The Adapt Clinic (Psychiatric Genetic Counselling)

This provincial clinic offers free (covered by MSP) genetic counselling to individuals of all ages (and / or their families) who live with a psychiatric diagnosis. The service can help individuals with mental health disorders and their family members better understand the cause and potential chances for them or their family members (eg. children) to develop a psychiatric disorder. The clinic offers individuals and families a very powerful service as it helps people better understand why they have a mental health disorder. The clinic’s counsellors can help patients reframe understandings of the causes of mental health disorders. This is the only clinic of its kind in the world! Learn more about genetic counselling on our website.

What Happens During Counselling?

Prior to the appointments, the genetic counsellor will phone clients to discuss their family history. The genetic counsellor will try to answer any questions that you may have about the causes of your or your family members' mental illness.

Appointments are free for BC residents and there are many counselling options, including:

  • In-person appointments at the Department of Medical Genetics: C234 – 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC.
  • Appointments over the phone or via Telehealth (videoconferencing) for those outside of the Lower Mainland or who have difficulty travelling.
  • Outreach clinics throughout BC are also possible with sufficient demand (currently have a recurring outreach clinic in Richmond).
  • We have access to interpreters for many languages.

How long does it take?

The genetic counselling appointments are approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length, and these are accompanied by a follow-up phone call, one month after the initial appointment.

What happens afterward?

Consult letters are written after every appointment and sent back to referring health care provider. Further appointments can be booked if patients have remaining questions and concerns to discuss.

Address / Contact Info

Department of Medical Genetics Medical Genetics BC Women's Hospital Shaughnessy Building C234
Department of Medical Genetics, BC Women's Hospital C234 - 4500 Oak Street Vancouver , BC V6H 3N1
We are located near entrance 77 at the Women's Heath Centre. Follow the signs down the hall to Medical Genetics. Leave extra time for parking.

Phone Numbers

Angela Inglis : (604) 875-2726
Emily Morris : 604-875-2000 x. 6787
Fax : (604) 875-2825

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday

Amenities

Can I bring my child?: yes
Please note there is no onsite childcare

Service Details

Cost structure: MSP
Referral criteria: Men, women, children with a personal and/or family history of mental illness
Age ranges served: all ages
Accepting new patients / clients: Accepting new clients (by referral only)
Languages spoken: Interpreters available, English

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This program was last updated on 06 Sep 2017.