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During Mental Health Week, CBI Health is acknowledging the clients we have helped at home through Virtual Care / Telehealth services who are facing different mental health issues. This includes providing psychotherapy services to clients such as *Dev, who our team in Mississauga, Ontario treated for depressive symptoms and helped get back to work after an injury.

Dev was referred to CBI Health due to a shoulder injury that caused pain in his arm which resulted in depression. The injury left him unable to sleep, eat, shower, shave, or do any chores around his house. Most notably, he was upset that he could no longer play his guitar, which was a huge part of his life as he played in bands and performed regularly on weekends.

A CBI Health psychotherapist assessed Dev and discovered his pain was causing him to feel extremely frustrated, angry and bitter, and that these emotions were affecting his relationship with his family. They noted his negative thoughts about his self-worth and his feelings of failure.

Dev told them that he felt like crying and worried about his job as he felt he could not perform his duties at the same level as before the injury. He feared he would be unable to go back to work—his job was in tech and required a very high level of attention to detail as well as the ability to carry computer equipment. He stressed about being able to lift anything due to the limited use of his arm. As a result, he feared that his employer would fire him, and his colleagues would look down on him.

His psychotherapist had phone sessions with Dev, where they worked on making him feel validated, valued, respected. They used Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy techniques to identify Dev’s triggers and worked on getting him to accept his thoughts with breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness techniques. His team also gave him adaptive exercises to do at home for his arm and created a Gradual Return to Work plan.

Since receiving treatment, Dev has demonstrated improved motivation, consistent adherence to his exercise routines, improvement with his daily living activities, and reduced anxiety. He says he is feeling more productive and good about himself and is even starting to slowly play the guitar again.

He officially began his Gradual Return to Work plan this week and has resumed some of his job duties remotely.

*Client’s name has been changed