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1st Edition

Psychological Therapies in Acquired Brain Injury

ISBN 9781138581265
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

The psychological impact of an acquired brain injury (ABI) can be devastating for both the person involved and their family. This book describes the different types of psychological therapies used to ameliorate psychological distress following ABI.

Each chapter presents a new therapeutic approach by experts in the area. Readers will learn about the key principles and techniques of the therapy alongside its application to a specific case following ABI. In addition, readers will gain insight into which approach may be most beneficial to whom as well as those where there may be additional challenges. Covering a wide array of psychological therapies, samples range from more historically traditional approaches to those more recently developed.

Psychological Therapies in Acquired Brain Injury will be of great interest to clinicians and researchers working in brain injury rehabilitation, as well as practitioners, researchers and students of psychology, neuropsychology and rehabilitation.

Table of Contents

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Editors' foreword

Giles N. Yeates & Fiona Ashworth


  1. Application of the cognitive behavioural approach to enhancing emotional outcomes following acquired brain injury (ABI).
  2. Fergus Gracey, Peter Smits, Pieter du Toit, Jessica Fish and Kate Psaila

  3. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) after brain injury
  4. David Todd & Mike Smith

  5. Mindfulness in neurological conditions
  6. Niels Detert

  7. Working with people with acquired neurological conditions and their families: personal construct

    Cathy Sparkes
  8. Compassion focused therapy for neurological conditions
  9. Fiona Ashworth and Clara Murray

  10. Positive psychotherapy for neurological conditions
  11. Jonathan J. Evans and Breda Cullen

  12. Attachment-based psychotherapies for people with aquired brain injury
  13. Giles N. Yeates and Christian E. Salas

  14. Putting conversations centre stage: systemic working in acquired brain injury contexts
  15. Gavin Newby, Siobhan Palmer, Ndidi Boakye, Jo Johnson and Richard Maddicks

  16. Mind-body interventions in neurorehabilitation
  17. Giles N. Yeates

  18. Integrative psychotherapy for holistic neurorehabilitation

          Pamela Klonoff & Erin Piper


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Giles N. Yeates is Editor of the journal and book series Neuro-Disability & Psychotherapy, in addition to the Brain Injury book series (Routledge Books). As a clinical neuropsychologist in community neurorehabilitation, his clinical work and research focuses on the innovation of psychological therapies and support of relationships following acquired brain injury, and he has published widely on these topics. Dr Yeates is currently innovating the use of Tai Ji in neurorehabilitation.

Fiona Ashworth is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer who has worked with people with acquired brain injuries for over 20 years. She trained as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University and went on to work at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation where her passion for working psychotherapeutically with people with acquired brain injuries began. She continues her clinical work alongside researching psychological distress and its amelioration following acquired brain injury.


'Disorders of mood and personality are common after brain injury, and addressing these problems should be an integral part of neuropsychological rehabilitation. This edited volume provides descriptions and explanations of the current psychological therapies employed in good rehabilitation practice for survivors of acquired brain injury. Readers are provided with accounts of cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, positive psychology, attachment-based psychotherapies and integrative psychotherapy for holistic rehabilitation. The contributors are experts in their field, and any practitioner working in brain injury rehabilitation will recognise that this book is essential reading.' Barbara A. Wilson, The Oliver Zangwill Centre, Ely, UK

'Despite dramatic advances in neuroscience over the past few decades, there is still no "cure" or effective biological treatment for many of the long-term neuropsychological consequences a lot of our patients face after an acquired brain injury. Covering a wide range of therapy models and techniques, Psychological Therapies in Acquired Brain Injury makes an important contribution to the field of long-term psychological care of patients who have suffered neurological injury or illness. Technically sound whilst simultaneously also hands-on and practical, this is an essential book for anyone interested in the application of psychotherapeutic approaches to caring for patients with acquired brain injury and their families.'  Rudi Coetzer, DClinPsy, Consultant Neuropsychologist & Head of Service, North Wales Brain Injury Service, UK