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Psychotherapy and Aphasia

Interventions for Emotional Wellbeing and Relationships, 1st Edition

Edited by Kate H. Meredith, Giles Yeates


200 pages

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Psychotherapy and Aphasia: Interventions for Emotional Wellbeing and Relationships is an exciting international collaboration between clinical neuropsychologists, speech and language therapists, and family therapists that details a range of innovative psychotherapeutic interventions to enable people with communication disorders and their families to access meaningful support.

People with aphasia and other acquired communication disorders can face significant challenges accessing emotional support. Many traditional forms of psychotherapy are based around spoken language, rendering it inaccessible for many people with communication disorders. But the book details a range of techniques that move away from reliance on spoken language, including total communication strategies, the use of meaningful objects, experiential process, group experience and mind-body practices.

Featuring clinical examples which cover a range of stroke and neurology service contexts, the book includes contributions from a range of therapeutic models; from speech and language therapy and family therapy to clinical neuropsychology, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, narrative and mind-body traditions. It therefore provides clinicians with a wide-range of practical and theoretical tools to explore when supporting survivors who experience psychological distress during rehabilitation. It is the only book aimed at both speech and language therapists and psychotherapists, and will open up new pathways to support.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction

Kate Meredith & Giles N Yeates

1. Time to step up: A call for the speech pathology profession to utilise stepped psychological care for people with aphasia post stroke.

Brooke Ryan, Linda Worrall, Jasvinder Sekhon, Caroline Baker, Marcella Carragher, Jaycie Bohan, Emma Power, Miranda Rose, Nina Simmons-Mackie, Leanne Togher, Ian Kneebone

2. Neuropsychoanalytic formulation and micro-psychodynamic intervention in sub-cortical semantic aphasia.

Aonghus Ryan

3. A Personal Construct Psychology Approach to Aphasia:

Cathy Sparkes

4. Supporting Families with Aphasia to Explore Relationships

Kate Meredith, Speech and Language Therapist and Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

5. A preliminary study of "Laboratorio di Conversazione Narrativa": group psychotherapy assisting communication for aphasic people

Stefano Monte, Maristella Crielesi, Mariateresa Matera, Kate Meredith, Rossella Muò.

6. Structured narrative therapy for children with acquired brain injury and severe communication difficulties.

Alison Perkins

7. Mindfulness Interventions for People with Aphasia – Case Evidence from Individual and Group Therapy Formats.

Maristella Crielesi, Lauren Roche, Giulia Monopoli, Giles N Yeates, Stefano Monte

8. The Potential Contribution of Mind-Body Interventions within Psychological Support following Aphasia: A conceptual review and case study.

Giles N Yeates

About the Editors

Kate H. Meredith worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in acquired brain injury and neurology services for 15 years, retraining as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist to support families with the relational impact of communication disorders. Kate currently works in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and independently in Cardiff.

Dr Giles Yeates is Editor of the Journal and book series Neuro-Disability & Psychotherapy, in addition to the Brain Injury book series (Routledge). As a clinical neuropsychologist in community neuro-rehabilitation, his clinical work and research focuses on the innovation of psychological therapies and support of relationships following acquired brain injury. Dr Yeates is currently innovating the use of Tai Ji in neuro-rehabilitation.

About the Series

The Neuro-Disability and Psychotherapy Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health