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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 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
  • Grief/loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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.

Judy Zhu, MEd, Dr. TCM, RCC (available Wednesdays only)

Judy was born in Hangzhou, China. Her mother was a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and her father was a psychiatrist. She has many fond memories of sitting at the dinner table discussing cases of both mental and physical health with her parents. She is a registered acupuncturist and Doctor of traditional Chinese Medicine, and received her Master in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. As a registered clinical counsellor, Judy has helped many people with diverse challenges such as addiction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, career directions, past trauma, panic attacks, and more. Judy's passion is to help people to achieve better physical and mental health with a body-mind integrated approach. Her Zen meditation practice keeps her grounded, compassionate, and engaged.


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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 info@parkinson.bc.ca.


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.