The psychological impact of an acquired brain injury on individuals and families is often severe and wide ranging. Our psychological services provide assessment, individual counselling and psychotherapy, family therapy, relationship counselling, and support groups which are targeted at the needs of both individuals and families experiencing acquired brain injury.
Psychological services provide a range of assessments for people who have been affected by acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological assessments give a comprehensive picture of how each individual's brain is functioning at that time and addresses areas such as memory, attention and problem solving. These results are important for planning each person's individualized rehabilitation program. The service also conducts psychological assessments, focusing on the emotional and psychological impact of an acquired brain injury. Family needs assessments are also available, where the focus is on the family dynamic and a number of family supports can be recommended based on this assessment.
Headway provides a range of support services for family members and carers of people with an acquired brain injury. Education, support and individual counselling is available for family members to address areas such as grief and loss, adjustment to change, self-esteem, conflict and relationship issues that may arise as a result of brain injury. See our page on Family Supports here.
Psychotherapy, therapy and counselling are all words which can be used to describe the same process. Psychotherapy provides a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space, where you can talk about things in your life that you find difficult, and explore your feelings around these. We have an information leaflet on our psychotherapy service available for download here.
Support Groups are available to both individuals with an acquired brain injury and their family members. The aim of these groups is to increase each person's awareness of their difficulties, assist them in managing these, and provide them with a forum where they can discuss their problems with others in a similar situation. Groups for brain-injured people focus on cognitive rehabilitation, memory, anger, fatigue and peer-support. In addition, a monthly peer-support group is run for carers and family members where people can discuss problems, ask questions or simply listen to others in similar situations.
We also offer training to professionals and other organisations and take part in research programmes to further our understanding of acquired brain injury.