After a workplace injury or accident, psychological assessment and counselling can support you in returning to physical and mental wellness.
An injury in the workplace can be a traumatic and frightening event. Quite often, people are unprepared for the emotional and mental health impact that the experience can have on their daily lives.
It is common to feel down, even anxious. Worries about the future, unanswered questions regarding finances and security, can become a daily distraction. You might even notice that your eating habits have changed, or that you are sleeping more, or much less, than usual. Sometimes these concerns cause people to start avoiding friends, family and activities they once enjoyed; isolating themselves because they no longer take pleasure in socializing. Such changes, although common, can cause additional stress and related mental health challenges. While these experiences are normal following an injury, they are not to be taken lightly when they are interfering with your quality of life.
How does counselling help?
Through counselling, a mental health professional can support you in returning to physical and mental wellness through:
- Helping you identify the challenges you are experiencing,
- Advocating for your needs,
- Providing you with information, education and strategies to resolve or manage the challenges, and
- Supporting you towards your goals
How do I access counselling after a workplace accident?
Our Clinical Director of WSIB Services, a Registered Psychological Associate, will contact WSIB on your behalf to inquire about your eligibility for psychological assessment. If WSIB approves the assessment, the Psychologist will contact you to arrange for an in-person assessment. You will meet with the Psychologist who will conduct a clinical interview, observation, and administer some psychological test materials. With the information gathered during the assessment, the Registered Psychologist will communicate your diagnosis to you, and advise you of their recommended treatment plan. The Registered Psychologist will write a psychological report, a copy of which will be provided to you, and submit the report to WSIB to request funding for the recommended treatment plan.
If WSIB approves the treatment, Dalton Associates will connect you with one of our therapists in your community, to begin your treatment plan.
Meet the Clinical Director
Kathi JanusiakDirector of WSIB Services, M.A., C.Psych. Assoc.
Kathi is a Registered Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Since obtaining her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, she has worked mainly in private practice and has over 14 years of experience providing assessment and treatment services particularly in the context of WSIB, MVA and LTD referred clients. At present, she provides a full range of psychological services (diagnostic assessment and treatment) to those experiencing various disorders including chronic pain, depression, PTSD, OCD and specific phobia.