BRAIN INJURY & NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
I have a special interest in the area of neuropsychology and work with clients who have a neurological condition or acquired brain injury.
- Brain/head injury
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease (PD)
Services offered include:
Having new diagnosis or injury can be difficult to cope with, particularly if it involves a lot of changes. Psychological therapy can be helpful in understanding and processing these cognitive and emotional changes.
Therapy can be adjusted for any cognitive problems you may have (e.g. memory, attention).
I can work with families to help them understand more about their family members condition, changes they may experience and how they can support them. As well as providing a safe place for them to process the changes that have occurred.
A neuropsychological assessment can help develop a identify any cognitive changes that may have arisen as a result of your injury/condition. This includes providing a recommendation of strategies that may be helpful to you to manage these changes.
These appointments last a minimum of 2 ½ hours. Before the appointment I will take some details to ensure that the type of assessment is appropriate.
I am not undertaking any medico-legal or aid to diagnosis neuropsychological assessments at present.
Cognitive rehabilitation is about identifying and developing specific strategies to help you manage any cognitive changes (e.g. memory difficulties, reduced attention, planning and organising and fatigue).
Return to Work/Employer Information
I have experience with helping individuals return to employment following an acquired brain injury and can also provide information to employers about how they can support the person in their role.
In addition to working with clients individually, Dr. Beedie also accepts referrals from insurance and rehabilitation companies who require a neuropsychological assessment for their clients. She also accepts referrals from legal teams.
What to expect at your appointment
A neuropsychological assessment appointment will be longer than a standard appointment. The expected length of this will be discussed with you prior to your appointment.
The assessment involves two important stages. Firstly, an interview where you will be asked about your condition, changes you have experienced and how this has impacted on you. Secondly, you will be asked to complete a number of tasks which will help identify how your thinking (cognition) may have been affected by your injury/condition.
The results of the assessment and recommendations will be discussed with you at this appointment and a written summary will be sent to you. Please note that if you are referred through your insurance company or solicitor, feedback is not usually given at your appointment unless by prior arrangement.
Non-assessment appointments last 50 minutes. Your first appointment will involve finding out more about you and your current concerns in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan.