There are a wide range of evidence based psychological approaches that can help address and manage the different psychological difficulties that people with neurological injury present with. For example, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as the psychological treatment of choice for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
Obtaining a thorough understanding of the presenting difficulties by conducting a comprehensive psychological assessment and using a collaborative and person centred approach, can then inform the most appropriate type of psychological intervention.
Neuropsychological tests assess our relative cognitive strengths and weaknesses. A core part of neuropsychological assessment is the administration of tests for the formal assessment of cognitive functioning. Aspects of cognitive functioning that are assessed typically include orientation, new-learning/memory, intelligence, language, visuo-perception, and executive-functioning. However, clinical neuropsychological assessment is more than this and also focuses on a person’s psychological, personal, interpersonal and wider contextual circumstances.
Assessment may be carried out for a variety of reasons, such as:
Clinical evaluation to understand the pattern of cognitive strengths as well as any difficulties a person may have, and to aid decision making.
Assessment of reported memory difficulties for example, suspected dementia, after having a road traffic accident,side effects of medication.
Neuropsychological assessment of brain functioning following head injury, post concussive states, Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia), Stroke, drug, alcohol & solvent abuse, poisoning and other cerebral assaults/injuries. Assessment of: malingering, mental capacity, fitness to plead, fitness to work, criminal responsibility, educational assessments and special needs.
Following comprehensive assessment, strategies will be used to promote independence with executive functioning, memory and activities of daily living with close working with occupational therapists to ensure continuity of care. Please contact us for more information for the service type that may best suit your needs.