Clinical Counselling

Prioritise Your Mental Wellness

When you sustain a brain injury it’s common to face fluctuations in your mental wellness. Whatever your challenge, our clinical counsellors are here to help. Specialising in brain injury, they can provide guidance and structure to your recovery journey, as well as a safe space to navigate times of uncertainty and personal growth.

If you meet our eligibility criteria, your first 12 sessions of clinical counselling are fully funded and free of charge.

We also offer Rapid Access Counselling (RAC) services – flexible, drop-in counselling sessions to suit your changing schedule and needs without the obligation to commit to future sessions.

Meet our clinical counsellors and find out more about eligibility criteria below. 

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A Safe Space to Heal

Our Clinical Counsellors

RICHARD MORTIMER

Clinical Counsellor

Hello, my name is Richard and I work as a counsellor at BrainTrust Canada. I’m honoured to be invited into clients’ lives and to walk alongside them during their times of challenge, success, uncertainty, personal growth, and triumph. When I’m not in the office, I fill my soul by listening to music, playing the drums or guitar, and spending quality time with friends and family.

CHRISSI STRONACH

Clinical Counsellor

Hi my name is Chrissi, I’m a counsellor at Brain Trust. I love working with clients and getting to be part of their mental health journey. It’s a privilege to be allowed into the intimate parts of someone’s life. I try to help people sort through what feels like chaos in their lives and try to add a bit of guidance and structure. In my free time, you’ll find me outside with my husband and two little kiddos. We love the outdoors – it’s our happy place!

CLAIRE OPTLAND

Social Worker

Hi! My name is Claire and I’m a counsellor at BrainTrust. During my early career I worked at Connect, a brain injury rehabilitation home. This amazing experience and the many remarkable individuals and caregivers I was privileged to work with sparked my passion for supporting the brain injury community. When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my husband, my daughter, our two dogs, and exploring the beautiful outdoors we get to call home in the Okanagan.

CIARAN MCDONAGH

Clinical Counsellor

Hi, my name is Ciaran and I’m a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over twenty years of supporting clients. My work as a counsellor brings amazing people into my life! It always blows me away how clients find the strength to overcome and move forward and it’s this part of the job that I love – walking alongside clients as they move on their journey.

MARIZABEL FORNO

Clinical Counsellor

Hi, my name is Marizabel, but you can call me MB! I’m a counsellor at BrainTrust Canada and I provide mental health support to individuals living with brain injury. I believe that each person is unique, and I’m passionate about creating a safe space where you can share your life’s story and honour your strengths as a resilient individual. When I am not at BrainTrust, you’ll likely find me in a bakery, or watching a football or soccer game with my friends and family.

Funded Service

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this service you must meet the following criteria:

Proof of acquired brain injury

To provide you with appropriate care, we require proof of an acquired brain injury confirmed by a physician and through medical or rehabilitation documentation.

We accept the following kinds of documentation: 

Medical proof of acquired brain injury from a:

  • CT scan
  • MRI report
  • Neurologist report
  • Physiatrist report

Other medical or rehabilitation documentation that clearly indicates acquired brain injury, such as:

  • Hospital records
  • Medical, rehabilitation, or hospital discharge reports
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Psychiatric report with DSM V diagnosis of acquired brain injury

We understand that getting proper documentation can be tough. Contact Us anytime if you’re having trouble getting the documentation you need – we’re here to help!

Age

Our adult Clinical Counselling services are available to those ages 18 and over. For youth ages 13 – 25, we offer fully funded Youth Clinical Counselling.

Location

You must be currently living in Central Okanagan, BC (from Armstrong to Peachland).

Note: If you are outside this area, our Paid Services are offered remotely* and are open to anyone living in Canada & the U.S.

*Rapid access counselling is not offered remotely

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements listed above, Contact Us for more options or take a look at our Paid Services model to see if it’s right for you.