We are so grateful to find Epilepsy Simcoe County. We were so confused with that we were reading on the net; Shawna sent us information that cut through the clutter and helped us make the right decisions.”~ Local mom
Please note that all intake sessions are virtual or by phone at this time.
While our services are free, we do accept online donations.
Welcome to Epilepsy Simcoe County!
We understand that – no matter where you are in your journey – you’re on this website because you’re looking for answers.
Please know that we are here to help.
One of our main goals at ESC is to help cut away the clutter of information that you’re getting from various sources. We’re here to streamline your journey so that you are able to make fully educated decisions.
You do not need to be referred to be seen by us, and there is no charge to use our services.
Once you book an appointment with us, you’ll come in to our office and we will conduct an intake (which will last approximately 60 minutes). You do not need to bring anything with you. During the intake, we will ask you questions to learn more about where you are in your journey.
Once we’ve completed our questions, we will spend time educating you on such things as seizure first-aid, employment, questions to ask your healthcare professional, strategies & tips, and more. Depending on where you are in your journey, and whether or not your seizures are controlled, we may refer to outside services to best meet your needs.
After the Intake
During the appointment, you’ll be given information on our free Information Sessions as well as our Support Groups. You’re encouraged to attend these often, as the information you receive (from both our Public Educators as well as other individuals who have epilepsy) can provide you with peace-of-mind.
You will also be invited to participate in our free 8-week UPLIFT Program. Research has shown that UPLIFT participants have improved depression, anxiety, and psychological quality-of-life – even a full year after they have finished the program. This is a free program for a small group (5 to 8 individuals) 18 years old age and older. Participants meet virtually / by phone for one hour per week.
If you feel stuck at any time, you’re encouraged to book an appointment to come back in – or book a phone call with us. As epilepsy looks different in each person, we know that you’ll likely need a few follow-up visits with us in order to get you on the path that’s right for you.
It is always recommended that you book an appointment instead of dropping in to see us. We want to ensure that we give your appointment it’s full attention, and it will help us best prepare if we know you’re coming.