Building Resilience in PEI Adults with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder


We have a special program just for you! It is fully funded and designed to help adults like you who have Intellectual Disability (ID) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program is created by the Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living (PEI ACL) and Your Life Design Inc. (YLD),  and funded by the Prince Edward Island Alliance for Mental Well-being.

In this program, you can have up to six virtual sessions for free. Each session will last for 50 minutes and will be conducted online. Our team of professionals is here to support you with your mental health and  support you in managing behaviour.

If you need help with your mental health, we can provide counselling. If you need strategies to manage your behavior, we can help with that too. You can choose to have counselling sessions, behavior support sessions, or a combination of both.

We are excited to receive your application and provide you with the support you need to improve your mental well-being.

You (applicant):

  • Must be 18 years or older and experiencing mental health issues and/or in need of behavior support.
  • Must identify as having Intellectual Disability (ID) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Thank you for choosing Your Life Design Inc. We can’t wait to support you!

Evidence-Based Services

The Mental Health Therapists and Behaviour Support Services Providers have experience in working with individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing evidence-based therapy services, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and positive behavior support. We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality and effective mental health care, and we are committed to providing the best possible support to our participants.

How To Apply 

If you think this program can help you, please fill out our online application form by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below. We will review your application and contact you to schedule your sessions. We want to make the process easy and comfortable for you.

mental health counselling, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, behaviour support, free counselling, funded counselling, funded program, pei, canada,

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What happens in a virtual therapy or a behaviour support service session?

Answer: Virtual therapy or behaviour support service session is when you talk to a professional through a video. It’s like having a conversation with someone, but on the computer.

Question: How do I get ready for my virtual session?

Answer: Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted during your session. Make sure your internet connection is good. You can use Google Chrome to make it work the best.

Question: What will happen in my first virtual session?

Answer: In your first session, you will be asked questions to get to know you better. A counsellor might ask about what’s bothering you and what you want to work on. A behaviour support provider may ask if there is a specific behaviour you want to work on. They will explain what will happen during the six sessions of the program to see if it is a good fit for you.

Question: How often will I have virtual sessions?

Answer: Some people have virtual sessions every week, while others have it every other week. It depends on what you need and what works best for you.

Question: How long is each virtual therapy session?

Answer: Each session will last for 50 minutes. At the end of the session, you will talk about your goals and schedule your next session.

Question: Can I change my therapist or behaviour support provider if I don’t feel comfortable?

Answer: Yes, you can. It’s important to feel comfortable with your therapist or behaviour support provider. We will help you find someone who is a better fit for you.

Question: How much does this virtual service cost?

Answer: In this program, virtual therapy is free. You don’t have to pay anything for 6 sessions.

Question: How many sessions will I have?

Answer: You may have 1 session or you may have more if you wish, up to 6 free sessions.


Mental Health Counselling

Therapeutic Pathways: Nurturing Mental Health and Well-being

We will start by talking with you to understand your background, what’s bothering you, and what you want to change. We will also ask about your mental health history and how you’re feeling right now.

Then, we will teach you about mental health and share different ways to help you feel better. We will work together to set goals and make a plan for how to reach them. We will also teach you techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and other feelings that might be hard for you.

Social Skills and Communication

We will help you improve your social skills and how you communicate with others. We will practice talking and interacting with others in a positive way. We will also talk about how to build good relationships and manage any worries you might have.

Emotional Regulation and Self-Care

We will teach you how to understand and express your feelings in a healthy way. We will show you relaxation techniques and exercises to help you feel calm. We will also talk about the importance of taking care of yourself and make a plan for things you can do to feel good.

Review, Progress, and Future Planning

We will check in with you regularly to see how you’re doing and celebrate your progress. We will talk about any challenges you’re facing and help you find solutions. We will also make a plan for how to keep feeling good and support you in finding other resources if needed.

Behavior Support Service

Empower Plus: Enhancing Well-being through behaviour Support Strategies

We will start by working with you to understand your behavior and any challenges you may be facing. We will develop strategies and techniques to help you manage your behavior in a positive way. Our goal is to support you in making positive changes and reaching your full potential.

We know that everyone is unique and may require different approaches. That’s why we will tailor our support to meet your specific needs. Whether you need help with impulse control, anger management, or developing daily routines, we are here to assist you.

Our team of behaviour support providers have experience working with individuals who have Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will use evidence-based techniques, such as positive behavior support strategies, to help you succeed.

Throughout the program, we will regularly review your progress and make adjustments as needed. We want to ensure that you are continuously supported and making progress towards your goals.

Located and operated from:

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Located on the ancestral, unceded, and contemporary territory of the Mi'kmaq people of Epekwitk.