mechanism of injury
NEUROLOGICAL & COGNITIVE DEFICITS
BRAIN INJURY RECOVERY
Loss of Self
Acceptance & Resilience
Head Trauma & Brain Injury
Counseling & Rehabilitation
Types of Brain
Neurotrauma in the brain oftentimes goes beyond visible head injuries and diagnosed disease. Falls, car accidents, sports concussion, explosions, and losses of oxygen to the brain can result in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes that people struggle with on an everyday basis. These changes may not even be visible on brain imaging scans, but are often given the medical recommendation to heal on their own over time. Any experienced differences are not always permanent, yet they can still cause significant disruption, frustration, and loss of normality for the person experiencing them.
My work with clients recovering from brain injuries is centered around providing counseling and rehabilitation strategies to aide in the aftermath of various forms of neurotrauma. My goal is that you walk away from our first session feeling more informed about your brain injury and hopeful for the progress that can be made during your recovery. I specialize in working with each individual to help them where their injury-related changes are most inhibitive or pronounced. No two of my client's injuries or treatment plans are the quite the same, but my underlying belief is that people can redefine and reclaim an effective self.
Changes in executive functions
Changes in motor control
Limited stress tolerance
Any one symptom of a brain injury can wreak havoc on someone's life, let alone a whole constellation of symptoms. The good news is that the brain can be adaptable, malleable, and responsive to therapeutic interventions like counseling and cognitive rehabilitation exercises. We attribute this to the brain's capacity for neuroplasticity and cortical remapping. This means that even after the event of neurotrauma, injured parts of the brain can "rewire" to regain function.
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Jennifer is a licensed professional counselor and brain injury specialist (CBIS) based in Austin, Texas. Her educational background in health psychology and exercise science create a unique approach to a wide variety of support and therapy techniques.
Jennifer holds a Masters in counseling from St. Edwards University and an undergraduate degree in psychology and kinesiology from Southwestern University. While completing her bachelor’s degree, Jennifer interned at The University of Texas Sport Psychology Research Lab where her areas of research included physical activity and academic performance as well as stress and health behaviors. As a graduate student she completed her internship rotations as a counseling therapist at Austin State Hospital's Specialty Psychiatric unit with dual diagnosis patients of all ages. Following graduation Jennifer worked as a neurotherapist in a private practice setting in Westlake with clients and athletes recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Jennifer currently serves on the board of the Brain Injury Association of Austin as well as the Advocacy & Policy Committee for the National Neurotrauma Society.
Texas Neurotrauma Counseling emphasizes Jennifer's comprehensive approach to providing the education, support, and rehabilitation tools needed to foster the brain injury recovery process.