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Brief Therapy Clinic

The Brief Therapy Clinic is an out-patient mental health service for adults 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with and are experiencing serious mental health difficulties.

The Clinic provides individual and group counselling using a skills training approach. Within an 8-12 session time-frame clients are assisted in developing coping skills that will improve their quality of life and ability to function in a meaningful way. This Clinic is an integral part of the continuum of care in the Department of Psychiatry as it provides follow-up counselling from all other Adult Mental Health services including the Inpatient Unit, the Wellness and Recovery Program, and the Urgent Clinic.

Admission Criteria:

  • Clients must be 18 years of age or older
  • Clients must have a psychiatric diagnosis according to the DSM-IV TR
  • Clients must have a medical doctor providing follow-up


This Program is not Suitable for:

  • Client exhibits psychotic symptoms
  • Client has a recent history of violence and/or acting-out behaviour
  • Client is currently involved in litigation or criminal legal proceedings
  • Client has a primary diagnosis of Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, Dementia, or Mental Retardation
  • Client is in acute crisis or suicidal at time of referral


Referral Information

Referrals are accepted from Physicians, Psychiatrists, and other Mental Health Services in the Department of Psychiatry by using an Adult Outpatient Referral Form

Click here to download the Adult Outpatient Referral Form.

Once completed, all referrals are processed by the Intake Coordinator and clients are contacted directly by a Mental Health Therapist. For further information, call 905-895-4521, ext. 2215.

Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario   L3Y 2P9
Tel: 905-895-4521   |   TTY: 905-952-3062
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