Cognitive rehabilitation program was seeking a digital tool to keep patients engaged and enable clinicians to easily assign home workouts to patients.
Thalia Psychotherapy is a mental health practice in Nairobi, Kenya. It consists of Clinical Psychologist Ruth Mwaura and another practitioner. Ruth has been using HappyNeuron Pro since 2019.
At Thalia, Ruth sees patients who are participating in a cognitive health program. Other patients she sees are in treatment using psychotherapeutic methods. She also sees patients who have traumatic brain injury.
Mental health is a taboo topic for many cultures in Africa, with many people not seeking help even when drastically needed.
Ruth is one of the many therapists trying to address this issue, one patient at a time.
“[HappyNeuron Pro] is efficient and easy to use. Since it’s computer based, patients love to interact with it compared to workbooks or worksheets. They prefer the click of a button.” – Ruth Mwaura
Ruth has done cognitive rehabilitation therapy before using printed materials. She first accessed HappyNeuron Pro’s free worksheets, which she and many other psychologists enjoy. What was underwhelming for Ruth like many other therapists was the overabundance of printed materials. Many patients and therapists get bored of using paper and pencil tools for therapy, which makes using digital mediums more enjoyable and engaging for both.
HappyNeuron Pro was able to fill a void for Ruth by providing fun and engaging content that was therapeutic and guided her patient’s recovery.
“Once the client comes for a session, we go through how the week was and any difficulties they have experienced. I take them through the day’s exercise by psycho-educating them about which part of the brain the day’s exercise is targeting. We will then start the session, which lasts an hour. After that, I get feedback from them about the day’s exercise, then I set the homework and send it to them.” – Ruth Mwaura
Educating patients on what they are doing and why is part of many cognitive health programs, as it helps bring to light why they are performing specific exercises.
She then assigns homework after the one-on-one cognitive therapy session, where her patient’s can practice skills they are learning in therapy and refocus on cognitive deficits that they continue to experience.
While HappyNeuron Pro provides many exercises, Ruth and her patients particularly enjoy Elephant Memory, which targets verbal memory. She finds that this exercise has been helpful in assisting patients with memory problems.
Like with many other therapists, HappyNeuron Pro has assisted Ruth by helping with goal establishment for her and her patients. The results feature of HappyNeuron Pro allows the therapist to check in on how their patients are performing exercises, or not performing them. That way, the therapist can see if a patient is having difficulty with an exercise or avoiding one that they may feel is too hard for them at that time. The therapist can then take this information and tailor their therapy session to address these concerns.
“[HappyNeuron Pro] is easy to use and you get a product specialist to guide you, who I must say was super helpful and kind.” – Ruth Mwaura
Another feature of HappyNeuron Pro that Ruth and many other therapists enjoy is the ability to contact a Product Specialist with any questions or concerns they may have.
HappyNeuron Pro is proud to provide excellent customer service and assist therapists with questions, concerns, and needs in a timely fashion by email and telephone communication. Therapists are able to submit help requests and schedule digital training sessions with the product specialist as they wish.
“We plan to bring on board many patients to use HappyNeuron by collaborating with neurologists.” – Ruth Mwaura
“[People considering using HappyNeuron Pro] should go for it. It’s worth the investment.” – Ruth Mwaura
HappyNeuron Pro enabled the clinicians at Thalia to engage patients through digital cognitive exercises, as well as track progress and assign home workouts with ease.
The clinic is using HappyNeuron Pro with more patients, and finding that it helps to keep patients engaged. It also enables clinicians to create a more customized experience for patients, via the results feature.
Pulling from our decades of experience in Cognitive Therapeutics, we aim to help you enrich your practice through the use of digital and paper tools.