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UBC provides alcohol and drug counselling

Therapy available at UBC Okanagan clinic

UBC Okanagan’s Psychology Clinic is offering a new service to the community.

Under the direction of registered psychologist Zach Walsh, the clinic is offering a problematic substance use clinic for anyone who feels they may need help with their use of alcohol or other drugs.

Zach Walsh, associate professor of psychology and expert in the field of addictions.

Zach Walsh, associate professor of psychology and expert in the field of addictions.

The clinic is a low-barrier outpatient treatment service for people seeking help to reduce harm associated with their use of alcohol or other substances, explains Walsh, an associate professor of psychology and expert in the field of addictions.

“The clinic will fill a crucial gap in the community for people who want to cut down or quit their use of alcohol and other drugs, but who don’t feel they are a good match for residential treatment or inpatient detox,” says Walsh. “We will be using state-of-the-art treatments to address alcohol and drug problems from a harm-reduction perspective.”

The treatment team will develop individualized intervention plans using approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing to help clients attain their substance use goals. Walsh will supervise graduate students as they treat incoming clients.

People are welcome to contact the clinic by phone at 250-807-8241, or email at [email protected]. Voicemail is available for after hours, but Walsh notes the clinic is not able to offer crisis or emergency services. The clinic is designed to be accessible, with fees charged on a sliding scale based on income.

About UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world. For more visit ok.ubc.ca.



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