Why is “Behavior Therapy” or “Psychotherapy” part of Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation?


A frequent question you may have when you begin rehabilitation treatment is why you’ve been assigned to see an individual psychotherapist.

Psychotherapy typically occurs between a participant and a licensed therapist.  A simple way to describe it could be a private conversation about what is important and meaningful to you and about your goals for yourself.

Psychotherapy helps because your journey is a unique journey.  You are living with a very personal combination of the type of injury you have, your other health issues, and your life circumstances.  Trying to figure it all out can be an overwhelming task.  Your individual psychotherapist is there to listen, give you feedback, and provide education about where you are right now in the rehab process.  When you are with your therapist you can speak openly about everything you are going through.

Depression and Anxiety are common adjustment reactions.  When you’ve had a traumatic brain injury, feelings may come out in obvious or subtle ways.  The fact is, making progress with your rehab depends on your being focused and motivated.  Depression and anxiety in their many forms can interfere or disrupt that progress.  Therapy can help you sort out your feelings and find healthy coping strategies while you are rehabbing.

What about your future?  One of the scariest parts of having a traumatic brain injury is what will happen in the future AFTER rehab.  Therapy can be very helpful as a place to discuss what your future could look like, and what steps you need to take to get there.  Together, you and your therapist can develop a plan for your future that includes meaningful activities, positive relationships and genuine quality of life for you.

Success Rehabilitation Inc recommends weekly psychotherapy so that participants can gain the most benefit. Licensed therapists at Success are skilled at talking to people who have had brain injuries.  They work together with the larger rehab team (Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Case managers, Cognitive Rehabilitation therapists) to help each individual manage and cope with this life-altering event.


Karen Rosenberger, PsyD

Director of NeuroRehabilitative Services

Success Rehabilitation, Inc.