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Counseling and Brain Injury

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So, you have a brain injury, and your life has changed. Do you need psychotherapy and counseling? This is not an uncommon question and is also a great thing to ask yourself. In some cases, you may already know the answer. If you don’t, that’s okay. Change can be scary, and brain injury can result in a life changing scenario; and it is okay to need help to manage these changes.   Unfo...
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Brain Injury Awareness Month March was all about Brain Injury, and more importantly, how we are more than just our brain injury. Using person-first language is a key approach at BIFSTL and how we treat our clients. “People First Language” (PFL) puts the person before the disability, and describes what a person has, not who a person is. PFL uses phrases such as “person with a brain injury,” “i...
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Brain Injury 101: How education leads to empowerment

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What does empowerment mean to you? What does it look like? According to the Oxford dictionary, “empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights.” This is such a significant process to recovery and allowing a person to fully embrace who they are. At BIFSTL it is not only important to us to help our clients ac...
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How did I get here from there?

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Since the 1990s, I have worked and trained in a multitude of mental health settings, including assisted living facilities, therapeutic day schools, correctional programs, outpatient clinics, and inpatient psychiatric units. My PsyD degree program in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago afforded me the opportunity to hone my craft, studying and utilizing many different types of psycho...
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