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Clinical Counselling

Struggling After Brain Injury?

Our clinical counselling program specializes in brain injury. We welcome both those with brain injury and their families/caregivers. Clinical counselling services are free (for those in financial need), or can be paid through ICBC, WorkSafeBC, or extended health care benefits.

Why Brain Injury Counselling?

When you sustain a brain injury it's common to also face mental health challenges. They can be related to:

  • grieving the pre-injury self
  • failed attempts at returning to school/work
  • social isolation
  • personality changes
  • PTSD
  • loss of, or strained relationships
  • worry about managing post-injury life

The result can be depression, anxiety, or even suicidal thoughts.

Counselling should be an integral part of your brain injury recovery, and will support your progress in other areas.

BrainTrust offers brain injury counselling with clinical counsellors.

Clinical Counselling at BrainTrust

Accessible

You'll get timely access to a clinical counsellor trained in brain injury.

Specific to Brain Injury

Strategies used are supportive to your unique brain injury deficits.

Consistent

You'll see the same counsellor for every counselling session.

Eligibility

You must have a medically documented (diagnosed) brain injury, OR be a family member/caregiver of someone with a documented brain injury.

Learn more about our eligibility criteria for those with brain injury.

Cost

Counselling services are free to those in financial need due to the generosity of our sponsors. Counselling is also available at a fee based on your ability to pay.

Call us at 250-762-3233 or send us an email to discuss your individual needs.

More than 60% of people with traumatic brain injury struggle with anxiety and depression.

reach out if you need help

Arlene Hildred

BrainTrust Client

As a client, I have to say the counselling I have been offered and gratefully received has made a huge impact in my continued recovery. It really has made a significant difference in my outlook and well being. Thank you Murphy Battista LLP. I am so happy that this service is funded and more of the BrainTrust Canada clients will have the opportunity to receive the great assistance that counselling can provide.

Our Clinical Counsellors

Along with master's degrees, our counsellors have knowledge of brain injury. Each has a unique skill set, and you are matched with the counsellor who can best meet your needs. We offer brain injury counselling at the BrainTrust offices in both Kelowna and Vernon.

CRAIG KOSKIMAKI
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Craig graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, and with additional focus in Vocational Rehabilitation. He understands that the multifaceted team at BrainTrust addresses the cognitive, physical, and behavioural impairments that often follow brain injury. Craig's focus is on the characteristics of the injury, restraints and barriers within society, return to work, and overall quality of life.

 

HAILEY KANIGAN
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Hailey is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who helps clients achieve positive change after being affected by a brain injury. Hailey works closely with clients to help empower them to rely on their strengths and reduce their biopsychosocial barriers. Hailey enjoys using a multi-disciplinary approach which will inspire clients to regain a balanced, healthy, and enjoyable lifestyle. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy are used within Hailey’s practice to create personalized wellness goals and a plan to achieve them. Hailey looks forward to meeting and supporting BrainTrust clients on their journey to wellness.

 

Hailey K CROP

SUSAN WIGGAN
Registered Social Worker

 

RICHARD MORTIMER
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Richard has a Master's of Counselling Psychology. Using a trauma-informed approach, he provides a nonjudgmental, supportive space for his clients' healing. Richard's areas of specialization include substance use, goal setting, managing grief and loss, and helping clients form a new sense of self. Effective strategies he may use include writing/drawing verbal content on a whiteboard, mind mapping, cognitive behaviour therapy, and art therapy. Richard is passionate about using his role as a counsellor to help build healthy, inclusive communities.

Richard Mortimer is a clinical counsellor who provides brain injury counselling at BrainTrust Canada.

AVRIL PAICE
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Avril loves to connect deeply with people and understand what matters to them. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she is skilled at helping in several areas of need common to those with brain injury. These include relationship and family issues, self-esteem, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, injuries and disabilities, and trauma.  She draws on many different counselling approaches, depending on what will be most effective for the client. Avril feels deeply rewarded when she can help her clients discover a new perspective, strength, skill, or tool that improves their well-being. 

Avril Paice is a clinical counsellor who provides brain injury counselling at BrainTrust Canada.

Our Funders

Our brain injury counselling services are funded in part by:

Murphy Battista LLP
United Way Southern Interior BC
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