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September 11, 2021 00:05:44
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TBI Therapist
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An introduction to the TBI Therapist podcast. A podcast for survivors of of concussion and acquired brain injury.  You'll hear a bit about me in this episode, Dr. Jen Blanchette a brain injury clinician and trauma expert.  We talk about the focus of the show which will focus on mental health, wellness, stories, and professional insights to heal from a brain injury.  To learn more about the podcast and show notes, visit tbitherapist.com

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