Things have changed.
That’s one thing you know for sure when you’ve suffered a brain injury.
No one understands… even you.
Just when you think you have the full picture of how it’s affected you, something else pops up, and you realize there’s even more to the story.
Going down the rabbit hole…
It could be difficulty remembering words, names, or places.
You might have changes in your smell, vision, or hearing.
It’s common to have altered focus, balance, speech, or sleep.
Your energy is “off.” You have trouble focusing. By 2 PM, you can’t concentrate. You need breaks… naps.
To make things even MORE complicated…
No two people with a brain injury are alike.
Some brain injury survivors may be extremely sensitive to light (especially fluorescents).
Others may have difficulty recalling words (aphasia).
Or you might struggle with migraines, double vision, or overwhelming emotional responses.
And if THAT isn’t enough…
There’s everything it does to the relationships you value so much.
Family and friends may openly say, “You’ve changed.” It doesn’t feel like a compliment.
Apparently, you no longer have a “filter.” No Filter? You used to be able to hold back from expressing irritation; you didn’t burst into tears for no clear reason; and you could track conversations with a sense of purpose.
You can’t stop yourself from openly expressing your thoughts and emotions. It strains your relationships when you say things you regret – when you cycle in and out of depression, expressing sadness, anger, fear, guilt, misunderstanding, and disconnection along the way.
Others might not understand…
But I do.
I’m a brain injury survivor. As a pedestrian, I was hit by a car going 35 miles per hour.
I’m grateful to be alive, and I became a therapist to help others – especially brain injury survivors.
Despite the changes in your life, you are alive!
And you’ve come to the right place for help.
Helping you move forward…
We’ll start by recognizing all the strengths you bring to therapy. You’re a fighter and a survivor, and we’ll use all the inner resources you’ve relied on to keep you on the path toward healing.
Therapy is where you can open up about your brain injury experience. We’ll reflect on how the injury has changed your perspective and reframed your values.
We’ll thoroughly examine who you are now and who you want to be and discuss specific steps you’ll need to take to recover.
Together, we’ll look at your symptoms and use techniques like grounding, yoga, or other exercises to improve your organization, focus, and insomnia.
Finally, I’ll share various tools and resources to get you needed social support, medical care, and help with your relationships.
Ready to get started?
Working with brain injury survivors is my passion. I created the Think B.I.G. (Brain Injury Group), am a Brain Injury Connections NorthWest (BIC NW) board member, provide community provider training and presentations, and collaborate with the Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT).
I know brain injuries change everything.
Let’s connect. Call today and let’s set up your complimentary consultation: (503) 498-6879.