, navigating challenges, and finding ways to accomplish tasks as they did before. The holistic approach may extend to psychological therapy, providing additional tools for individuals to cope with and adjust to the new changes in their lives.

In our practice, we address behavioral issues and focus on the assessment and management of challenging behaviors. Our approach involves regulating emotions and behaviors, especially in situations where even slight irritation or frustration can trigger significant reactions, potentially causing harm to oneself or others. A crucial aspect of our work is understanding how to help individuals meet their needs effectively.

Some individuals may display disengaged behaviors, and our intervention extends to addressing and modifying such behaviors. For cases where individuals are unable to carry out certain behaviors, we implement training for our staff to facilitate and support these actions. 

This includes extensive family support and guidance, helping them navigate and adapt to the challenges that may arise due to the impact on their loved ones. Our overall objective is to provide comprehensive support, not only for the individuals directly affected but also for their families, fostering positive adjustments in their lives.

How to get in contact with us?

We accept referrals from any healthcare and social care professional or case manager. Individuals can also self-refer. Referrals are accepted on a written standardised referral form, via telephone, fax, email or letter.

Please phone us on 023 8044 8168