We offer a range of Clinical Neuropsychology and related services. Our services include testing and contributing to diagnosis, and interventions to reduce distress and impairment associated with neurological conditions. We will work with and take referrals from individuals, teams, families and professionals. We offer supervision and training to other professionals.
Clinical Neuropsychologists work with issues like:
- cognitive impairment of unknown cause
- traumatic brain injury
- multiple sclerosis
- epilepsy and seizures
- adjustment to change
- emotional issues
- behavioural changes
- carer stress
Clinical Neuropsychologists help increase understanding of the causes and implications of cognitive change to help people manage, cope and make informed choices. They aim to ensure diagnosis facilitates greater understanding of someone’s difficulties. In a situation in which investigations are so important, it's vital that the individual and their loved ones remain central to the process. Clinical Neuropsychologists work to ensure that client’s' wishes, needs and questions are not lost.
Diagnosis and Clinical Neuropsychological Testing
Neuropsychologists understand that cognitive problems in areas like memory, problems solving, language, visual perception and/or attention, can be challenging, upsetting and bewildering. Cognitive problems can be consequences of neurological conditions like dementia or stroke but are also commonly caused by depressed or anxious moods, trauma, pain or fatigue. Therefore, it can be challenging to establish what exactly is underlying some of the person's difficulties. Yet it is often important to establish the cause, as this can affect subsequent treatment and understanding of the way in which a condition is likely to develop.
Clinical Neuropsychologists are skilled in the use of tests of cognitive abilities to establish patterns of strength and weakness that can often help determine a correct diagnosis, especially in conjunction with scan results (e.g. MRI, SPECT). Furthermore, Neuropsychologists are skilled in supporting individuals and families throughout this process and beyond.
Understanding and Management of Problems
Learning to live with cognitive difficulties is often not easy. Clinical Neuropsychologists understand that neurological conditions can bring considerable change to someone’s daily life and to loved ones. Major life events like illness, brain injury or change to oneself can really challenge identity and coping methods.
Neuropsychological testing of people’s abilities can facilitate understanding of their problems and how they might be best managed. Properly interpreted test results can inform strategies to help people cope in their daily lives.
Professional support around coping and what might be happening can make an enormous difference to people's quality of life. Sometimes individual therapy is warranted, or for their family members, for example to adjust or make sense of changes, or deal with emotional issues.
We take referrals from individuals, health and legal professionals and case managers. If you are in doubt as to whether Clinical Neuropsychology would be useful, please contact us with queries.
Neuropsychological services are offered by Dr Pete Walpole who you can find out more about via our meet the team page.