Neuropsychology is a branch of Clinical Psychology. This specialist area is concerned with the relationship between brain structure and functions, and how these translate to psychological processes and behaviours.
The function of the brain can significantly change following brain injury or illness including:
Elite Psychology aim to better understand the impact of the disease or injury on an individual and derive effective therapies. Our Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologist are trained to look at the psychological, social and neurological factors in understanding the impact of acquired brain injury upon an individual. Neuropsychologists work closely with patients, their families and the multidisciplinary team to assess needs, establish rehabilitation goals and monitor ongoing recovery. The areas of intervention can be split in to three broad categories; Mood/Adjustment, Cognition and Behaviour.
Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are common following brain injury and disease. This can be the result of difficulties in adjusting to life while coping with the effects of the neurological injury but sometimes it can be a direct consequence of the injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist will assess a patient's mood and their coping mechanism and will offer behavioural strategies to help them manage their feelings. The Clinical Neuropsychologist can also treat mood disorders using psychological therapy, if appropriate.
Often friends and family also struggle to come to terms with the effects of the brain injury on their loved one. The Clinical Neuropsychologist will work with families to give them advice and support to facilitate the adjustment process. At times, families may have to make difficult decisions about palliative care or arranging for their loved one to go into a nursing home. They can talk things through with a Neuropsychologist if it would be helpful.
The Clinical Neuropsychologist will also carry out formal cognitive assessments (private neuropsychological assessments) with individuals who have difficulties with some or many of their cognitive skills (e.g. attention, memory, problem solving, reasoning, etc). The assessment can help in understanding the individual's strengths and difficulties and guides the rehabilitation goals that are aimed towards maximising the strengths and compensating for any difficulties.
When an individual experiences behavioural problems (e.g. agitation, aggression, sexual dis-inhibition, excessive demands of staff, not engaging with rehabilitation, etc.) a Clinical Neuropsychologist can explore why this behaviour may be happening and can provide advice (through consultation or written guidelines) about how to manage this challenging behaviour.
Our associates are expert at assessment and diagnosis as well as the integration of the various models and approaches to neuropsychological difficulties. They are able to prescribe medication, or recommend medication to GPs and offer a number of psychological, family and social approaches. Our associates work closely with the other professionals in our service in understanding the detail of the problem and in establishing the most appropriate treatment and who should deliver it.
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