ABI
clinic
People rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps."― Francis Bacon

Welcome to the thinkfree. ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) clinic. 

 

Our clinic offers up-to-date, research-informed psychological services for children, teens and adults with ABI’s and the people that support them. 

 

We understand that collaboration is the key to success. We pride ourselves in effective communication and work with you and your supports, not in isolation from them. We aim for clinical excellence in all areas of psychology and are passionate about improving the lives of those we serve.

 

Whether you have an ABI, are a family member or a referring health professional – you can feel safe knowing we’re a team-player practice that understands how to support people with ABI’s create lives of purpose.  

 

 

  • Comprehensive mental health and neurobehavioural assessment
  • ABI psychological therapy services
  • ABI family therapy services
  • Parent/Partner training in ABI support
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plans
  • Cognitive Remediation Support Plans
  • Child sessions and support (e.g. living with a parent with ABI)
  • School support plans and reports (e.g. primary, high, HSC, university)
  • ABI coaching sessions (parents, partners, children, carers)
  • ABI consultation services (e.g. schools, organisations)
  • ABI Training & Education

 

Note: Services are provided in-person and online”

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Psychology services are designed to support those with ABI’s to:

  • Understand their ABI and the impacts on their life better
  • Help those with ABI and their families adjust to the ‘new normal.’
  • Navigate the grief journey following their injury
  • Reduce impairments associated with ABI-related emotional, behavioural or cognitive changes
  • Provide practical skills that are designed to make your life better
  • Improve mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma)
  • Have greater success at home, school, university or work
  • Develop a sense of purpose post-ABI
  • Reconnect to their community
  • Find meaning in this new chapter of you and your family’s life
  • Flourish in their lives despite the physical, emotional or cognitive challenges they face

We provide evidence-based, strengths-focused psychology services for people with ABI’s of all ages and those that support them (e.g. family members, carers, organisations). We understand ABI support is a journey and can help you to navigate each stage from hospital discharge to each following chapter of your life. 

 

We know that working with a person with an ABI never occurs in isolation. The research tells that using a collaborative approach is likely to lead to better outcomes (1). Our practice is well known for working effectively within a multi-disciplinary service system. We value our relationships with partner organisations.

 

We acknowledge that every ABI journey is unique and are fiercely client-centred. We rely heavily on those living with ABI’s (and their supports) to identify the goals they want to achieve and develop a clear plan to get there.

 

Our clinicians are highly professional yet down-to-earth practitioners passionate about working in this sector. We make sure you and your family’s voice are not lost in the service system and help to advocate for your support needs.

 

We understand and believe in the power of neuroplasticity and utilise the latest research to inform the way we work. While we try NOT to speak like walking textbooks, we utilise a range of evidence-based modalities, such as: 

 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Community Assisted Participation
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Emotion Coaching (Tuning into kids, teens, dads)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation/Remediation

1. To make the lives of those with ABI better (and of those that support them) 

2. Help people (big and small) move beyond limitations

3. To train every educator in the country in how to better support those with ABI’s

4. To increase understanding in the way ABI is understood in the community

5. Innovate and change the social systems to better support those with ABI’s

6. To provide services that help people with ABI flourish in their lives

Where do I start? 

To book an appointment, request more info, make a referral OR to make a time for one of our psychologists to call you for a free 15-minute chat you can: 

 

 Call us – 02 8581 2738

 

Contact us

 

Send an email to: info@thinkfree.com.au

 

 

References:

    1. Lannin, N., & Laver, K. (2013). Models of care for people with severe acquired brain injury: A systematic review..