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
- 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.
Clinical Counselling at BrainTrust
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.
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
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.
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.
Deon helps clients learn new coping tools and strategies after brain injury, resulting in improved mental health and well-being. She has a Bachelor's degree in Child and Youth Care and a Master's in Counselling. Deon uses many approaches and modalities that she has acquired over the past 15 years. This includes using a trauma-informed model - most beneficial for those who've experienced brain injury. Deon is passionate about working with people and feels privileged to help others during difficult times in their lives. She joined the team at BrainTrust in 2018, impressed with both our agency and the amazing work we do in the community.
Emily provides individual counselling for BrainTrust clients who have experienced trauma prior to or as a result of their brain injury. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, has built a solid foundation of skills and treatment approaches she uses to match the individual needs of each client. Emily helps individuals clear out old experiences and negative beliefs that keep them stuck in self-defeating patterns or negative relationships, freeing them to move forward with greater confidence and ease.
Nikki is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has a Master’s of Education with a focus in counselling, where she studied the benefits of counselling for individuals with mild traumatic brain injury. Nikki’s clinical focus is working with those who have experienced trauma. She's dedicated to using a strength-based, collaborative approach when working with clients. Tools she may uses include EMDR, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness. Nikki strives to be open, compassionate, and supportive when working with people experiencing challenging events.
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.
Our brain injury counselling services are funded in part by: