After an motor vehicle accident, psychological assessment and counselling can give you the support needed towards achieving mental wellness and regaining a sense of control in your life.
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be challenging and confusing. Aside from dealing with any physical injuries you, or your loved ones, may have experienced from the car accident, there may be other changes you notice, such as:
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Altered sleep routines
- Altered mood state (e.g. feeling emotionally low, anxious, irritable, etc.)
- Difficulty with concentration, focus and memory
- Increase in stress
Following an accident, these experiences are normal. However, they may have significant impact on your mental health and your ability to achieve quality of life.
How can counselling help?
Through counselling with a mental health professional, you can gain support towards achieving mental wellness and regaining a sense of control in your life through:
- Helping you identify the changes and challenges you are experiencing,
- Advocating for your identified needs,
- Providing strategies to help you positively manage the changes and challenges, and
- Supporting you towards your goals
How do I access counselling treatment?
After contacting us, our Clinical Director of MVA Services (a Registered Psychological Associate) will proceed with the following:
- Telephone pre-screen interview
- Application to your auto insurer to fund a complete psychological assessment (based on the results of the pre-screen interview)
- Complete in-person psychological assessment (pending funding approval from your auto-insurer)
- Communication to you of your diagnosis and recommended treatment plan
- Submission of a report to your auto insurer based on the psychological assessment, to request funding for the recommended treatment plan
- Connection with an appropriate mental health professional to carry out the treatment plan
Meet the Clinical Director
Irina MurariuDirector of MVA Program, M.A., C.Psych. Assoc.
I am a Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice) with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I completed undergraduate studies in psychology and I have an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. I have practiced counselling and therapy for more than 15 years in private settings, community centers and industrial/organizational milieus. I have a broad experience in the assessment and treatment of adults suffering from the consequences of personal injury.
I attended workshops, seminars and congresses on topics of interest in clinical, counselling and rehabilitation psychology, such as depression, trauma and pain. I completed short-term trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma and Mindfulness, as well as Integrative Psychotherapy.
I provide services to adolescents, adults and couples, using an eclectic approach that integrates ideas from various theoretical frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, as well as Person Centered, Experiential, Short-Term Dynamic, Interpersonal or Mindfulness perspectives. My areas of interest/practice are depression, anxiety, trauma, pain, stress and anger management. I work with clients face to face and through online counselling.
I strongly believe in each individual’s potential to grow and promote change from within in a supportive, non-judgemental and positive therapeutic environment that leads to collaborative goals and a well-customized helping relationship.