Counselling & Consultation Services

I am a Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW), who provides counselling and consultations for those with concerns surrounding mental health and substance-use. My experience is in supporting those with mood-related disorders, anxiety and trauma-related disorders, substance-use concerns, acute crisis, and general decline in bio-psycho-social well-being. I have several years of clinical experience assisting critically ill or injured persons with Basic Life Support, as a Primary Care Paramedic; under controlled delegation by physician and through the Nova Scotia College Of Paramedics. During that time I developed crisis management skills, assisting those with concurrent disorders and managing life threatening symptoms, while building a bio-psycho-social perspective. I have growing experience with case management, structures relapse prevention, harm reduction, overdose/withdrawal management, and other mental health practices through frontline work.

I also provide harm reduction services, crisis intervention, social services and overdose response at two supervised Injection Sites in the City of Toronto.  I teach CPR, first-aid, Basic Life Support skills, Mental Health First Aid and various other mental health-related workshops. I use my experience to inform organizations enhancing addiction and mental health awareness and organizational capacity to support the struggles faced by so many. My clinical practice as a paramedic combined with being a practicing member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) has promoted an open-minded, empathetic and trauma-informed approach to caring for clients. 

I also provide training, mental health resources, and crisis support while volunteering with Boots On The Ground; the 24/7 service available to any First Responder who is in crisis or need of resources:

Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW)

Addiction & Mental Health Worker (AMHW)

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP, A-EMCA)

Health Promotion Harm Reduction Worker

Instructor for C.P.R., First-Aid, & Mental Health First-Aid

Cannabis Health & Wellness Advocate

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This is a presentation that I created for my fellow paramedics while working in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). I decided to record it to share with as many first responders and healthcare workers as possible. I created this around two real life calls that I responded to, involving patients in acute psychosis. I intended it to be used as a lesson in using evidence-based crisis intervention and harm reduction tactics proven to enhance patient/provider safety.

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