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Adult/Child Individual and Group Psychotherapy Services

We offer a variety of services extended to persons of all ages from infancy through adulthood. The following is a partial listing of services:

  • Array of Individual and Group Psychotherapy Services including specialty services (e.g. Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Personality Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, etc.)
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Stress Management/Relaxation Training
  • Behavior Management
  • Parent Management Training

Psychological Testing / Assessment / Evaluation

The clinic offers some of the most comprehensive selection of Psychological Assessment, Testing, and Evaluation in the area. These services include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Diagnostic
  • Neuropsychoglogical Testing (Cerebral Dysfunctions)
  • Intellectual Testing
  • Psychoeducational Testing (Learning Problems)
  • Personality

Neuropsychological Testing / Assessment / Evaluation

The clinic offers some of the most comprehensive selection of Psychological Assessment, Testing, and Evaluation in the area. These services include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Diagnostic
  • Neuropsychological Testing (ADHD, Concussion and other forms of Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, Epilepsy, Stroke, Mild Cognitive Impairment)
  • Intellectual Testing
  • Psychoeducational Testing (Learning Problems such as Dyslexia/Reading Disorders, Written Language Disorders, and Mathematics Disorders)
  • Personality

Consulting Services

Psychological Consulting Services (PCS) specializes in providing on-site behavioral consultation and intervention for individuals of all ages with significant cognitive impairment (i.e. mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and head injuries) who have challenging or problematic behaviors or mental health issues which are not appropriate for traditional service delivery. PCS consultants work with both the individuals and their caretakers and the organizations who are involved with these individuals to develop individualized behavior plans and interventions. PCS services address a broad range of difficulties including (but not limited to):

  • Mental health issues such as depression, conduct problems or anxiety
  • Physical aggression problems related to psychological disturbances
  • Ineffective coping strategies
  • Interpersonal and social difficulties
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Maladaptive sexual behavior

School Based Mental Health Services

The Child and Adolescent Services of the Penn State Psychological Clinic is one of the primary providers of School-Based Mental Health Services within Centre County. School-Based Mental Health Services refer to a variety of mental health interventions implemented within the school setting. To date, these interventions have included mobile therapy with children and adolescents; behavioral consultation with teachers, counselors, principals and other school personnel; group therapy with children and adolescents; and in service workshops to school personnel on various mental health topics (e.g. grief and loss, self-esteem, coping with family dysfunction).

PCS consultants work together with the individual as well as the caretakers and organizations that are involved to understand the difficulties and their causes. PCS consultants then make specific recommendations in the form of behavior plans, often focused on recommendations for change at multiple levels. Interventions may be provided to the individual and/or to caretakers and organizations and may include (but not limited to):

  • Individually focused interventions such as relaxation training, anger management training, assertiveness and social skills training, sexuality counseling, emotional expression skills, and supportive person-centered therapeutic interventions.
  • Family focused interventions such as education and training in parenting skills, development of behavior management skills and plans, family communications skills, family therapeutic interventions.
  • Organization focused interventions with school personnel and human service personnel such as education regarding mental health issues, training in behavior management skills and the specific monitoring of these plans.
  • Assessment and diagnostic services such as intellectual, psychoeducational and personality testing.

Diagnostic Clarification

Accurate diagnosis is a prerequisite towards choosing an appropriate treatment.  We work to ensure valid diagnostic information for all patients through use of very detailed and reliable interviews during the first sessions of treatment.  However, not all mental health concerns are clear cut, and certain situations may require additional attention in order to determine the best way to conceptualize a person’s problem.  Therefore, we occassionally get requests from individuals and/or other local mental health providers to help clarify diagnosis.  Depending on the nature of the question, this diagnostic process may range from a single session clinical interview to a more extensive evaluation incorporating clinical interviews, administration of various psychological tests, and gathering information from past providers and/or important individuals in a person’s life. 

Psychiatric Services

The clinic offers comprehensive adolescent, and adult psychiatric services. These services include, but are not limited to psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and psychiatric consultation.

The Penn State Anxiety Clinic

The Penn State Anxiety Clinic is a specialty clinic housed within the larger PSU Psychological Clinic and is specifically focused on the provision of state of the art anxiety-based assessment and treatment services for both child and adult clinical populations.  The Anxiety Clinic allows children/adolescents and families as well as individual adult clients who experience problems related to anxiety to receive comprehensive assessment and treatment services in a timely and efficient manner. 

For Professionals/PSU Clinical Doctoral Students

The Anxiety Clinic specialty clinic that is housed within the larger PSU Psychological Clinic provides state of the art assessment and treatment services for the entire range of Anxiety Disorders.  It also serves as a unique training opportunity for graduate students in the clinical doctoral training program at PSU to receive training with structured diagnostic interviews, provides the opportunity to become part of an assessment and treatment team that focuses on issues related specifically to anxiety disorders (both child and adult), and affords direct training in the provision of empirically-validated anxiety treatment protocols.   The Anxiety Clinic provides the Penn State Clinical faculty, Psychological Clinic staff, and doctoral students in clinical psychology with the unique opportunity to collect and analyze data relating to the treatment of anxiety disorders in a community-based mental health setting in order to enhance current etiological conceptualizations of anxiety-based disorders to further maximize the ongoing development of more efficacious psychotherapies. 

General Information for Prospective Clients

For Child/Adolescent Clients

Prior to intake 
Child application, child medical history form, questionnaires, and general clinic information forms (e.g., HIPPA notice, billing information, etc.) are either mailed to families to bring with them to the intake session or completed online prior to the intake appointment.

First session (scheduled for 2 hours): 
Both therapists initially meet together with family members to review completed forms and to further outline the assessment process and answer any questions that family members may have about Anxiety Clinic services.  Therapists then meet individually with parents and children to conduct brief (i.e., 60 minutes or less) but separate intake interviews.

Diagnostic Feedback/Treatment Recommendation Session: 
One hour feedback sessions are scheduled with family members, during which time the clinical impressions are provided and treatment recommendations are reviewed and discussed.

Treatment:
Treatment offered within the Anxiety Clinic for children/adolescents is scheduled according to the availability of clinicians and family members.  The use of state of the art empirically validated treatments for the remediation of anxiety disorders are utilized in the provision of clinical services.  This includes a time-limited structured approach to treatment, with active involvement of clients and family members in completing homework assignments between therapy sessions to maximize treatment efficacy and efficiency.

Post –Treatment Assessments:
All clients who participate in treatment at the Anxiety Clinic will receive a post-treatment clinical evaluation in order to determine the extent to which all anxiety-related clinical difficulties have been effectively remediated.  For any clients demonstrating the need or desire for continued services, appropriate clinical referrals will be provided for professionals with specialized training in anxiety-related disorders.

For Adult Clients

Prior to intake
The adult application, medical history form, questionnaires, and general clinic information forms (e.g., HIPPA notice, billing information, etc.) are either completed directly online via our secure website prior to the intake session, or are mailed to you for completion and return at or before the intake appointment.

First session (scheduled for 2 hours): 
You will meet with a therapist to complete additional forms, review forms completed, discuss additional information pertaining to the assessment and treatment process, address any questions clients may have, and to conduct a structured clinical interview that focuses primarily on anxiety-related difficulties.

Diagnostic Feedback/Treatment Recommendation Session: 
One hour feedback sessions are scheduled during which time the clinical impressions are provided and treatment recommendations are reviewed and discussed.

Treatment:
Treatment is scheduled according to the availability of clinicians and clients.  The use of state of the art empirically validated treatments for the remediation of anxiety disorders are utilized in the provision of clinical services.  This includes a time-limited structured approach to treatment, with active involvement of clients in completing homework assignments between therapy sessions to maximize treatment efficacy and efficiency.

Post –Treatment Assessments:
All clients who participate in treatment at the Anxiety Clinic will receive a post-treatment clinical evaluation in order to determine the extent to which all anxiety-related clinical difficulties have been effectively remediated.  For any clients demonstrating the need or desire for continued services, appropriate clinical referrals will be provided for professionals with specialized training in anxiety-related disorders.

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