Rehabilitation Psychology

The Psychology Department at Shepherd Center provides comprehensive neuropsychological and psychology services and is staffed by a variety of Mental Health Professionals, including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health and Pain Psychologists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors

These professionals work with many services at Shepherd Center, both inpatient and outpatient, including:

  • Inpatient units (Spinal Cord Injury, ICU Comprehensive Rehabilitation Units)
  • Day Program
  • Shepherd Center, Spine and Pain Institute, Outpatient clinics

As such, the Department Staff offers neurorehibilitation psychological services during each phase of the rehabilitation process, from inpatient to acute outpatient care. These interventions address emotional, cognitive, behavioral, family, caregiver, adjustment, and pain issues that can accompany the catastrophic injuries/illnesses treated here at the Shepherd Center.

Services and treatment offered:

  • Psychotherapy counseling to facilitate adjustment to injury, illness, and disability. Addressing adjustment issues early on, and at every phase leads improved outcomes providing key elements for successful reintegration into one's life.
  • Health and Behavior interventions to adders health and functional improvements.
  • Individual and Group psychotherapy.
  • Individual and Group family therapies.
  • Pyschoeducation and training for patients and families/caregivers.
  • Psychodiagnostic testing - psychological evaluations help to assess mood, personality, and psychological factors that can impact a person's functioning. These evaluations can assist with determining most appropriate treatments or interventions, diagnostics clarification, and provide recommendations for treatments and strategies used for coping with emotional and physical difficulties. 
  • Neuropsychological testing - neuropsychological evaluations assess changes in thinking abilities, such as memory, attention, language, processing speed, and problem-solving skills, associated with various neurological and medical conditions. These evaluations may be requested to determine an individual's current level of functioning, track change in cognitive abilities over time to determine response to medication/treatment or disease progression, assist with treatment planning, provide recommendations for treatments and strategies to help compensate for any changes in cognition and behavior, clarify diagnosis and prognosis, determine ability to return to school or work, or determine capacity to function independently.

The Neurorehabilitation Psychology staff use integrative models that work within Shepherd's deeply committed interdisciplinary teams, The philosophy of both the Department and Shepherd Center is that the neurorehabilitation psychology staff are active members of the rehabilitation team. This allows for more direct and immediate communication about patients rather than a consultation model used by many hospital and rehabilitation centers.