Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury caused by a blow to the head that causes loss of consciousness, dizziness or post traumatic amnesia. Following the initial 3-month recovery period it may be helpful to have a neuropsychological assessment to track cognitive changes. Psychotherapy can also be helpful for those with persistent issues also referred to as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Common difficulties often include sensory overstimulation, fatigue, and problems containing emotions. In therapy you can learn skills to adjust to your challenges and increase your quality of life. Specialists who understand TBI can validate your experience, help you learn how to adapt to your new life and grieve the changes that have come from your injury.

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I work with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors - with an understanding there is more to human beings than being labeled "brain injury". I have experience as a therapist in outpatient neurology and inpatient/ICU. I created/facilitated the THINK B.I.G. Brain Injury Group weekly Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) group for Brain Injury Survivors , am connected with Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) & LoveYourBrain Foundation. [I am a Brain Injury Survivor myself]

— Heather Ackles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am a Clinical Trauma Professional (CTP) that utilizes evidence-based approaches such as CBT to assist clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries to navigate the physical and psychological symptoms of their injuries.

— Lauren Trifunovich, Psychotherapist

There can be many causes of Traumatic Brain Injury, and can result in long lasting effects. I provide accommodations in therapy personalized to the individual to reduce the stress and physical symptoms someone might be experiencing as a result of a TBI. I participate in the Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Committee, collaborate with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network's TBI initiatives, and provide education on TBIs and accommodations in professional settings.

— Elizabeth (Beth) Youngman, Licensed Master of Social Work in Columbus, OH

People with history of TBI often report ongoing cognitive and mood symptoms long after their physical injuries have healed. These challenges can be difficult to describe to people who do not have experience with TBI. I have worked with TBI for a long time and I can help you through neuropsychological assessment or psychotherapy. Together we can learn about your goals and create a plan to work towards feeling better and making a new life that honors your needs.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

I have worked with individuals and families recovering from traumatic brain injury for over 20 years. I offer online psychology services designed to connect your recovery plan to your home environment and help you heal, grow and re-engage with your life. I am happy to work with you individually, but also work with a team of allied health professionals to help with complex neurological and orthopedic injuries with a full suite of outpatient telerehabilitation services.

— Jodi Palensky, Psychologist in OMAHA, OR

I am a certified brain injury specialist and can help you with a number of techniques to heal and hopefully regain what you lost.

— Jared Treiber, Clinical Psychologist in Northbrook, IL

At Nelmar Centers, we approach the diagnostic process with extreme dedication and determination. Our first and primary goal in working with a concussion is to establish what cognitive domains have been compromised and how the injury has affected the overall psychological functioning. We also use a qEEG brain scan as a supplemental measure to examine the areas of the brain that are functionally out of balance.

— Nelmar Health Centers, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

CETRI (Chicago Electrical Trauma Rehabilitation Institute) works to improve the treatment of electrical injury through research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Our scientists and clinicians have years of experience evaluating and treating electrical injuries. Through multidisciplinary research, clinical care, and educational outreach, our team works to develop diagnostic tools and methods for more effective therapies for electrical injury survivors.

— Chicago Electrical Trauma Rehabilitation Institute, Occupational Therapist in Chicago, IL

Navigating the world after acquiring a brain injury is no easy process. Everything about the way that you feel to the new life-style accommodations can flip your world upside down. I help my client's process their new challenges, and act as a teammate to create a new plan for success while adapting to their new needs.

— Jenna Hardy-Surina, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pomona, CA

TBIs don't discriminate. TBIs can change your identity to a point where you are barely recognizable from those you love. TBIs can create guilt and shame due to the challenges experienced in your life. Anger, irritability, sleep, and fatigue impact all areas of your life. Some facets of the TBI can be healed. For the parts that can't be healed, compensation strategies can be learned and implemented.

— Daniel Gospodarek, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I have worked with clients who have mild concussions, and those who have severe brain injuries. I help people adjust to the changes the TBI has caused, as well as help maximize cognitive abilities. I also work with the family to help them deal with the grief of experiencing their loved ones' loss, and learning to deal with rehabilitation and changes in that loved one.

— Cynthia Bailey, Psychologist