About Heike Dumke

Mind your Brain - Support for Acquired Brain Injury, and Cognitive Aging

About Heike Dumke, Ph.D. cand

– Ageing & Brain Therapist

Hi, it’s nice to meet you :). And thank you for your interest in my specialization – I am a brain Therapist and Counsellor (BCACC # 11568). I also am a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (VRA Canada # 5258)] and am specialized in Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy.

Given my background in neuropsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and rehabilitation, and my extensive clinical experience in the field of brain injury/ concussion rehabilitation, and ageing, I am uniquely equipped to provide therapy in my chosen fields: ageing and injury rehabilitation. I work as a Brain Therapist, Counsellor, and Consultant.

You see, the brain is a wondrous organ; it has been called “mission control”, and, thus, whatever impacts the brain’s functioning will have an impact on a person’s quality of life. As a therapist, it is important to understand that some factors are likely temporary. Such temporary factors can include decreased sleep, medication, and alcohol ingestion.  Other factors can have longer-term consequences, and these include the normal aging process, diseases that are more probable to occur as we get older (e.g. mild cognitive impairment, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease), and injuries to the brain (e.g. traumatic brain injuries, lack of oxygen to the brain, brain tumor/ surgery, chemotherapy, infection of the brain such as meningitis and encephalitis).

Whichever way the brain’s functioning has been impacted, it can create cognitive and emotional difficulties in a person’s everyday life, and thereby decrease one’s quality of life.

Therefore, in the capacity of a therapist or consultant, I help people understand changes in their cognition (e.g. attention and/ or memory functioning), and how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are interconnected.  As well, if potential changes in cognitive functioning seem worrisome (e.g. how can I keep my brain healthy, and support my future cognitive and emotional well-being), I can provide information and guidance on how to protect the brain.

My approach as a brain therapist will be geared to your needs and priorities, but it usually will include education to support you in gaining insight into your own functioning, providing potential solutions where appropriate or helping you find your own solutions, and thereby assisting you in improving your quality of life- one step at a time.

So, how does all this look in real life and with real clients?  Well, clients may come to me feeling overwhelmed with the daily demands placed on them due to difficulties concentrating, remembering new information, difficulties planning and organizing, getting easily confused, or lacking clarity of thought (feeling mentally foggy).  Other difficulties may include losing your train of thought frequently;  difficulties following a conversation; misplacing important items such as keys, wallet, or bank cards; forgetting important tasks such as turning off the stove or locking the door; and/ or forgetting appointments.  While at least some of these difficulties happen to everyone at one point or another, they can turn life into a daily struggle when they happen too frequently due to brain injury or emotional difficulties (e.g. depression).  Not only can it be difficult to identify proper strategies to deal with the ensuing everyday problems successfully in the long-term, but feelings of being overwhelmed and depressed also may leave you isolated in your pain and feeling like there is no hope.

I can give you and your family hope by providing you with emotional support and practical assistance.  So, whether you experience cognitive and/ or emotional distress or just want to be proactive about your cognitive and emotional (i.e. brain health) well-being, I’d love to hear from you!  So, please, drop me a line below, or call me to set up a free 15-minute consultation during which we can explore how I can help you.

phone: 604-802-7291
e-mail: mindyourbrain1@gmail.com

For all services I provide as a therapist, please see my Services, or see the links below for

Resources on Aging

Resources for Brain Injury

Resources for Brain Health

My Educational Background:

All of my academic education has been geared towards understanding cognitive functioning including the normal cognitive aging process and how the healthy brain creates our experiences (i.e. thinking, emotions, and behaviour) as well as the interrelationships between these experiences and other factors (internal and environmental influences).  Throughout my work, I have gained insight into how cognitive changes as part of the aging process or due to a brain insult (e.g. trauma or disease) can impact and compromise a person’s functioning (i.e. cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, quality of life).

In addition, my personal experiences instilled in me a perspective of compassion, empathy, and cultural sensitivity.  As such, my educational background (medical studies in nursing, Germany; cognitive neuroscience; human neuropsychology; rehabilitation and occupational sciences> see above) and personal experiences have provided me with unique insights that have allowed me to bridge the neuroscience aspect with the human aspect within the field of cognitive rehabilitation. It is this unique combination of knowledge and experience that I believe has made me so successful in working with clients who have experienced cognitive difficulties.

 Professional Memberships:

I am a member in good standing in the following professional organizations


  • Service Type Care for people with acquired brain injury
  • Provider NameMind your Brain,
    400-601 West Broadway,BC-V5C 4C2 ,Telephone No.16048027291
  • Area British Columbia incl Greater Vancouver, and Yukon
  • DescriptionTherapeutic care for people with acquired brain injury