Ageing & Brain Therapy and Care to improve your Quality of Life

Mind your Brain sunrise - Support for Acquired Brain Injury, and Cognitive Aging

Why Brain Therapy and Care is important

Ageing & Brain therapy and care are often needed when life has been compromised by issues affecting the brain. Conditions that impact brain functioning likely impact your memory and/ or thinking ability (i.e., cognition). Such conditions include:

  • brain injury (e.g., concussion, anoxia, chemotherapy, brain tumour, brain surgery, meningitis, encephalitis)
  • Injury/ Disease (e.g., long Covid)
  • ageing (e.g., dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, depression, major surgery)

The consequence can be a host of everyday life problems that most likely impact your mental health, thereby decreasing your quality of life. Naturally, having experienced an injury or ageing issues will have an impact on your emotional well-being.

Brain Injury Therapy and Quality of Life 

Of course, there are many reasons why a person’s quality of life may be compromised. But health conditions such as brain injury or a medical diagnosis can impact a person’s quality of life by decreasing the person’s level of functionality and independence.  Oftentimes mental health issues will arise as a result of a brain injury such as anxiety, stress, depression, frustration, or irritability.

To improve the quality of life following brain injury or a medical diagnosis and provide therapy and care, the roots of these mental health issues must be considered and treated.

For example, dealing with the complex cognitive demands of everyday life (e.g. getting oriented in an unfamiliar environment; finding products in a busy grocery store; remembering appointments) can lead to frustration, irritation, increased stress, and with it, anxiety, depression, and/ or sudden mood swings, and social isolation. These mental and emotional issues often are by-products of the cognitive issues experienced following a brain insult or memory issues associated with dementia.  More importantly, these issues are more difficult to deal with when the person and family often don’t know how to address the cognitive issues successfully and cope with the emotional consequences.

Heike’s Approach to Brain Therapy and Ageing Care

To provide ageing & brain therapy and care to improve your quality of life, Heike Dumke (Ph.D. cand, RCC) utilizes a biopsychosocial approach to tailor treatment to an individual client’s needs (client-centred approach).  She provides solution-oriented therapy and non-judgmental support. In Heike’s safe and compassionate environment, clients can learn about the connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours as well as about cognitive functioning and its importance to daily life.  Importantly, Dr. Dumke is specialized in cognitive rehabilitation to support clients if their cognitive functioning (e.g., memory difficulties, difficulties with organizing and planning, or decision making) has been compromised due to ageing or brain injury.  Heike’s goal is to support and guide clients on their journey to regain their footing in life to improve their emotional wellbeing and quality of life. 

Services for

Concussion, Acquired Brain Injury, Caregiving, Stroke, Dementia, and Ageing

Therapy and Care for Emotional and Cognitive Wellness

Services for Brain Injury

Services for Concussion

Services for Ageing and Dementia

Caregiver Counselling

Summary
Therapy and Care for people dealing with Acquired Brain Injury, Concussion, Stroke, Aging, or Caregiver challenges
Service Type
Therapy and Care for people dealing with Acquired Brain Injury, Concussion, Stroke, Aging, or Caregiver challenges
Provider Name
Mind your Brain,
Suite 915 - 1125 Howe Street,BC-V6Z 2K8,
Telephone No.16048027291
Area
British Columbia
Description
As a therapist, Heike provides care for people who experience challenges with memory, concentration, or because of feeling foggy, and the resulting emotional difficulties (e.g. worries). All of these difficulties can appear slowly as we get older, or more suddenly due to acquired brain injury such as concussion, stroke, brain infection, or brain surgery. In short, Heike serves the aging population as well as clinical populations. Heike's approach results from her unique combination of diverse education (see "About Me") that has allowed her to integrate the medical and the psychological model into her biopsychosocial approach and knowledge base. She utilizes counselling as a vehicle to provide relevant information to clients to find clarity for their questions. Her fundamental assumptions include a framework of functionality, positive psychology, and that people are doing the best they can under the circumstances they find themselves in. Heike's approach is also geared toward improving your emotional well-being and quality of life by providing hope through education to address thinking and emotional challenges while addressing a person's feelings of anxiety or depression, and providing Stress Management as needed. Together, we can figure out what underlies those challenges that you experience, how they impact your daily life, what can be done to make positive changes, and thereby pave the way to a more hopeful future and improved quality of life.