Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) are injuries caused to the brain since birth, with many possible causes including head trauma from road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and accidents at home or work, in addition to concussion, tumour, stroke, haemorrhage, encephalitis, to name a few.

There will be huge variation in how an ABI can impact your life, depending on where and how the brain has been affected, time access to help and support, and the presence of additional injuries, and individual factors such as age, and pre-existing physical health.

Adjusting to life with a long-term health condition of any type is a challenging process (process being the key word). Changes to physical function, lifestyle, and identity, can have a significant impact on your wellbeing and quality of life.

In addition to the physical challenges of rehabilitation following ABI, it is common to experience cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes. These can be difficult to navigate, and may exacerbate unhelpful cycles of coping.

For example, you may find that you struggle with attention and memory, or have difficulty planning and executing tasks. You may struggle to regulate emotions, which may feel much more intense and reactive following the injury, resulting in strong feelings of anxiety, and/or low mood. This can also lead to frustrated outbursts or withdrawal.

There is good evidence to show that the ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ (ACT) approach can be helpful to clients with ABIs. I work to help you move towards what matters to you in life and regain a sense of purpose and fulfilment in your ‘new normal’, even when difficult thoughts and feelings show up in the process.