Counselling After A Bike Crash

After a serious bike crash, individuals may develop post-traumatic stress and/or a phobia of getting back on a bike again. If this occurs, cyclists may want to seek the help of a professional counsellor.

Anyone looking for a counsellor should have a preliminary talk to assess the counsellor and see if they will be a “good fit”. It’s always a good idea to meet face-to-face.

Some very basic things to look for when choosing a counsellor:

  • That he/she fully respects your feelings around what happened, and doesn’t focus on the accident in a way that belittles the trauma that it’s caused you
  • Do you feel comfortable with this person, do you feel you can trust him/her?
  • Can you afford him/her?
  • A word-of-mouth recommendation from someone who knows you well and who’s judgement you trust is often a good way to find an appropriate therapist. There are also a number of centres in Toronto that you can contact, who will listen to your concerns and then make referrals based on your needs.

Here are a few places that can make appropriate referrals:

  • Family Services Association of Toronto 416-595-9618 (fees are based on income)
  • The Women’s Counselling Referral & Education Centre (WCREC) 416-534-7501 (refers women to therapists in private practice, some of the therapists will take clients for free or at a very low rate)
  • Regional Women’s Health Centre, 790 Bay Street, 8th Floor, 416-586-0211 (provides group and individual counselling, free, women only)
  • York Counselling and Development Centre (CDC), 145 Behavioural Sciences Building, 416-736-5297 (free, York students only)
  • U of T Counselling & Learning Skills Centre (CALSS), 214 College St, 1st Flr, 416-978-7970 (free, U of T students only)

Two counsellors who have experience working with male and female clients who’re experiencing post-traumatic stress disorders: