Functional Rehabilitation Counsellor

Jessica Rickus

I am a Registered Kinesiologist in good standing with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.  I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University.  For over 6 years, I have worked with a diverse population experiencing chronic difficulties or disorders, and have worked in a number of different settings including:

  • Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario
  • Student Health Education Center Peer-Support and Outreach Committee
  • McMaster Center for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy Assistance
  • McMaster Center for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation – MacWheelers Assistant

At JMA, we work with a broad client population, which often includes individuals with difficulties that are interfering with their overall level of functioning.  Our goal is to assist these individuals with goal setting, increasing daily functioning, engaging in cardiovascular exercise, resuming meaningful activities, and returning to work (if applicable).  At times, I work as part of an interdisciplinary team under the supervision of our consulting psychologist.  I have received thorough training and have extensive experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Activation (BA) and in the development and implementation of exercise programs, both inside and outside of the workplace.

In the past I have been involved in carrying out rehabilitative and/or behavioural counselling, both as part of an interdisciplinary team and independently, always ensuring collaboration and communication with my clients’ other health care providers when needed.

In my current position at JMA, I am usually the first person to meet a new client.  When working independently, my role is to conduct a brief screening that includes a structured interview designed to provide us with a biopsychosocial perspective on an individual’s current functional barriers, and to provide recommendations for rehabilitative or behavioural counselling that is then carried out by another professional with our service.

When working as part of an interdisciplinary team, I work closely with a psychologist in assisting with various components of the assessment, including the gathering of information, signing of consents, note taking, functional assessments or assessments of daily living, and the administration of a variety of psychological and vocational inventories.  These are interpreted by a licensed psychologist.  The psychologist summarizes all of the information gathered during the assessment and provides treatment recommendations in a written assessment report.

To maintain a healthy work-life balance, I engage in and enjoy travelling, physical activity and sports, shopping, listening to music, spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


J Marlin and Associates Inc. offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services to help individuals increase their sense of vitality, well-being, and fulfillment.

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