We serve as a training centre of excellence for graduate students studying clinical psychology at UBC Okanagan. Student clinicians are always supervised and advised by registered clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists during all treatments.
In doing so, we provide evidence-based, high-quality, and well-supervised clinical psychology services to UBC Okanagan faculty, staff, students, and the broader Okanagan community, at a much lower cost.
We plan to continue to expand the scope of services the clinic provides, serving a greater role in this vital public health initiative.
The Psychology Clinic provides low-cost access to psychology services in a wide range of areas. We will continue to add to our services as our clinician expertise expands. Presently, our services include:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Learning Disability and Psychoeducational Assessment
- Neuropsychological Assessment
- Obsessive-compulsive Issues
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance Use
Please note, our clinic is not able to offer crisis or emergency services.
Who Can Access Our Services
At our core, we are a community clinic, committed to both our campus and our wider Okanagan community. Our clinic is open to:
- Faculty, staff, students at UBC Okanagan
- The general public
- Self-referrals or third-party referrals
Eligibility and fees for each service are determined by a variety of factors. These will be discussed individually with each client or referral source.
Virtual Walk-In Well-Being Clinic
Our Virtual Walk-In Well-Being Clinic is offering brief intervention (up to 30 minute) appointments.
Problematic Substance Use Clinic
The Problematic Substance Use Clinic is a low-barrier outpatient treatment service for individuals seeking help to reduce harm associated with their use of alcohol or other substances.
Children & Adolescents Clinic
The waitlist is now CLOSED for Child & Adolescent Psycho-educational Assessments, and we are not currently accepting referrals. Please check back for updates regarding future intakes in 2023.
A training clinic is a setting that offers psychological services to clients while also serving as a setting for trainees in professional practice in psychology to learn and develop their clinical skills, under the close supervision of experienced Registered Psychologists.
Services at our clinic are provided by Masters- and Doctoral-level graduate students from the UBC Okanagan Clinical Psychology program. Student clinicians are supervised in their work by Registered Psychologists, including the Clinic Director, Clinical Psychology Faculty and Adjunct Faculty. Supervisors do not meet with clients directly but provide close supervision of student clinicians through case discussion, review of video recordings of sessions, and review of written clinical documentation.
At this time, we are unable to accept referrals that include any of the following features:
- High suicidality or risk of violence
- Elevated levels of crisis requiring urgent intervention
- Involvement or likelihood of involvement in litigation of any kind
- Current mania
- Child or Youth Assessment for the purpose of Autism Spectrum Diagnosis
Immediate availability of our services is not guaranteed and varies throughout the academic year. Our ability to provide services varies depending on course offerings, practicum student enrollment, and specific training needs. Following are estimates of our current wait times which are subject to variation. We try to update this information as often as required (status updated: November 2023).
Individual Therapy Services: 3-4 months.
Neuropsychological Assessment Services: 18+ months. Please note we are not currently accepting assessment referrals for adult Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please check back on this webpage for future updates regarding Autism referrals.
Youth Assessments: Not accepting referrals.
Problematic Substance Use:- >1 month
Pain Intervention and Treatment: Not accepting referrals for individual therapy. Please inquire regarding potential group offerings throughout the year.
How can I send a referral?
We accept self-referrals, physician, or third-party referrals. Referrals can be made by faxing to 250-807-9675 or by email to email@example.com. All referrals are subject to review by our supervising psychologists to ensure they are a good match for our training clinic. If it is determined we are not able to provide services, we will recommend alternative resources.
An assessment appointment typically involves a client meeting with a clinician to complete a clinical interview and several evidence-based cognitive and/or emotional and personality tests.
The information gathered from the series of tests, as well as the clinical interview and review of any accompanying documentation, will inform the clinician(s) in providing a diagnosis (as may be applicable), and to also help identify appropriate treatment recommendations for the client.
Typically, there is an intake appointment, in which the clinician reviews the client’s history and reasons for seeking treatment. In addition, the client and his/her clinician establish treatment goals for what the client may aspire to achieve over the course of treatment/therapy, as well as a general timeline for reaching those goals.
Clinical psychology is the psychological specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioural health care for individuals and families; consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and research-based practice. Clinical psychology encompasses all ages, multiple diversities and varied systems.
To inquire about our services, please contact us by telephone or email.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed statutory holidays and reading breaks).
Phone: 250.807.8241 (voicemail is available after hours)
Please note, our Clinic is not able to offer crisis or emergency services.