Acquired brain injury
Brain injury rehabilitation, involving treatment of the whole person, is the gold standard for optimizing recovery, productivity and well-being. We provide complete psychological care including neuropsychological (cognitive) and psychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation (cognitive remediation) and psychological therapy. Persistent cognitive symptoms and psychological conditions, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, can impede reaching your full potential following injury. Our approach to treatment is grounded in the latest research and tailored to your specific strengths, challenges and goals.
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) 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.
FAQ about ABI
An initial consultation is the first step to understanding your challenges and goals. From here we can discuss the best assessment and treatment services for you.
We provide a full array of individualized therapies for cognitive difficulties and psychological conditions. Our therapies are informed by careful assessment of your psychological health, cognitive strengths and challenges, medical and personal circumstances, and goals.
Cognitive rehabilitation addresses specific cognitive challenges that interfere with individual 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.
We provide and adapt the delivery of psychological therapy (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy) to address psychological conditions in ABI. Our knowledge about ABI, accompanying cognitive and psychological symptoms, and the broader issues you face following injury, help us understand you as a whole person and to collaborate with you effectively to improve your mental health.
Brain injury does not only happen to an individual but has an impact on 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.