Department of Psychology has officially announced the opening of the new ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic, also known as the PASS Clinic. The clinic offers patients both short and long-term treatments in the areas of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, healthy weight management, smoking cessation services and women's health services. Both the healthy weight services and smoking cessation services are NCFLEX approved.
Healthy weight services are available to children, adolescents, adults and families who struggle with weight management. This program is not a diet program but provides evidence-based treatment that focuses on making small, non-restrictive lifestyle changes that result in maintained weight loss, and addresses the thoughts, behaviors and emotional factors that contribute to weight gain. Group and individual treatment services are available, along with short-term treatment or long-term follow-up care.
Smoking cessation services are available to individuals interested in reducing or stopping the use of tobacco and nicotine. The program offers a component to help prevent weight gain often associated with smoking cessation. In addition, with the nicotine replacement therapy, Dr. Marian Swinker at the Office of Prospective Health offers an evaluation and prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a short-term, evidence-based treatment approach available to adults who suffer from emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression and stress. Cognitive-behavioral therapy also is available for individuals interested in reducing their drinking, or who wish to abstain from alcohol or drugs.
Women's health services provide confidential therapy to individual women, or couples, who are experiencing personal stress or mental health issues. Concerns addressed may include stress, depression, anxiety, PTSD, or coping with relationships, fertility or chronic pain.
The PASS Clinic is located on the third floor of the Rawl Building in room 311, Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The ECU PASS Clinic does not provide emergency services or medical treatment, but will work with an individual's physician, or refer the patient to a medical provider if he or she is interested in medical treatment in addition to the therapy provided by the clinic.
Individuals may seek PASS Clinic services, or inquire about the availability of programs, by calling the clinic office at 252-737-4180. There is no charge for an initial consultation.