Clinical Neuropsychology is a branch of clinical psychology specialising in brain-behaviour relationships, neuropsychological dysfunction and acquired brain injury rehabilitation. Our team work to understand the impact of the neurological condition and ways to help manage cognitive difficulties, behavioural changes and psychological distress, to enable greater independence and improve quality of life and acceptance.
The principal roles of the Clinical Neuropsychologists are to provide:
- detailed assessments of clients’ functioning, in particular their cognitive, behavioural and emotional states
- cognitive rehabilitation of memory, attention, planning etc. in neurological conditions
- evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of psychological difficulties
- advice, consultation and supervision to other professionals regarding cognitive rehabilitation and clients’ emotional/psychological adjustment
- assessments of family adjustment and to offer information, advice and support to carers and/or family members where appropriate
- teaching and training of other professional staff on the interdisciplinary team
Dr Ben Papps is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Full Practitioner Member of the British Psychological Society's Division ofNeuropsychology. He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
He completed a research PhD in Neuropsychology in 2000 working at the then MRC Brain Metabolism Unit in Edinburgh and at. St Andrews before his doctorate training in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He has 18 years’ post-qualification experience of working as a specialist clinical neuropsychologist in the field of Acquired Brain Injury and has worked with a wide range of conditions (including mild to profound brain injury, Motor Neuron Disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease).
He leads the Psychology services at Hobbs Rehabilitation. He is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist in the NHS and is the Head of Clinical Health Psychology at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Philippa Beckwith
Dr Philippa Beckwith is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Beckwith has worked in the NHS and private health settings since 2009 and has experience of working in specialist neurological rehabilitation with both inpatients and outpatients with a range of conditions including Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Encephalitis, Epilepsy and tumour. Dr Beckwith works therapeutically using a range of models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and systemic approaches. Her clinical and research interests include acceptance, adjustment, resilience and personal growth in the context of neurological conditions. She works part-time at Hobbs Rehabilitation based at Winchester and at Bramshott Grange inpatient rehabilitation unit and also teaches on the Doctoral Programme for Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton.
Dr Sabah Khan
Dr Sabah Khan is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and an Associate Fellow and Chartered member with the British Psychological Society. She is also a qualified Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and an Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. She has some 15 years experience of working in the NHS, predominantly in neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation settings, including acute and post-acute services, at Queen Square. She combines her experience in both neuropsychology and couple psychotherapy to understand the impact of neurological conditions on couple relationships. Her core approach is psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which involves working with the root problem of underlying issues, and is also trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and systemic family therapy, which, depending on the presenting issues, can be helpful to alleviate overlying symptoms and help cope with change.
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Dr Liz Griffett
Dr Liz Griffett is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She trained and worked in the USA for several years, working primarily with acquired and traumatic brain and mood and adjustment issues related to those injuries, with a specialism in mild traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrome. Dr Griffett has over 10 years of practice working in the field of neuropsychology conducting neuropsychological assessments, providing psychotherapy, and specialist neurological rehabilitation. She has worked in inpatients and outpatients, acute, post-acute and chronic settings, and with a range of conditions including stroke, encephalitis, tumours, and traumatic brain injuries. Her clinical and research interests include the effects mild traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrome. Therapeutically, Dr Griffett uses a range of approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, and Integrative Therapy. She works full time at Hobbs Rehabilitation and is based at Winchester, Shepton Mallet and at Harvey Road in Bournemouth.
Dr Rachel Tams
Dr Rachel Tams is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist who specialises in working with individuals and families affected by neurological injury and long-term neurological conditions. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Full Practioner member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Division of Neuropsychology, and a member of the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Dr Tams qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1998. Since 2001 she has worked exclusively within the field of neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation, undertaking further training in this area and developing her expertise in delivering specialist assessment / therapeutic interventions to those living with a range of neurological conditions (including Acquired Brain Injury, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Encephalitis and Parkinson's Disease). Therapeutically she draws on a number of evidence-based psychological approaches including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), behavioural and systemic therapy. Dr Tams works part-time for Hobbs Rehabilitation, providing a Neuropsychology service at Oaksey House, Lambourn. She also continues to work part-time within the NHS as a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Oxford Centre for Enablement (part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).
Adjusting to a neurological condition can put strain on your relationship. There may be changes in roles, identity, and sex/intimacy that can lead to a disconnection – the partner with the condition can feel a lack of independence, shame, and reduced levels of personal control and gradually withdraw, while the other may feel as if they have become a carer, and can experience stress and burnout.
You might have had differences earlier in your relationship history that might be exacerbated as a consequence of the neurological condition and contribute towards further distress, low mood, anxiety and anger. Alternatively, you may be preparing for the next transition in your life as a couple and need space to plan and manage this period. This specialist neuropsychology couple service is for you and your partner to be seen together to begin to work in any one of these ways.
What are the aims of being seen together?
Provide support and containment in helping you to make optimal adjustment
Improve communication and connection between you both
Maximise the potential for engagement and activity
Develop your shared sense of couple identity and resilience
This service involves carefully thinking about the changes, for both partners, understanding the impact of living with a neurological illness on intimacy, developing communication, establishing how you would both like your relationship to be, particularly by helping you to strengthen your relationship’s capacity to get through difficult times. We draw on specialist neuropsychology expertise to help you make sense of the cognitive, emotional and behavioural/personality changes. In creating space for you both, we specifically enable couples to develop understanding, communication and closeness.
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