CBT for Personal Injury
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Personal Injury cases
Personal Injury work at CBT Networks
Who do we work for?
We work for solicitors across the UK providing psychological assessment and treatment for a range of types of personal injury cases, including medical negligence cases.
What types of emotional problems are associated with traumatic experiences? In terms of symptoms experienced by trauma survivors, your clients may be expected to present with some or all of the following problems:
- Panic attacks
- Sleep disturbance
- Driving phobia
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Low self-esteem
- Anger management issues
- Relationship problems
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Difficulty adjusting to pain and disability
If you are uncertain as to whether or not your client has had an emotional reaction to a traumatic experience, a set of self-report questionnaires can be provided for your client to complete and return.
Questionnaires will be reviewed by our Expert Witness, Dr Sian Thrasher, free of charge in order to help clarify whether your client is experiencing an emotional reaction and a full psychological assessment indicated.
What we offer:
Our resident expert - Dr Sian Thrasher - is a highly experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with 20 years experience in theassessment and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress reactions. She is an experienced Expert Witness in Personal Injury cases involving emotional reactions to trauma - from RTA’s to medical negligence. Working as both a Clinician and a Witness, Dr Thrasher has an in-depth understanding of medico-legal cases, and has prepared over 500 medico-legal court reports.
In addition to assessments, at CBT Networks we have a network of associates around the UK who are specialised in the delivery of NICE guidelines recommended treatments for reactions to traumatic experiences. All associates are CBT trained and accredited, and we aim to find therapists within a 30 mile radius of clients.
How we operate
Procedure for instruction
Instructions should be sent by email or post. Alternatively contact Dr Thrasher directly to discuss the suitability of your case for psychological assessment or treatment.
Terms of business
For our terms of business, including an outline of our fee structure, please contact us directly on 0845 345 7669 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Report turnaround time
CBT Networks hold a 4-week gold standard in turnaround time for assessments and reports. For a premium, we offer a "fast track" service which offers appointments at the client's earliest availability and ensures delivery of your report within 2 weeks of assessment.
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Personal injury cases
We were contacted by a solicitor in Scotland having difficulty locating an accredited therapist to provide the recommended Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for a client who was involved in a road traffic accident. As a result of her experience, the client developed phobia of car travel.
Living 40 miles from Aberdeen and unable to travel, meant that the client was unable to attend therapy sessions in town, and the solicitor had been unsuccessful in finding a therapist close by. Within three days, we were able to find a suitably qualified and experienced accredited CBT therapist able to provide treatment on a home-visit basis, until the client was recovered sufficiently to make the journey to the therapist herself.
Medico-Legal Assessment and Treatment Case
CBT Networks were instructed to provide a medico-legal assessment for a woman involved in a medical negligence claim involving a stillbirth. We contacted the client to arrange an appointment to come for assessment with Dr Thrasher. During the course of the client's assessment, it became clear that due to the complexity of the case and levels of client distress, a second assessment appointment would be needed to complete the assessment. This was arranged for a few days later, and the report was completed, with full review of all the client's medical records and documentation, within 12 working days.
Four months following our medico-legal assessment, we were requested by the client's solicitor to provide an Assessment for Treatment in order to give a more detailed opinion regarding treatment needs, goals and an estimate of costs for treatment. A qualified associate therapist in the client's area was located to provide the recommended treatment. Third party insurers received the Assessment for Treatment and estimate, and an interim payment was made and treatment got underway within 3 weeks. The instructing solicitor was kept informed of progress with a Mid-Treatment Summary and Discharge Report from the treating therapist when sessions were complete.
What the solicitors say
“I have worked with Dr Sian Thrasher for several years. Over this time I have referred a number of clients to her for treatment particularly CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). The feedback from my clients has been consistently high. They feel the treatment provided has been most helpful and beneficial. Dr Thrasher has also provided me with a number of reports." Mr Black of Bower & Bailey Solicitors, Oxford
“Dr Thrasher is my first choice when I am looking to instruct a psychologist ... Her work is of a consistently high standard" .Mr Black of Bower & Bailey Solicitors, Oxford
“In our experience (when working with Dr Thrasher), cases have been managed sensitively and carefully, with a high level of expertise in delivering thorough assessment of psychological injuries after trauma - from road traffic accidents to medical negligence cases." Mr Andrew Sharpe of Penmans Solicitors, Coventry