Welcome to Osanis

Whether you are searching for specific services or just exploring what is available, we welcome you to Osanis.

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.

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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.

Introduction

Osanis special needs counselling services are specialized on working with children six years and older, youth and adults with special needs as well as their families.

Locations

We offer sessions in our Victoria, BC and Campbell River, BC locations. We continue to expand our services to other Vancouver Island locations.

About Counselling

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.

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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 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 love 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:

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  • Anger Management Issues
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dual diagnosis (developmental and mental health condition)
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personal Injury
  • Trauma
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Free Consultation

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 an opportunity to confirm that we are the right service for you.

Sessions

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.

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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.

Fees

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  • Thirty minutes’ session for children $63.00 includes goods and services tax.
  • Sixty minutes’ session for adults $126.00 includes goods and services tax.
  • Ninety minutes’ session for couples, parent-teen and families $189.00 includes good and services tax.
  • Sliding scale may be available upon request. Sliding scale starts at 60% of the full fee. The consideration to implement a sliding scale is reviewed on a case-by-case bases.

Payments

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.

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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).

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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 an 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

If you are ready, let’s begin

Please contact us for a free consultation session.