Mental Health Direct Therapy & Covid-19 Response Services 

Due to the complex health, financial, social, and psychological impact associated with COVID-19, we are offering Telehealth secure video call sessions for anyone struggling to thrive during these uncertain times. Our professional mental health specialists provide trauma-informed care and are trained to reduce the impact of post-traumatic stress, addictions, anxiety, depression, and more. We help clients functioning at sub-optimal mental health levels to establish goals and make gains using a variety of direct therapy techniques and coaching to help manage learn from home/work from home demands, prepare for return to previously enjoyed activities, and plan for successful return to workplace or school. 

 

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If you are concerned about your health with respect to COVID-19, please contact Health Links at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 for screening and direction to a testing location. 

Mental Health Direct Therapy

Our experienced Mental Health Occupational Therapists are medical professionals who have been formally trained in a variety of mental health and cognitive assessment methods, and conduct direct therapy sessions using a variety of therapeutic approaches.  We help our clients maintain employment or prepare for return to school or work following periods of sub-optimal mental and physical health. Our proven processes are built on timely communication with our customers, collaboration with the client's healthcare team, and providing evidenced-based therapy with clients to improve overall functioning and well-being.


Some of the techniques used by our team are: Behavioural Activation, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Goal Management Training, Relaxation and Mindfulness, Trauma Response and Exposure Therapy, and Progressive Goal Attainment Program.

Progressive Goal Attainment Program

Used as a structured treatment program for reducing disability associated with chronic health conditions, including mental health diagnoses.  PGAP is a standardized ten (10)-week intervention program whose goal is to maximize the rate of progress in rehabilitation and reduce the probability of the development of chronicity. PGAP is a suitable intervention for individuals with pain-related limitations who are in need of an active mobilization intervention and for whom psycho-social issues such as fear of re-injury or pessimistic outlook are considered to be important contributors to disability. PGAP focuses on disability reduction as opposed to pain reduction. Best results are seen with early intervention. Referrals can be made from 6 weeks post injury onward. PGAP’S return to work outcomes are 65-75%.


PGAP is suitable for clients who are suffering from a persistent pain condition, and for whom pain symptoms and psychosocial factors are significant barriers to rehabilitation progress. PGAP has produced positive results for individuals suffering from chronic musculoskeletal conditions, whiplash, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For further information on this exciting new service, please review the PGAP website at www.pdp-pgap.com


RETURN TO WORK COORDINATION


Our Occupational Therapists assist our clients in returning safely and timely back to work by outlining thoughtful return to work and graduated return to work plans, establishing clear targeted start and end dates, identifying cost effective workplace accommodations (physical, cognitive and mental health) and measure effectiveness of these employee accommodations. We liase with the employee and employer and insurer/funder throughout the return to work process to monitor progress and adjust the plan as required. Our proven processes are built on open communication, collaboration and a guiding person-environment-occupation model of practice.

WHEN TO MAKE A REFERRAL 

  • When an individual is “stuck” and has stopped making progress in their rehabilitation.
  • When you want to know what support services may be required to facilitate improved function and independence.
  • When symptoms interfere with meaningful activity engagement. 
  • When return to work is a goal and the individual requires support or skill development to prepare and transition back to work.