Psychotherapy and Aphasia: Interventions for Emotional Wellbeing and Relationships is an exciting international collaboration among clinical neuropsychologists, speech and language therapists and family therapists that details a range of innovative psychotherapeutic interventions to enable people with communication disorders and their families to access meaningful support.

People with aphasia and other acquired communication disorders can face significant challenges accessing emotional support. Many traditional forms of psychotherapy are based on spoken language, rendering it inaccessible for many people with communication disorders. But the book details a range of techniques that move away from reliance on spoken language, including total communication strategies, the use of meaningful objects, experiential process, group experience and mind-body practices.

Featuring clinical examples which cover a range of stroke and neurology service contexts, the book includes contributions from a range of therapeutic models; from speech and language therapy and family therapy to clinical neuropsychology, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, narrative and mind-body traditions. It therefore provides clinicians with a wide-range of practical and theoretical tools to explore when supporting survivors who experience psychological distress during rehabilitation. It is the only book aimed at both speech and language therapists and psychotherapists, and will open up new pathways to support.

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

Time to step up

A call for the speech pathology 1 profession to utilise stepped psychological care for people with aphasia post stroke
ByBrooke Ryan, Linda Worrall, Jasvinder Sekhon, Caroline Baker, Marcella Carragher, Jaycie Bohan, Emma Power, Miranda Rose, Nina Simmons-Mackie, Leanne Togher, Ian Kneebone

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

The importance of syntax in making meaning and emotional adjustment

A brief psychodynamically oriented intervention in receptive aphasia
ByAonghus Ryan

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

A personal construct psychology approach to aphasia

ByCathy Sparkes

chapter Chapter 4|27 pages

Supporting families with aphasia to explore relationships

ByKate H. Meredith

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

A preliminary study of “Laboratorio di Conversazione Narrativa”

Group psychotherapy supporting communication for people with aphasia
ByStefano Monte, Maristella Crielesi, Marcella Di Pietro, Mariateresa Matera, Kate H. Meredith, Rossella Muò

chapter Chapter 7|29 pages

Mindfulness interventions for people with aphasia – case evidence from individual and group therapy formats

ByMaristella Crielesi, Lauren Roche, Giulia Monopoli, Giles N. Yeates, Stefano Monte

chapter Chapter 8|29 pages

The potential contribution of mind-body interventions within psychological support following aphasia

A conceptual review and case study
ByGiles N. Yeates