The Envision Counselling and Support Centre has expanded its reach to include a new clinic in Oxbow.
Executive director Christa Daku said that the clinic was open for the first time on August 5. A counsellor from Envision will travel to the town on Wednesdays each week to meet with clients.
The location won't be divulged for security reasons.
“Our interpersonal violence and abuse program, and our family intervention program, are going to be offered out of that office,” said Daku.
Envision noticed a few months ago that people in the small towns of the southeast corner of the province were feeling isolated from the agency's services, Daku said. They wanted individuals to be able to access some form of counselling.
“We wanted to be able to branch out a little bit in that area,” said Daku.
A lot of their clientele over the last couple years has been from the Oxbow, Carnduff and Carievale areas, Daku said. The Oxbow clinic has already attracted some clients, and now that summer is winding down, Daku expects an upswing in activity soon.
All of the referrals for the Oxbow clinic will be coming in through the Estevan office, she said. People will have to contact the Estevan office if they want to see the counsellor in Oxbow.
“It has to be appointment only, because with only one counsellor going out there, we want to ensure safety, both for the client and the counsellor, but also have some predictability,” said Daku.
Clients will be treated the same as at other Envision offices.
Envision has been working to promote the clinic, she said, and the agency will be hosting a boundaries workshop in Oxbow in September.
Daku is confident that the Oxbow office will be successful once people realize that Envision now has a presence in the community.
Finances will ultimately decide whether the clinic will be open more than once a week in the future, Daku said, or whether Envision will add other clinics in the southeast that will be open on a weekly basis.
Envision currently has offices in Estevan, Weyburn and Carlyle.