Welcome to Osanis
Whether you are searching for specific services or just exploring what is available, we welcome you to Osanis. We provide special needs counselling services in Victoria, Sooke, Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Campbell River, Tofino-Ucluelet and Port Alberni.
Reasons to Choose Osanis
First and foremost, our goal at Osanis is that our services respect and support your rights for safety, well being, dignity and self-determination.
We appreciate and welcome that you and/or your family, and in some instances your support team, have the greatest levels of knowledge and understanding about your unique situation.Read More
Every client is special and every circumstance is exceptional to us. Being born with special needs has its unique set of difficulties. Similarly, acquiring a special need as a result of an accident or illness can have heavy physical, emotional, social and financial strains for all concern.
Family members and caregivers who love and support those with special needs take on great responsibilities. Osanis is mindful that those caring helpers are often very busy people who likely must balance multiple competing priorities. We understand that those responsibilities can be overwhelming at times.
Our services are designed to bring to light, and make use of, your individual abilities, strengths, relevant life experiences and resources in order to help you create new opportunities for change that you have identified as meaningful and desirable.
Life’s journey holds difficulties, and sometimes the challenges are too great to face alone. Osanis is here to help you in every way possible.
Osanis special needs counselling services are specialized in working with children six years and older, youth and adults with special needs as well as their families and caregivers. Special needs are primarily related to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and acquired brain injury.
We offer sessions in our Victoria, BC and other Vancouver Island urban locations. We continue to expand our services to other Vancouver Island locations.
Counselling is in practical terms a purposeful and safe process that helps individuals achieve change. Change is at the heart of counselling. Change can mean many things. People can seek change for many reasons.Read More
People may want to improve their physical or mental health, overcome a stressful situation, gain insight into a past or present challenging life event, acquire tools that could enhance relationships with others or increase the overall quality of life. Counselling is a personal experience that depends to some degree on the relationship with your counsellor. It is important for you to find a counsellor that works in a way that is effective for you. Ultimately, counselling is an investment in yourself or your loved one. At Osanis, we believe that everyone is worth such an investment.
Areas of Support
By working alongside you, you can expect gentle, respectful, efficient, friendly and specialized support in the following areas of practice:View all areas of support
- Behavioral problems (e.g. impulse control, anger management, risky actions, etc.)
- Elementary, middle and high school special needs designated students’ problems (e.g. IEP, etc.)
- Couples and families with special needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, and Intellectual Disability as well as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
- Disorders and Acquired Brain Injury) problems
- Individuals and families who have experienced trauma
We offer an initial one-hour free consultation session for the purpose of discussing your issues of concern and/or goals. This time provides you with an opportunity to confirm that we are the right service for you.
We offer individual, couples, parent-teen and family sessions. We offer thirty minutes’ sessions to children, sixty minutes’ sessions to adults, and ninety minutes’ sessions to couples, parent-teen and families.
Online (Cyber) Counselling
We offer online counselling. Online counselling is not suitable for everyone. Your specific situation needs to be reviewed to ensure that you will receive what you need via this format.Read More
Generally speaking, you will need a high-speed broadband internet connection, a good resolution web camera (VGA quality or better), a microphone and speakers, and an area in your home where you can speak privately and safely. We utilize Skype, Google Talk or Face Time.
People paying for their own service are expected to follow the agreed payment schedule.
Payments are accepted in the form of cash, cheque, automatic deposits or Interac e-Transfers.
Insurance and Third-Party Coverage
BC Medical Service Plan does not cover counselling services.Read More
Some extended health benefits and other insurance plans will cover counselling services from a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Please consult with your insurance provider.
Provincial government employees generally have plans that cover counselling services offered by a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Please consult with your employer.
Osanis is an approved service provider with various Employment Assistant Programs. Please contact us to find out whether Osanis is approved by your EAP.
Approved Service Provider For Publicly Funded Services
Osanis is an approved service provider with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).Read More
Please call 1-800-317-7878 to access funding for FNHA Mental Health Services.
Please call 1-877-477-0775 to access funding for FNHA Indian and Residential School Mental Health Support Program.
Osanis is an approved service provider with The Crime Victim Assistance Program. Please call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 and request Osanis as your service provider. For more information on the program please go to this link http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc
Osanis is an approved service provider with the Autism Funding Program for children six years and older. Please call 1-877-777-3530 or please go to this link: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/managing-your-health/autism/autism_handbook_parents_guide.pdf