What we do

Our brain is our most precious organ. It is responsible for all of the processes that take place in our body. Recent studies indicate that nerve cells and the connections that form between them last a lifetime. It is important, therefore, to take care of the brain not only when there is an obvious reason to do so, such as after an accident or a disease, but also when we seem quite healthy.

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We offer a wide range of neuropsychological assistance aimed at improving mental health and focussing on better integration of the brain’s nerve cells. In cases where we experience life’s difficulties, after accidents damaging the central nervous system, disease, and sudden lowering of intellectual functioning, we suggest neuropsychological diagnosis and rehabilitation of cognitive functions including memory, concentration, attention, speech, etc.

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For healthy people who want to improve their mental capabilities and their ability to deal with various emotions, we also offer training using EEG or EDA biofeedback. We offer psychotherapy and support groups, which are especially recommended for those who suffer from neurological diseases and for their relatives. We work with children and with adults.

For patients

EEG biofeedback

What is biofeedback?

EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) is a noninvasive method of regulating the brainwaves based on the relationship that exists between the neuronal structure of the brain and the psychophysical state of the patient. The method is based on biofeedback imaging of bioelectrical activity of the brain when performing simple tasks, enabling conscious influence of the brain and forcing the patient to maintain a high degree of concentration.

Before taking EEG biofeedback therapy, an EEG should be performed, and an opinion from a neurologist should be obtained testifying to the lack of contraindications for this form of therapy.

The minimum number of training sessions is one, with an optimum being two times per week.

 

GSR/EDA biofeedback

GSR Biofeedback (Galvanic Skin Response); EDA Biofeedback (Electrodermal Activity) SCL (Skin Conductance Level)

 

Child neuropsychology

The psychophysical development of children can sometimes progress in a disharmonious way, which shows itself in the daily behavior of the child but which the child may not be able to express (e.g. in speech, learning, low concentration, or the inability to concentrate on command.) Neuropsychological examination includes an interview with the guardians of the child, observation of the cild, and a method of testing the child by play to investigate functions such as speech, perception, thinking, memory, and motility.

EEG biofeedback

Support for the development of speech

Cognitive neurorehabilitation

Neurorehabilitation is for people requiring rehabilitation of their cognitive functions (memory, attention, concentration, thinking, planning, manual dexterity, visual function, and language function). Typically, these people have been previously diagnosed and referred to seek neurorehabilitation by a neuropsychologist or by another doctor. Neurorehabilitation can also benefit anyone who notices reduction in their mental ability and would like to improve its function.

The most common reasons for seeking neurorehabilitation are:

– Neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, corticobasal degeneration, multiple sclerosis – Huntingtons disease, motor neuron disease, dementia, vascular diseases, etc.).

– Strokes

– Cranio-cerebral trauma (often after traffic accidents)

4Mente has special offers for the elderly.

We also offer neurorehabilitation for children.

How is neurorehabilitation carried out?

Improvement of cognitive function is under the guidance of an experienced neuropsychologist specially and individually selected for each patients’s rehabilitation plan. Among the methods which may be used are:

 

– Testing methods in the form of exercises performed with the patients (such as paper-pencil tasks)

 

– EEG biofeedback training

Neuropsychological assessment

We offer a neuropsychological examination to check the efficiency of cognitive functions such as memory, attention, concentration, thinking, planing, speech and language function, visual function, and manual dexterity. The psychological examination includes testing methods and observation. We then provide a neuropsychological diagnosis which indicates possible dysfunctional areas. After each test we will give you a written opinion.

This assessment is aimed at adults who wish to test their cognitive functioning, or who were recommended to do so by a doctor.

The study does not require our patients to prepare in advance. If you wear glasses, you should bring them with you.

 

Senior neuropsychology

With age some people observe a decrease in mental ability. This deterioration may evidence itself in loss of memory, concentration, or attention. Seniors may notice difficulties in logical thinking or in thinking quickly. There may be problems with the proper manual performance of everyday activities. For people with these symptoms, we suggest neuropsychological study and neurorehabilitation.

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Transcultural psychology / acculturation

Acculturation is the process of adaptive changes that take place in the event of contact with people from another culture. This process is a challenge both for those who are staying in a foreign country, and for the people in your country who are in contact with those from a different cultural background. Adapting to life in a different culture usually requires adapting to a new environment and finding new solutions to the problems encountered. Sometimes it can also lead to feelings of intense stress or to other symptoms of worsening mood.

Consultation with a therapist may be helpful for:

– People who wish to gain skills to cope with stress experienced abroad

– International couples who are experiencing difficulties in close relationships due to cultural differences

– Bilingual children adapting to life in Poland

 

Psychotherapy for couples

Psychotherapy for couples is designed to improve the relationship between two people who are in a close emotional relationship. Meeting with a therapist will help you to:

– Discover and outline problem areas in the relationship, which are a source of conflict and can cause a lack of satisfaction in being together

– Building good communication between each other

– Better understanding the self and the partner in the context of the relationship

– Defining needs within the relationship

Psychotherapy for couples usually takes place every two weeks. A therapy session lasts 1.5 hours.

Support groups

We offer support groups for those in difficulty due to neurological disease.

Support groups for patients:

When a person learns that he is sick, and that he has a progressive disease for which there is no cure (as in the case of neurological diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and many others) it is difficult and distressing. This process of realization is often accompanied by strong emotions starting with disbelief, emotional collapse, difficulty in accepting the diagnosis, and eventually ending in acceptance. We offer the opportunity to participate in support groups in our center, where you can meet with other patients who are struggling with the same problems. It will be an opportunity to share experiences and different emotions in a friendly, safe environment with the support of a psychologist.

Support groups for families of patients:

The experience of being a close relative to one with an illness can be very difficult. Often it changes everything about how this person has experienced their life so far. A loved one can become a different person, which can be difficult to understand and accept. Frequent re-evaluation is often required, both for those with mental and physical conditions. There are different and often extreme emotions including despair, grief, difficulty accepting the disease, anger, and hatred. These are all worth talking about. At our support group you will be able to meet with other people who are in the same situation to share emotions, difficulties, and experiences. This will help you feel relieved, and to more understand the disease. Meetings are held under the guidance of a psychologist.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment built essentially on a dialogue between the patient and the therapist. It is a long process, lasting from several months to several years. The length of psychotherapy depends on many individual factors, such as the age of the patient, the type of problems they experience, and their willingness and openness to the work style employed by the therapist.

The main goals of psychotherapy include:

– Reduction or elimination of specific symptoms reported by the patient to the psychologist (or that the parents report, if the patient is a child)

– An insight into the psychological mechanisms which will enable them to recognize the emotions, feelings, needs, and motivations which are often not known to the patient on a conscious level

– Learning to deal with different feelings

– Working on a stable sense of self esteem and identity

Consequently, psychotherapy should lead to a change in both the psychic life of the patient and to a sense of greater psychological comfort, pleasure and inner peace. There should also be effects evident in the sphere of the patient’s real life in the form of specific changes, e.g. in their professional field, in establishing satisfactory relationships with other people, in building good relationships, in love, etc.

At 4Mente we offer two different forms of psychotherapy (depending on your particular needs and our recommendations):

psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral

Individual psychotherapy can take place once or twice a week (depending on what is needed or recommended). A therapy session lasts 45-50 minutes.

Team 4mente

Anna Bazarnik

Anna Bazarnik

I am a psychologist and a psychotherapist, currently a PhD student at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. I am working with people suffering from epilepsy in the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital in Kraków. I completed a 4-year postgraduate course in cognitive psychotherapy at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Psicoterapia Cognitiva – Aleteia in Enna, Italy. I gained my professional experience both in Poland and in Italy. In my clinical practice I use evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions. If you would like further information or would like to schedule a session with me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

+48 733 186 313 anna.bazarnik@4mente.pl

Patrycja Popiela

Patrycja Popiela – I am a psychologist (M.A.) and a psychotherapist. I graduated in Psychology from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and finished a four-year Psychotherapy program. I have lived abroad for a number of years. As a psychologist, I am experienced in working with anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, loss and life changes, stress, personal development, and low self esteem. If you’re interested in having a session with me, please get in touch by phone at +48 503 616 235 or by e-mail at patrycja.popiela@4mente.pl

+48 503 616 235 patrycja.popiela@4mente.pl

Cooperation

Fees

Terapia
Czas trwania
Cena
Psicoterapia/consulenza psicologica in Italiano
50 min
140zł
Psychotherapy/psychological counseling in English
50 min
140zł
Neuropsychological assessment
120 min
250zł
Individual psychotherapy
50 min
120zł
A psychological opinion
50zł
EEG Biofeedback
50 min
75zł
Psychotherapy for a couple
90 min
200zł
Support groups
90 min
50zł
Psychological counseling/psychotherapy online
50 min
120zł

Contact

Center for Neurorehabilitation and Psychotherapy 4mente
al. Beliny-Prażmowskiego 25/6
31-514 Kraków

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