What are Rehabilitation Psychologists?

By: Dr. Kim Saliba, Apr 07, 2020
Counselling & Psychotherapy, Your Milton Psychologist, Rehabilitation psychologists,

All About Rehabilitation Psychologists

Rehabilitation psychologists at New Leaf Psychology Centre provide services to individuals who are coping with chronic illness (e.g. chronic pain), have experienced a traumatic event (e.g. workplace injury, motor-vehicle accident, robbery), are adjusting to a new medical diagnosis or physical injury, or work in high risk settings (e.g. police officers, firefighters, military/veterans, corrections officers).

Rehabilitation psychologists address a wide range of common concerns during treatment, including;

  • Managing physical symptoms such as chronic pain
  • Adjusting to new physical limitations
  • Coping with grief and loss
  • Dealing with trauma symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance, increased startle, avoidance of situations related to the trauma
  • Anxiety and sadness, including stress, fears, depression, loss of interest, hopelessness, poor sleep, appetite changes
  • Return to work planning, including modified duties
  • Stressors associated with the navigation of the legal and insurance systems

Associates with New Leaf Psychology Centre also offer therapy for family members who are adjusting and coming to terms with the injury of their loved one, or may be struggling with their own related anxieties and distress.

The services of a psychologist may be covered by an insurance provider, particularly if you sustained an accident while driving or at work. We offer free consultations for individuals who are uncertain as to whether or not they might qualify for compensation to cover treatment. You may also wish to contact a personal injury lawyer or read more about personal injury online (the following website has useful information but should not be considered an endorsement).

Dr. Saliba has earned her Ph.D. in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and is completing registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Saliba has trained at the Hospital for Sick Children, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Along her work at the practice, she is currently working as a psychoeducational consultant at the Upper Grand District School Board. Dr. Saliba’s previous experiences include a variety of school, hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings.

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