Arden McGregor, M.A., C. Psych., CBIST
Arden McGregor, M.A., C. Psych., CBIST
Executive Director / Psychologist
Phone: (705) 787-7500, ext. 202
Toll Free: (877) 421-7575, ext. 202
Email: [email protected]

Meet Arden

After working in community-based rehab for over 10 years, Arden followed her heart and founded Brainworks in 2003, where she continues to serve both clinically and as Executive Director. Through Brainworks, we get the honour to help clients cope with serious injury, and face the challenges that come with it head on.

Arden McGregor fondly remembers the moment that sparked what would become her lifelong interest in rehabilitation. “When I was a teenager,” Arden explains, “I became qualified as a swim instructor and spent countless hours at the pool. One of my most special memories is of “Anne,” a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Arden remembers Anne’s longing to learn how to dive. I will never forget the way her whole face exploded out of the water with the joy she felt having successfully completed her first dive. Her exhilaration is forever imprinted on my mind. The thrill I got from being part of her joyful accomplishment changed me.” Despite this rewarding experience occurring many years prior to Arden choosing rehabilitation as her career path, she says she knew at that moment that whatever she would be doing, she would dedicate her life to helping others achieve what was most important to them.

Arden’s Practice Areas

All treatment begins with an assessment. Arden uses a combination of reliable and valid techniques and tools to complete psychological and general rehabilitation assessments. Arden takes the information gathered from the assessment and weaves it into a comprehensive and complete picture that guides recommendations and treatment.
Arden offers counseling as well as innovative rehabilitation programming to address cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial concerns resulting from serious injuries. She has extensive experience treating conditions associated with brain injury, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress and depression.
In all cases, Arden, a member of the College of Psychologists clinically directs treatment programming. However, when required and requested, specially trained rehabilitation therapists are sometimes utilized for those clients that are aware of psychological strategies, but do not demonstrate the ability to apply them independently. In this case, the client receives hands–on, direct instruction and support from the rehabilitation therapist in order to functionally integrate the psychological strategies into their day-to-day life. When Arden uses rehabilitation therapists, they serve as an adjunct, not an alternative to the psychologist.
Arden loves to untangle complicated clinical situations. When you don’t know where to begin, or you don’t know what to do next, call Arden. She will work hard to understand your unique situation, and help blaze a path forward.

Arden’s Bio

A Selection of Arden’s Publications

eRehabilitation: An Emergent Tool in Rehab Service Delivery
Advances in internet technology, creative interfaces and evidence-based therapies are combining to propel healthcare to levels only dreamed of. “The motive behind the use of this technology is to maintain the essential qualities of the health-care interaction, while improving access by overcoming barriers such as economics, culture, climate, and geography,” (Rees, 2004). The dominant theme of therapy is so often to examine and collaboratively develop solutions rather than allowing any one barrier to prohibit progress.
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The Hype with Skype: The ethics of providing online therapy.
Can it be that simple – to forgo the traditional face-to-face therapy visit and make use of rehabilitation services online? The scope of the rehabilitation field is as broad as it is deep and requires the integration of a variety of schools, theories and disciplines. As rehabilitation tools become more sophisticated to meet the demands of the twenty-first century, so does the process of therapeutic delivery.
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Stubborn Bedfellows, Sleep and Mental Health
Mental health and sleep disturbance: Are they two sides of the same coin? We would argue yes. How does that help us? When mental health is examined we must also, with equal vehemence, assess sleep, as they are integrally related. Of all the mental health disorders associated with sleep disturbances, depression is the most common.
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