Hi! I believe I can be of help with this issue.
You know, I've seen that your question has been waiting in our forum for a while without being answered. And I think the reason none of us mental health experts wanted to try to answer you is because there IS no good answer to your situation. It is very distressing and I am so sorry you're going through this.
I work every so often in my private practice with people who have had Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). And with TBIs 1.5 years ago is not a very long time at all for the brain to heal and to see if your personality changes and other problems will abate or if you come up with ways to compensate.
So that gives us two points to address. The first is to be hopeful. TBI is not a fast moving problem in the mental health area. Be hopeful, okay? That is so important.
The second part is learning to compensate. This is a bit similar to PT or OT. You have to find what skillset you have operational at this time and try to learn how to use it to accomplish what you want to accomplish. You're going to have to translate that from the physical arena to the mental/emotional arena as well.
And this IS going to mean a competent psychologist who is experienced working with traumatic injuries and/or behavioral changes. Someone who is smart, sensitive, and works with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the person you're seeking. And you are intelligent and so this is a requirement. And as you wrote, you're afraid Medicare is not going to make that search easy.
I'm not really convinced that's true. If you had said Medicaid, I would agree with you. But Medicare is very widely accepted because there are many psychologists working with the elderly population. Which makes me realize that you might benefit from a psychologist who has experience working with stroke
patients for example. That's a trauma that's similar in effect somewhat to TBI. So don't rule out working with someone who works with a geriatric population. Okay?
So finding the psychologist is the important task for you. Here is the web address for Psychology Today's therapist directory. You can sort by zip codes and when you see someone who seems like they might be helpful (because they seem smart and not so easily manipulatable!) look at the listing and see if they list Medicare in the insurance accepted. This type of directory lets you really get a sense about the psychologist. And you can then follow up with an interview before deciding on therapy with the person. That can help even more make a good match.
Good Therapy is a non profit directory. Same idea as the one above:
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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