Need an understanding ear or someone to talk to? Parkinson Society British Columbia offers free, short-term, confidential and non-judgmental 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
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 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.
Dr. Judy Zhu, RCC, Dr. TCM (available Wednesdays only)
Judy is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr. TCM) and registered clinical counsellor (R.C.C), with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. For over a decade, she has used a holistic approach to help her clients with anxiety, depression, stress disorders, past trauma, and chronic health issues get on a path of physical and emotional wellbeing. She has also had the opportunity to work in a residential setting, supporting those living with alcohol and drug addictions, along with concurrent mental health issues.
As a counsellor, Judy uses therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies, along with Buddhist philosophy. She has helped clients from diverse backgrounds cope with challenges such as life transitions, grief and loss, shame, trauma, relationship issues, and life-altering illness.
Her long-term Zen meditation practice allows Judy to be present, compassionate, and engaged with her clients. Her love of nature and art nourishes her and inspires her work. Judy’s father had Parkinson’s; she believes this lived experience in providing support to her father and other family carepartners contributes to her work with clients at Parkinson Society BC.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.