Aurora Lassaletta Atienza

The Invisible Brain Injury: Cognitive Impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke and other Acquired Brain Pathologies

Aurora Lassaletta is a Clinical Psychologist (PsyD). She had to stop her work as a psychotherapist in a public mental health service in 2005 due to her TBI. She undertook a path of learning and improvement that she still follows today. At her new pace, Aurora enjoys helping other survivors learn to live with acquired brain injury through running a psychological support group.

The Invisible Brain Injury recounts, in her own words, the experience of Aurora Lassaletta Atienza; a clinical psychologist who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a traffic accident. Presenting her unique dual perspective as both a patient and a clinician, Aurora highlights the less visible cognitive, emotional and behavioural symptoms common to ABI and TBI.

This moving account showcases Aurora’s growing awareness of her impairments, their manifestation in daily life, how they are perceived, or not, by others and the tools and tricks that helped her survive. Each chapter combines Aurora’s subjective perspective, that supports others much like her, along with the scientific view of a professional neuropsychologist or physiatrist who provide informative commentaries on the various symptoms Aurora exhibits.

This book is valuable reading for professionals involved in neurorehabilitation, clinical neuropsychology students and those touched by brain injury. It is a must read for any individual, professional or not, who are an essential part of the rehabilitation, adjustment and acceptance process involved with traumatic brain injury.


'Aurora Lassaletta writes an insightful and engaging account of the consequences of her brain injury which is truly inspiring. This book succinctly describes and demonstrates with such clarity the invisible consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that so many experience but find it tricky to explain. Throughout the book she takes us on a journey through these consequences and how she comes to learn to work with them to lessen their impact on her day-to-day life. Her honesty and openness about the ongoing process of acceptance and reflections on identity within this context is so important in gaining insight into the psychological challenges faced following a TBI. This book will be of great value to those who have experienced a brain injury and their families as well as clinicians and researchers working in the field. I would encourage everyone to read this book who has experience of or interest in the impact of acquired brain injury.Thank you for sharing your experiences.' Fiona Ashworth, DClinPsych, AFBPsS, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. 

Video (Spanish)

Aurora talking about her memory issues at this year's Headway Brain Injury Awareness Week (Chile)

Aurora Lassaletta Atienza - online contact channels

Official website (Spanish)



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