Our Services

Designed for your needs

Linda Atterton

BrainCurve's service is based on the belief that our clients' needs are of the utmost importance.

We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. BrainCurve promises you expertise, commitment, and flexibility, underpinned by a sensitive and thorough understanding of the needs of those affected by brain injury.

Linda Atterton has a long experience of working in interdisciplinary team settings in Norwich and often works together with occupational therapists, case managers, and local solicitors in providing services.

Services Offered

Assessment Services

BrainCurve offers the following types of assessment:
  • Medico-legal assessments and reports

    Linda Atterton has acted as an expert witness and received Instructions for medico-legal reports for a number of years, has acted as an Expert Witness in Court and pre-trial meetings, and has been instructed by a number of government agencies, such as CICA. She enjoys the complexity and attention to detail medico-legal work entails and will quickly put your client at ease. She is able to see clients within two to four weeks dependent upon their location and will usually be able to accommodate the need for a more urgent appointment after a preliminary discussion with you. Other information about Linda Atterton's medico-legal work may be found online in her entry in the Directory of Expert Witnesses of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Assessment of psychological functioning

    Brain injury can alter psychological functioning in many ways and for complex reasons, which need to be understood before therapy can be effective. Linda Atterton will work with a client and provide a full picture of how and why psychological functioning has changed, and how this impacts upon the person's life. Identifying psychological changes can be crucial in medico-legal work as research shows enduring significant psychological changes may impact hugely upon the person's ability to sustain employment, particularly changes such as anger control and social behaviour. Therapy can then be focused on the areas agreed to enable someone to move forward. A cognitive-behavioural therapy approach is typically used or life-coaching may be recommended.

  • Assessment of mental capacity

    This kind of assessment may be requested as part of a complete neuropsychological assessment or just to determine whether a client has the capacity to act on their own behalf in various situations, such as writing a will or managing their own finances. Linda Atterton has particular expertise in this area. This is often a vital part of a medico-legal assessment.

Neuro Rehabilitation and Therapy

In order for us to build a strong foundation for your therapy, we will provide you with an agreed number of assessment sessions first, to enable us to build a full picture of what your needs are and how you view your journey forward after brain injury. We will then plan your therapy with you, which may include any of the components below. People often find that a brain injury has a huge effect upon their family and we believe therefore in involving family members in the process and seeking their views. All of this enables us to understand how the brain injury has affected your life and what areas we need to target to support you in your recovery and adjustment. At least one assessment session will be offered at home if appropriate, either to make the client more relaxed or to enable us to gain a full understanding of your difficulties in your world, not just in the clinic. Reviews throughout therapy may also take place at home, especially when setting new goals or involving family members.

  • Cognitive Rehabilitation e.g. memory rehabilitation
  • Education and information about brain injury and its effects.This increases awareness and insight and works as an aid to planning therapy
  • Focus on adjustment and changes in your life
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to address difficulties such as low mood or anxiety. Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to teach the client how to manage their own psychological problems as part of the therapy
  • Goal setting
  • Vocational rehabilitation - returning to work after a brain injury is much more successful with support and expertise. We can communicate and meet with your employer and discuss how your needs may have changed, and how you can best make a successful return to work, discussing any adjustments which we advise and how these can be implemented in the workplace. We can support you throughout your return by regular therapy sessions and agree regular review meetings and other contact with employers to make return to work less stressful.
 
BrainCurve Psychology
Drayton Old Lodge
146 Drayton High Road
Drayton
Norwich
NR8 6AN
tel. 01603 861644
info@braincurve.co.uk
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