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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, Courtney Doherty & Myriame Lépine Lyons, have experience working with people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. They are able to help in dealing with any combination of issues including:

  • Coping with a diagnosis
  • Life transitions
  • Grief/loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Interested in learning more about mental health and counselling options? Read an interview with Courtney and Myriame, PSBC's clinical counsellors. 

About Courtney Doherty, MCP, RCC (available Fridays only)
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 Masters 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.

About Myriame Lépine Lyons, MA, CCC
Myriame completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Psychology and Sociology at Queen’s University and her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler University, where she researched Educational Assistants’ experiences and perceptions of relating with students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, she uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach with a focus on building therapeutic rapport. By cultivating a sense of togetherness, Myriame works with clients faced with anxiety & depression, trauma, life transitions, chronic disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. Myriame has a passion for helping individuals lead a healthier lifestyle through mindfulness, resiliency building, and evidence-based practices.

Schedule an appointment
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 info@parkinson.bc.ca.