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, MSN, MCP
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. Currently, she is completing 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, and work as a clinical educator on a neuropsychiatric inpatient ward. As a result, Tricia has knowledge of medications and neurodegenerative disease processes that may inform work in counselling sessions. She also 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.
Natalie Nunez, BSc (intern, available Thursdays only)
Natalie completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and is currently completing her Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) at City University of Seattle. She has had a long-standing interest in health psychology, and understanding how physical disease can impact our mental health and well-being. She has experience providing support for individuals living with chronic medical conditions after spending time working at an obesity medical clinic, and a prostate cancer supportive care program. Natalie's grandfather had Parkinson's disease, and this personal connection brought her to Parkinson Society BC. She works from a client-centred and strengths-based approach, and believes that every individual has the ability to make positive changes in their lives with the right support and resources. She hopes to provide a warm and empathetic space for clients to work towards their goals, and live happy and meaningful lives.
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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.