More than 3.5 million people in the U.S. alone will sustain a brain injury this year. This poses a very real challenge for therapists in communities everywhere.
How can we help patients who are struggling with the physical, cognitive and emotional effects of a brain injury, which are often difficult for others to see and understand?
What about the spouses and partners of brain-injured patients? How can we help them deal with the grief, confusion and loneliness they may experience – and the profound impact that a brain injury can have on relationships?
These are some of the crucial questions I have explored over the past 35 years as I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals and couples recovering from brain injuries.
Early training in speech pathology gave me a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the brain’s functioning. Later, as clinical director for brain injury centers in California and Utah, I witnessed the devastating effects on patients who had been hurt in car accidents, falls, sports and leisure activities – as well as milder incidents where no one even suspected that a brain injury had occurred.
My experiences with these patients and their loved ones led me to develop a special focus in my private therapy practice, where I have spent more than two decades helping people rebuild their lives in the wake of brain injuries.
I now serve as a resource for therapists who want to provide the best possible care for their own patients. As an educator and therapeutic partner, here is a sampling of what I can help you learn.
- The complex, often hidden ways that brain injuries may affect your patients
- The two distinct categories of brain injuries – and why so many go undetected
- The simple analogy that helps you explain what’s happening to patients and their partners
- The key words and phrases that may point to an undiagnosed brain injury
- The unique grieving process that patients and spouses undergo and the surprising truth about how long it lasts
- The 14 factors that shape each patient’s recovery process
- How brain injuries can tear couples apart — and the best ways to help partners rebuild communication, mutual support, sexual intimacy and more
SERVICES FOR YOU AND YOUR PATIENTS
- PROFESSIONAL WEBINARS
Gain a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies in one convenient online session
- GROUP WORKSHOPS
Learn and share insights with a small group of colleagues, with opportunities to discuss specific cases and needs
- INDIVIDUAL AND COUPLES SESSIONS VIA SKYPE
Invite me to a live meeting with patients and their partners to explore solutions together
HOW CAN I SUPPORT YOU?
“Lori compassionately shared her knowledge with the group, helping us recognize the effects of brain injury on relationships and develop strategies for dealing with difficult issues in treatment. I am grateful to have found such a knowledgeable, caring expert that I can consult with whenever I am working with patients suffering from brain injuries.”
Lori J. Collins, MS, MFT
Redwood City, California
“As an individual living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury and a clinician who has worked with brain-injured patients for over 25 years, I can attest to the depth of knowledge and skill Lori brings to the table. Because brain injury is such a widespread and under-diagnosed problem, every therapist needs to know what Lori is teaching.”
Nic Beets, Clinical Psychologist
Auckland, New Zealand
I would love to hear from you!
FREE PATIENT DOWNLOAD:
10 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Brain-Injured Spouse or Partner
Help spouses and partners who seek to minimize struggles and communicate with greater compassion. An illuminating tool for couples working to overcome the effects of brain injury together.