You have accessed the home page for Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Services. We are a multidisciplinary practice that offers a wide array of neuropsychological (NRS), traditional psychological services (LifeSpan) and legal services. From here you are able to access information about our services, as well as information regarding both our staff and office locations.
It is our goal to offer comprehensive, quality care from the time of consultation all the way through treatment. With a particular emphasis on health psychology we employ the use
of clinical skills adapted to those with medical conditions. Previously, physical health was separated from mental health and treated in different settings. We now realize the importance of emotional, cognitive and behavioral factors contributing to and a consequence of health, illness, or injury. We recognize the uncertainty and confusion that accompanies both traditional health and mental health issues and we hope to provide as much clarity as we can. The best way to get the answers to specific questions that are unique to your particular situation is to directly contact us.
Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Services
Out-Patient Program for the Brain Injured Patient
We can help. NRS provides answers and solutions to problems ranging from acute brain insults, e.g., head injuries, to chronic brain disease conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Often CAT scans, EEGs and MRI techniques are unable to detect some brain injuries and many patients are discharged confused and in need of further treatment. These traditional imaging techniques often fail to detect mild brain injury and are unable to examine thinking ability or upper and mid-brain ability. Accurate measures, e.g., the Neuropsychological Examination, are needed to examine thinking ability that goes beyond the scope of traditional imaging techniques. This “mental map” or blue print of thinking strengths and weaknesses are crucial in the planning and implementation of proper treatment. It is this approach that distinguishes NRS as a comprehensive, quality-care outpatient program.
We understand the pervasive impact an injury of any kind can have on both the life of the patient and their family and friends. The accurate diagnosis provided by the Neuropsychological Examination is only one important piece of the puzzle. Patients and their families need answers to real-world questions, NRS can provide these. A comprehensive assessment and treatment plan (based on the blue print provided by the patients NPE) is a crucial part of the quality-care provided by NRS. Problems associated with brain injuries such as irritability, excitability, anxiousness, impulsivity and thinking changes (memory, concentration, attention and judgment) may often go untreated and overlooked even when a patient is receiving other forms of rehabilitation, e.g., speech, occupational and physical therapy.
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury to the brain but still have unanswered questions or concerns contact NRS to schedule a consultation appointment so that you can get the care you deserve. Or, if you have noticed behavioral or thinking changes in yourself or someone else and have concerns about the possible development of a chronic brain disease NRS can provide accurate diagnosis and quality treatment.
What does the NPE involve?
The first step is to obtain adequate information to plan the NPE. This includes pertinent medical and psychosocial history that has prompted the referral.
After the relevant information is received, the second step is the neuropsychological consultation. This is an interview to help clarify the clinical condition and how the patient (and family) describes his or her functioning.
After the first 2 steps are done, the patient is in a position to undergo the NPE.
- Perceptual skills (hearing, seeing, feeling)
- Attention and concentration skills
- Speech and language functions
- Visual spatial functions
- Speed of new learning (processing)
- Learning capacity
- Background intellectual level
- Speed and coordination of simple motor responses
- Emotional and behavioral characteristics
For patients with conventional mental health issues LifeSpan – N.R.S. offers traditional psychological counseling. Unlike Medical Adjustment Counseling, the focus and approach is different in these circumstances. However, treatment goals are still approached with the intention of collaborating on more helpful ways of behaving and thinking. Through solution focused cognitive - behavioral therapy we aim to support, advocate for and motivate our patients toward healthy behaviors. We attempt to relieve intra-psychic conflict and modify unsuccessful coping strategies. Our treatment is based on individual patient needs. Some of the conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Eating Disorders
- Impulse Disorders
- Anger Management
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Developmental Disorders
- Marriage and Couples Counseling
- Parental Guidance / Behavioral Mgmt. of Children
Medical Adjustment Counseling
Our practice specializes in Medical Adjustment Counseling (MAC). Unlike traditional Mental Health Counseling, MAC deals specifically with the emotional and thinking changes that often accompany medical conditions and physical trauma. Adjusting to, and understanding these changes can be extremely difficult for a person. Psychological overlay, that is, the emotional and behavioral impact of an injury, often accompanies physical trauma.
We Can Help
Our patients develop a variety of adjustment strategies in order to work effectively with their medical condition. The focus of MAC is on the residuals of the medical condition and unlike traditional psychotherapy not necessarily on past issues.
Our focus is three-pronged and addresses the concerns our patients have expressed over the years.
Understanding what you have
Understanding what to do with what you have
Understanding where you are going
Forensic neuropsychology is an emerging subspecialty within clinical neuropsychology. Neuropsychological testimony can define the functional outcome of acquired neurological injuries in the legal decision process.
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services has been treating brain impaired patients for almost thirty years. Besides being one of the five original head injury facilities in New Jersey, Dr. Sica, a board certified neuropsychologist, is one of the original clinical advisory board members of the New Jersey Head Injury Association.