Cognitive disorders can affect cognitive abilities including learning, memory, perception, and problem solving. It can impact a person’s ability to function independently as they have in the past creating concerns for safety. Relationships with family and friends are also impacted by the disease which continues to change over time.
- Lewy Body
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Executive Functioning Impairment
- Frontotemporal Dementia
Cognitive rehabilitation is a type of therapy designed specifically for those with memory disorders, cognitive impairment, and/or brain-injury. Therapy assists to improve, compensate for or to maintain cognitive abilities. It entails an individualized program of specific skills training and practice plus metacognitive and compensatory strategies.
Cognitive rehabilitation is provided by one of our highly trained Licensed Speech and Language Pathologists. We begin with a full evaluation to determine your specific needs and deficits and develop a customized plan just for you.
Memory Disorder Counseling
Navigating memory disorder can be very challenging not only for those who have been diagnosed but also for caregivers, other family members and friends. Phone and online counseling available.
Individual counseling helps you to manage the challenges associated with the disorder and provide a safe place to express emotions, process thoughts and feelings, learn coping skills, mange fear and loss of independence issues, develop strategies, and learn how to continue to be as independent as you can be and adjust to your “new normal”. During the first session you will begin to see the world more clearly, feel more empowered and begin to see your path to the future.
Couples/marital counseling focuses on the specific challenges faced by couples when one or both develop a cognitive disorder. We help you to take on new roles, manage loss of independence, learn how to respond to emotional outbursts and develop a plan for care
Caregiving can be both mentally and physically challenging and without proper support, caregiving can take its toll on a person’s physical and mental health. We know that caregiving causes people to go through emotional cycles of guilt, sadness, anger, embarrassment, resentment and fear. Counseling is a necessity for all caregivers to minimize the risk of caregiver burnout.
Counseling for Caregivers will provide emotional support and guidance with the assistance of a highly skilled therapist who is experienced in working with these challenges. Studies show that those who receive regular emotional support are better equipped to prevent burnout, handle challenging care decisions and manage
their own needs.
Resource planning is an important part of the process as the needs of the person who is cognitively impaired increase. We can help you understand the process, learn about and connect you to local resources, as well as, help you work through all of the moving parts.
''When I first spoke to Alyse on the phone I was in crisis, I didn’t know where to turn for help. I was in a toxic relationship which was not only affecting me, but my children as well. Alyse and her team of therapists worked with us as a family unit and individually as well, and am happy to say that we are all thriving. Alyse helped me to gain insight into how my challenges impacted not only me, but my children as well. Her team, in working with us individually and as a family, utilized different types of therapy to help us grow, develop healthier coping skills and take healthier steps in developing more functional behavior changes and manage life better.''
''I can’t say enough about Alyse and her team. When I first contacted Different Like Me, I felt STUCK and didn’t know how to move forward in my life. I knew that I needed to make changes but couldn’t get out of my own way. I was feeling disorganized and not knowing where to start. Alyse and her team helped me to understand where my challenges were stemming from and what was holding me back. I realized it was me and not “bad luck”, I was sabotaging my own success. I am happy to say that because of Alyse and her team, I have left my job and am now very successful in my new business. I am no longer afraid of life and my potential. Thank you Alyse!''
''In relationship after relationship I always thought that it was someone else that was causing me pain and distress. In working with Alyse and her team, I came to identify my role in the challenges I was facing and the decisions I was making. Alyse helped me to learn how to take responsibility for my life and my decisions, gain Insight and for the first time in my life, feel that I was in control.''
''When my husband was diagnosed with dementia, I felt like my life was falling apart. All of our plans and dreams for a happy retirement had changed. I was feeling angry and disappointed all of the time which then led to me feeling guilty. When my husband forgot something, I would try to make him remember which only led to both of us feeling frustrated. Alyse and her team helped me to understand that my feelings were normal and taught me about the disease process from a relationship standpoint. She understood the loss I was experiencing on a daily basis. She helped me to work through my denial and learn new ways of responding to my husband which did not create frustration or anger but rather love and acceptance. I never thought I could actually feel happy again but I do. She also provided me with appropriate community resources I could utilize as my husband’s disease progressed.''