Areas of practice
- Brain Injury
- Grief and Loss - General
- Learning Disabilities
- Life Balance
- Stress Management
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness approaches
- Solution Focused Therapy
Counselling practice website:www.mindyourbrain.ca
Heike has been helping clients with brain injury for over a decade working in a variety of interdisciplinary brain injury programs. Throughout this time, she has specialized in cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) to allow her to also address any thinking/ memory difficulties that often underlie the emotional difficulties people experience following an acquired brain injury or any condition that can affect cognitive functioning (e.g. chemotherapy). Her approach to brain injury counselling draws mainly from the humanistic and behavioural approaches including Rogerian (i.e. Client-centered; Gestalt, Existential) and cognitive behavioural therapy while utilizing the principles of the biopsychosocial framework.
Therefore, depending on a client’s specific concerns, Heike is able to address not only the emotional difficulties that clients experience as consequence of a brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury/ concussion, brain infection, stroke, brain tumor, chemotherapy), but also the cognitive difficulties that often underlie the feelings of irritability, frustration and/ or depression, grief, anxiety, and loneliness/ social isolation.
She has received her MSc in Clinical Applications in Psychology from Leicester University, UK, and has also studied in PhD programs, which included cognitive neuroscience and rehabilitation sciences, both a the University of British Columbia.
Whatever impacts the brain’s functioning will have an impact on a person’s quality of life. I therefore serve people who are concerned about their thinking/ memory ability or who experience other challenges due to being impacted by:
- Concussion (i.e., concussion management)
- Brain tumor/ brain surgery
- Cognitive aging issues (e.g., as result of normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's Disease)
- Acquired brain injury (e.g., concussion, brain tumor/ brain surgery, stroke, anoxia, brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis)
to give hope to a client by providing education and information surrounding brain functioning as related to a person's challenges, emotional support, normalization, and reassurance in addition to solutions on how to move forward to support successful everyday functioning.
Client fee individuals:130,-/ session