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 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

Brain injury can turn every aspect of your life upside down. It can be immensely isolating and it is profoundly misunderstood by family, friends, the public, and even many medical professionals. It's been my sacred privilege to walk beside survivors of traumatic brain injury for the past 10 years in the medical field, and now as a counselor. You don't have to do this alone. I invite you to talk with someone who understands brain injury.

— Cresaya E. Kingsbury @ Wild Foxgloves Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bainbridge Island, WA

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 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 help clients better understand and manage their TBI.

— Stephanie Chassman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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. We are understand these challenges well and 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.

— Next Steps Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

For those grappling with the aftermath of traumatic brain injuries, compassion becomes a guiding light on the path to recovery. The patience and warmth extended by caregivers, friends, and healthcare professionals can alleviate the frustration and confusion that often accompany cognitive impairments, encouraging survivors to persevere with newfound resilience.

— Jose "Joseph" Lopez, Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

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 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