Craig Phillips tackles self-esteem after brain injury


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Craig Phillips

The issue of recovery of self after brain injury is important to the person with a brain injury, their family and loved ones and rehabilitation professionals. Following a brain injury, many are confronted with a profound and complex loss of identity and social role. As we consider the realities of living with a brain injury, the issues of loss and recovery of self are understandable. As helpers how can we assist the person in recovering their identity and, some some cases, building a new sense of self? As human beings we are dependent on the values created by the social roles we occupy, our relationships at work, with family, friends and community and what we derive from intimate relationships. We depend on positive feedback from others in our ongoing self-validation. But after a brain injury, the reliability of our social network can be severely impacted and the responses of others, including our loved ones, can be altered.

Craig Phillips, has been living with a brain injury for a long time. He completed a university degree and attained a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling- all after his injury. His work is now focused on helping others through his experiences, his website, blogs and e-books. I just received Craig’s latest e-book: Living with a brain injury and building self-esteem and acceptance, which he has graciously shared with us in the brain injury community. I am pleased to add Craig’s work to our survivor resources. His own self-exploration has been a journey to self-acceptance which offers lessons for all of us.

Click here to access Craig’s latest ebook.


About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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