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Brian Reid PhD - Clinical Counsellor

Searidge Alcohol Rehab

Brian Reid PhD is a clinical counsellor at Searidge Alcohol Rehab; providing individual and group therapy to residents and developing sustainable drug addiction recovery plans. His clinical goal is to help residents use positive psychology to identify their strengths and build adaptive strategies to nurture those strengths.

At Searidge, Dr. Reid primarily focuses on working with patients who have personality issues related to addiction. With empathic concern, he helps them focus on positive emotions examines contentment with past events, present happiness, and plans for the future. The goal is to discover personal strengths, including capacity for relationships and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, and self-control. Positive psychology is a scientific study of assets that help individuals lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, cultivate their virtues, and enhance experiences with family, work, and play.

Professional Experience

Before coming to Searidge, Brian was on the faculty of Meritus University and served two years on the Community Health Board for Annapolis County. In three countries, he has helped people build personal strengths in three areas: emotions, individual cognitive traits, and work ethic.

He earned his masters degree in educational psychology at the University of British Columbia working with a First Nations population. Dr. Reid’s dissertation research at Simon Fraser University focused on individuals’ emotions and cognitions associated with failure and success events in their lives.

He continues to engage with research into risk behaviour and healthcare- he served as contributing analyst to a study on risk behaviour in the middle schools of Alexandria “Youth Risk Behavior Survey: A Final Report” (2007, 2008) as well as media such as The Chronicle Herald: “All talk, no action won’t fix health care”.


Brian enjoys reading, writing, running, teaching, and helping people meet their personal health goals.

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind." -William James

Professional Credentials

  • MA Educational Psychology (UBC)
  • PhD Simon Fraser University
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National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers International Security for Traumatic Stress Studies The Canadian Positive Psychology Association The Association for Addiction Professionals