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CTV Morning Live Vancouver | Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Health and Wellness


Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women's Clinic are advanced health facilities that give working men and women the opportunity to explore their problem drinking or drug use, mental health, and/or trauma while also building camaraderie with other men, women, and professionals experiencing similar issues. This shared experience has been shown to provide the most therapeutic value. 

Our desire to provide advanced and specialized mental health care for people continues to grow since opening in 2004. We are a licensed residential mental health and addiction treatment program that has been accredited since 2012 and a certified B Corp since 2018. Our philosophy is based on a non-12-step, meaning-centered model that interconnects all our services including medical withdrawal, anger management, rTMS, trauma therapy, and PTSD treatment. While other centres focus on abstinence or harm reduction, we focus on helping our clients solve the underlying issues driving addictive behaviour or mental health suffering. This allows all clients to get the full benefit of our program.

We believe that every client deserves to have a highly-skilled, compassionate, and curious team of professionals to help them. Our team provides a very wide range of proven health treatments such as EMDR, Hypnotherapy, and Somatic Counselling because while some treatments help many, nothing works for everyone. Our extensive team of staff and limited peer group size lets us offer the services of a large facility with the privacy and attention of a small one.



Our medical and psychiatric services include assessment and diagnosis, withdrawal management (detox), medication management, psychotropic drug therapy, and ongoing monitoring throughout your stay. Medical and psychiatric assessments form the basis of treatment plans and are critical to treating any co-existing mental health issues.

Our on-site Medical Program provides immediate treatment to clients who would otherwise face significant obstacles in finding withdrawal management (aka detox). This is especially true for clients who use alcohol heavily. Heavy alcohol users are at great risk during the medical withdrawal process and should not detox without medical oversight. A 7-day Medical Program is also available for individuals planning to attend outpatient addiction treatment in their home community.

Our counselling therapies help clients explore how they see the world and their place in it, with the goal of personal healing and growth. Our clinical staff is trained in numerous therapeutic techniques such as Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy. Counsellors use techniques that best suit the client.  

In our mental health and drug and alcohol treatment programs, you receive daily group therapy and a minimum of one individual counselling session each week. By combining Meaning-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, we are able to offer various individualized non 12-step treatment options based on your needs identified by you and recommendations of our clinical staff.



Our trauma program includes intensive medical, psychiatric, and psychological care in both 1-1 appointments with counsellors and in groups. The therapies in our trauma program are designed to help you make sense of your suffering and pain, allowing you to move forward and pursue a meaningful life. These therapies are also designed to help build self regulation skills to deal with stress, anxiety, anger, depression, detachment, isolation, and other symptoms of trauma.

Our Integrated Health team provides fitness and nutrition consultations for all clients and continues to work with clients throughout their stay to develop their personalized treatment plan. Clients also see massage therapists and an Occupational Therapist.