About us
What We Do

Adult Services

ABOUT

Our Adult Services team strives to empower our clients with the resources and tools they need to cope with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and to improve their quality of life.

We provide support and counselling to adults with epilepsy and their family/caregivers. We aim to provide services that are collaborative and person-centered in a warm and accepting environment. If you require support, at any time, please reach out. We are here for you!

You can contact our Director of Adult Services, Rosie Smith at: rsmith@epilepsytoronto.org or (416) 964-9095 x216

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family posing at the Purple Walk

OUR SERVICES

We provide counselling and services to adults, their partners, families, and caregivers who are living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Some of the issues we help our members with include (but are not limited to):

  • Psychoeducation for epilepsy & functional seizures
  • Preparing for surgery
  • Helping clients navigate the health care system
  • Depression, anxiety and self-esteem
  • Dealing with stigma
  • Developing coping skills
  • Goal setting
  • Communication (anger, assertiveness, etc.)

Our counsellors will conduct an intake session to learn more about you and then will recommend further services to best meet your needs. To request an intake session or talk to one of our counsellors, please contact Rosie Smith: rsmith@epilepsytoronto.org or (416) 964-9095 x216

To learn more about our services, upcoming workshops and support groups, and to stay up-to-date with the latest Epilepsy Toronto news, sign up for our monthly Adult Services ENews.

 

In addition to our counselling services, please see below to learn more about some of our ongoing support groups that we offer our members.

SUPPORT GROUPS

People with epilepsy and seizure disorders often express feelings of isolation because oftentimes, they don’t know many (or any) other people who experience seizures. Our groups provide individuals with a shared sense of support and connection.

  • Adults with Epilepsy
  • Professionals Living with Epilepsy
  • Partners and Family Members of People Living with Epilepsy
  • Parents of Young Children living with Epilepsy
  • Parents of Teens living with Epilepsy
  • Parents of Adults living with Epilepsy
  • Friday Recreation Group
  • Surgery Support Group
  • Expecting and New Parent Support Group

To join any of our Support Groups you first need to have an intake session with one of our counsellors. For more information on any of our support groups please Click HERE.

UPLIFT

UPLIFT stands for Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts.

You may not be formally diagnosed with anxiety or depression but find yourself stressed and overwhelmed by the impact of seizures on either yourself, or a family member who you care for. This evidence-based 8-week mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)  group for people impacted by epilepsy and depression/anxiety can help you. For more information on UPLIFT, please click HERE.

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SOCIALLY DISTANT SOCIAL CLUB

Are you craving some social time with old friends, or a chance to make some new ones? Join John Spataro, on Thursdays at 7pm for an online Socially Distant Social Club. A chance to connect with other members of the Epilepsy Toronto community, engage in lively conversations, catch up with old friends or maybe make new ones.  In this time of physical distancing – the need for connection has never been greater – so come drop in on us! Email John to RSVP: john@epilepsytoronto.org

MINDFUL MONDAYS

Epilepsy Toronto presents Mindful Mondays with Michael Alex. 

Mindful Mondays is taught by yoga instructor, Michael Alex. He comes with many years’ of experience teaching various yoga types and has a personal connection to epilepsy. He is passionate about making yoga accessible and helping participants build strength, mobility, balance and get curious about how to practice in ways which speak to their own unique bodies and minds.

Email Michael to RSVP: michaelalexyoga@gmail.com