Please note that we are unable to provide crisis counselling. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact:
- Crisis Centre BC (1-800-SUICIDE or 310-6789) available 24 hours
- Senior Abuse and Information Line (1-866-437-1940 or 604-437-1940)
- One of BC’s crisis hotlines
If this is an emergency and you feel that you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves or another, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Counselling sessions will be available by phone until further notice due to the covid-19 outbreak. For the most up-to-date information, please visit this PSBC web page.
Need an understanding ear or someone to talk to? Parkinson Society British Columbia offers free, short-term, and non-crisis counselling services for people touched by Parkinson’s disease. Counselling will provide you with a safe and structured environment to discuss challenges, process emotions and provide you with the extra support you and your loved one(s) may need.
Our clinical counsellors have experience working with people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. They are able to help in dealing with a combination of issues including:
- Coping with a diagnosis
- Life transitions
Jennifer Allen (Wednesdays)
Jennifer has a Master’s of Social Work, and 25 years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker in various roles and settings within Vancouver Coastal Health. During this time, she provided assessment, short- and long-term counselling services, education, and community resourcing to families and individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, experiencing challenges with mental and physical health, addictions, and trauma. In addition, she has specialized skills and knowledge about the psychosocial aspects of neurological rehabilitation, particularly traumatic brain injury, concussion, Parkinson's disease, stroke, neuromuscular skeletal disorders, and dementia. As a result, Jennifer has extensive experience helping people with Parkinson's and their carepartners work through the many unique difficulties they may face.
Courtney Doherty, MCP, RCC (on maternity leave)
Born and raised in Ottawa, ON, Courtney completed her B.A. in Halifax, NS at Dalhousie University. After her undergraduate degree, and a little soul searching, she decided to follow her dream of becoming a counsellor and moved to Vancouver, BC to pursue a Master's of Counselling Psychology at Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology). Now a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), her personal connection to Parkinson’s disease (PD) brought her to Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC). Courtney’s father was diagnosed with PD over 10 years ago, and recently underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, which has been a successful form of treatment for him. Believing that every individual has the potential to lead a happy and fulfilling life regardless of challenges faced, she brings a unique perspective and skill set to PSBC.
Dawn Drouin (Mondays)
Dawn has a Master’s of Social Work, and experience serving diverse clients in various settings. As a social worker, she assisted families in acute care, rehabilitation settings, and private practice. Her experience with working with individuals with brain injury, neurological diagnosis, and multiple sclerosis through the continuum of care has allowed her to see the varied needs of clients and families dealing with a life-altering diagnosis, similar to Parkinson’s disease. She has advanced assessment and treatment skills in helping support families with a wide range of social, emotional, and health-related problems. She has experience collaborating with relevant interdisciplinary teams, and utilizing community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.
Mika Okusa (Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Mika has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Health/Mental Health and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. She has over 9 years of experience in healthcare, working closely with patients and their families affected by chronic illness spanning from acute to palliative care settings. As a clinician who incorporates a variety of different therapeutic techniques and interventions into practice, her counselling framework is a strengths based, trauma informed practice.
As a trained social worker, Mika also utilizes a systems approach with her clients to help secure available resources within themselves, their family/friends/caregivers and the greater community to promote client wellness. Additionally, her professional experiences in healthcare have allowed her to expand and solidify her skills in interdisciplinary collaboration, consultation, advocacy as well as resource counselling. She is passionate about supporting individuals and their families as they navigate the challenges of living with chronic illness.
Madelaine Ross, RPN, BFA, M.Sc.
Madelaine is our newest part-time counsellor. She was the Parkinson’s Client and Family Service Manager for HeadWay in Victoria for several years, where she also provided counselling to people with Parkinson’s and carepartners. Her support was greatly appreciated by the Victoria and area Parkinson’s community.
Tricia Wallace, RN, RCC
Tricia has practiced as a registered nurse since 1988 in hospital and community settings, attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master's of Nursing (MSN) from the University of Victoria, BC. In June of 2019, she completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) at Yorkville University.
Tricia has extensive experience working with adults of all ages in the field of mental health, including case management for those 55 and older who live with co-occurring disorders, work as a clinical educator on mood and neuropsychiatric inpatient wards, and counselling individuals and groups in a residential substance use recovery program. Drawing on this diverse background, Tricia recognizes the importance of a strength-based, holistic approach to Parkinson’s disease that includes emotional support and skill building for individuals and their families.
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Not sure if counselling is right for you? Call or email us for more information on our counselling services at 604-662-3240, Toll Free 1-800-668-3330, or email@example.com.