HELP AFTER ACCIDENT (MVA)
Dealing with the aftermath of a motor-vehicle accident (MVA) can be challenging and confusing. Many individuals experience a significant increase in stressors, which may include physical pain, limitations in their ability to carry out regular activities, relationship difficulties, job loss, and financial strain.
Common psychological difficulties following an accident include depressed mood, irritability, persistent anxiety or worry, feelings of frustration and stress, intrusive thoughts or memories of the accident, fear of driving, sleep disturbance, loss
of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and social withdrawal. While the physical effects are easy to identify, the psychological effects are not as visible, and are often neglected and left untreated.
If you have been involved in a car accident, a comprehensive assessment can determine the nature and severity of your psychological difficulties, and whether or not you would benefit from psychotherapy. Rehabilitation therapy can help you cope with stress, restore mental wellness, and regain a sense of control in your life. The specific therapeutic approach will depend on your presenting concerns, as well as many other factors. If, because of your accident, you have developed symptoms of depression, your rehabilitation will include the strategies typically used in therapy for depression. If you have been struggling with symptoms of anxiety since the accident, which may include fear of driving or travelling as a passenger in a vehicle, these symptoms will be addressed with the appropriate strategies used in therapy for anxiety.
At Better Self – Psychotherapy & Counselling, your psychological assessment will be done by a Registered Psychologist, who can assign diagnoses and provide recommendations for treatment. Following the assessment, your psychotherapy will be provided by a Registered Psychotherapist. These services can be funded directly by your auto insurer.
The process will begin with a screening interview, which will take approximately 15-20 minutes. The purpose of this interview is to determine if, as a result of your motor-vehicle accident, you have developed notable psychological difficulties that require a proper psychological assessment and treatment. Based on the information you provide during this interview, an OCF-18 form will be submitted to your auto insurance provider requesting that you be approved for a psychological assessment. If your insurance adjuster approves this request, you will then be invited to participate in a proper psychological evaluation, which will include a longer interview, this time with a psychologist, and psychometric testing. Following your psychological evaluation, a report will be submitted to your insurer, along with another OCF-18 form, this time requesting that you be approved for a recommended number of therapy sessions. Once approved, you will begin your psychotherapy.
Please note that in most cases this process should be initiated at least 3-4 weeks after your motor-vehicle accident. During the first few weeks following the accident, your therapy can be covered by your extended-healthcare insurance or paid for out of pocket. Your stress and other psychological symptoms may subside after a few weeks, and you may realize that you do not require a lengthy course of psychological treatment. In either case, psychotherapy can help you deal with the consequences of your accident more effectively.