Now providing virtual sessions all over Ontario
My extensive experience and expertise involve working with refugees who have been tortured, prosecuted, or fled violence. I also am an immigrant and went through the process of immigration.
In the event that you have experienced trauma, including genital mutilation, partner violence, political, religious, or war-related tortures, or persecution based on sexual and gender identity issues (LGBTQI+), or gender-based violence, I can help you process those horrific experiences.
You may be unfamiliar with counselling and psychotherapy, but they are powerful tools that can help you generally deal with trauma and improve the quality of your life.
Also, I provide mental health evaluations and assessments or forensic assessments to support refugee claims, appeals, Pre-removal risk assessments, and Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) applications. I am qualified to perform these assessments. I am trained to conduct VAWA evaluations, asylum evaluations and hardship evaluations.
In addition, I attend IRB hearings to support you during this stressful time.
All services are free if you qualify for Interim Federal Health Plans.
Call me today for a free consultation and find out how I can help you resettle as smoothly as possible in Canada.
Here is the link to Immigration Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship.html
Refugees and asylum seekers often face delayed mental health services, treatment, and care due to systemic barriers. Delays in treatment and care can increase the impact of resettlement services and may lead to poor long-term outcomes.
A Quick Guide for Immigrants Navigating the Canadian Immigration Process
Welcome to this informative video about Canadian Immigration Psychosocial Evaluation with a focus on the services provided by Mego Nerses, a licensed psychotherapist based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Today, we will discuss the importance of these evaluations and how they can greatly impact your immigration process. Let's dive in.
WHAT IS CANADIAN IMMIGRATION Psychosocial EVALUATION?
Canadian Immigration Psychosocial Evaluation is a professional assessment of an individual's mental health and emotional well-being as it relates to their immigration case. This evaluation is often required by immigration authorities or immigration lawyers to provide evidence of the impact of trauma on the refugee claimants.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Undergoing a Psychosocial evaluation is critical because it helps identify any emotional challenges or mental health concerns that may impact on your testimony during your immigration hearing.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE EVALUATION?
At Mego Nerses' psychotherapy practice, the evaluation process begins with an in-depth discussion about the client's background, trauma experiences, and any concerns related to their immigration case. This is followed by a series of tests and assessments designed to evaluate their mental health and emotional well-being. The results of these evaluations are then used to offer personalized support and guidance for dealing with any identified challenges.
BENEFITS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
Psychotherapy offers numerous benefits for individuals going through the immigration process. These include improved mental health, reduced stress and anxiety, increased self-awareness, and enhanced coping skills. Mego Nerses is an experienced psychotherapist who specializes in providing compassionate and effective therapy for clients facing immigration-related issues.
Mego Nerses is a dedicated and professional psychotherapist who understands the unique challenges faced by immigrants. With years of experience, Mego offers personalized support and guidance to help clients overcome their emotional challenges and successfully navigate the immigration process.
Who can conduct immigration evaluations?
Any licensed mental health professional who is trained in conducting these evaluations. These evaluations are not a typical psychological evaluation conducted by a psychologist.
Is the cost covered under insurance?
Yes, if you are eligible for the Interim Federal Health Plans, the evaluation is free of charge. However, you need to get a referral from any medical professional for assessment. If you are not eligible, then you have to pay privately.
How many kinds of evaluation exist?
There are evaluation specific to torture survivors, violence against women, LGBTQI evaluations, war trauma evaluation. Also, specific evaluation for Humanitarian and compassionate application and Pre-removal risk assessment evaluation.
Thank you for watching this video about Canadian Immigration Psychosocial Evaluation and the services offered by Mego Nerses, a psychotherapist based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. If you or someone you know is in need of Psychosocial support during the immigration process, don't hesitate to reach out to Mego Nerses. Visit megonerses.com or call the practice to schedule an appointment today.
I provide client-centered, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive and linguistically appropriate services, including individual and group therapy. The health consequences of torture and refugee trauma are multifaceted, and include physical, emotional, and social dimensions.
An immigration evaluation is a psychosocial assessment conducted by a licensed and trained mental health professional to evaluate an individual’s mental health status in relation to their immigration case. These evaluations are typically done at the request of immigration lawyers or government officials to determine whether an individual is able to handle the stress and demands of immigration or to assess whether an individual has a mental health condition that would make them eligible for asylum or other forms of relief.
The evaluation may include an assessment of the individual’s current mental health status, as well as a review of their past mental health history. Childhood history, relationships, employment, traumas they experienced. The evaluator may also administer psychological tests, conduct interviews, and review relevant medical and legal records. The evaluator will then provide a written report of their findings and opinions to the immigration lawyer or government official who requested the evaluation.
The evaluation can take up to 6 hours in complex cases.
An immigration evaluation may be requested in cases where an individual has a history of mental health issues or has experienced trauma related to their country of origin. The evaluation may also be requested in cases where an individual has been diagnosed with a mental health condition that may make them eligible for asylum or other forms of relief.
It’s important to note that immigration evaluations can be complex, and it is important to work with a qualified mental health professional who has experience in this area.
It’s important to note that the specific type of evaluation conducted will depend on the individual’s circumstances, the type of immigration case they are involved in, and the specific questions or concerns that need to be addressed.
An evaluation for refugees, newcomers, survivors of torture, and immigrants is a psychological assessment conducted by a licensed mental health professional to evaluate an individual’s mental health status in relation to their refugee, newcomer, survivor of torture, or immigrant status. The evaluation may be requested by immigration lawyers or government officials, or may be initiated by the individual themselves.
The evaluation typically includes an assessment of the individual’s current mental health status, as well as a review of their past mental health history. The evaluator may also administer psychological tests, conduct interviews, and review relevant medical and legal records. The evaluator will then provide a written report of their findings and opinions.
The goal of the evaluation is to determine if the individual has a mental health condition that may be related to their refugee, newcomer, survivor of torture, or immigrant status, and to assess the potential impact of these experiences on their mental health. This can help determine if an individual has a need for mental health treatment and support, as well as if they may be eligible for any forms of relief such as asylum, refugee, or humanitarian protection.
It’s important to note that these evaluations can be complex, and it is important to work with a qualified mental health professional who has experience in this area.
The immigration evaluation process can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the type of evaluation being conducted. However, some general steps that may be involved in the process include:
It’s important to note that the specific process may differ depending on the context, type of evaluation and the professional conducting the evaluation. The duration of the evaluation process can also vary, but it usually takes several days to several weeks to complete.
The information included in an evaluation report will vary depending on the specific circumstances and the type of evaluation being conducted. However, some general information that may be included in the report includes:
It’s important to note that the specific information included in the report will depend on the context, type of evaluation and the professional conducting the evaluation. The report will be written in an objective and professional manner, and the evaluator will take care to protect the individual’s privacy and confidentiality throughout the process.
Referrals are self-made or referred by an immigration lawyer or other professionals.
No, there are often no follow-up services after an evaluation. The evaluator should not be in conflict of interest with the client to provide therapy after the evaluation. However, at the end of the evaluation, the professional who conducted the evaluation will typically provide feedback to the client and any relevant parties (such as a referring therapist) about the results of the evaluation. This may include an interpretation of the results, recommendations for further treatment or support services, and any other relevant information.
It can take up to 6 hours
The interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees would cover the cost if you are eligible for the coverage. Otherwise, it is paid privately or by your immigration lawyer’s office.
Once the evaluation is sent to your lawyer, you need to discuss with the lawyer how they will use it in court. The evaluation does not guarantee any outcome. It can help but also it may not help.
For the time being, we will be conducting appointments exclusively through virtual means.
Thank you for your understanding.
I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.
In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca
Early in my professional career, I specialized in individual therapy and served clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD and grief. Since then, I have taken my clinical work to a higher level and gained expertise in four areas: PTSD and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Sex and Relationship Therapy, and Refugee mental health issues. I have received various trainings in these areas since choosing to specialize. As an example, I received training from Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts. Furthermore, I have completed multiple trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy and relationship therapy (Poly. Kink). I have participated in numerous training opportunities in the field of sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity.
I am a LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive and informed therapist.
In addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.
In recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.