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Therapy Clinic

The Psychological Services Center at Syracuse University provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families related to a variety of concerns, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Academic or vocational functioning
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexuality concerns
  • Substance use problems
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Your first appointment will be approximately 2 hours in length, and will include completing some questionnaires and a clinical interview with one of our student therapists. The goals of administering the questionnaires and clinical interview are to obtain information regarding your background and what led you to seek treatment. If, after review by our Director, we determine that PSC is an appropriate setting for you to receive treatment, your assigned therapist will contact you to schedule the first therapy session. Sometimes clients who are in need of different or more specialized services will be referred for treatment elsewhere. In such cases, the intake therapist explains the rationale for this decision, and assists the client in the referral process.

Therapy is an ongoing process in which you meet for weekly 50 minute sessions with a therapist. The duration of treatment will be collaboratively determined with your therapist based on your individual situation and needs. Therapy is aimed at helping you attain a better understanding of the difficulties that brought you to treatment, and may provide you with strategies and skills to help address the concerns and symptoms you are experiencing. All services are provided in an environment that is sensitive to variations in cultural background, sexual orientation, religion and other important individual differences.

ADHD & Assessment Services

The Syracuse University Psychological Services Center (PSC) offers comprehensive testing and evaluation services for adults, adolescents and children. Although a range of assessment services are available, we specialize in the assessment of Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We provide structured assessments of a client’s current psychological functioning, including the evaluation of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and challenges. We provide detailed feedback about the outcome of assessments, along with recommendations for treatment and managing symptoms.

Benefits of our assessment services:

  • Limited wait time to begin assessment. In most cases, we will be able to begin the assessment within one month.
  • Usually, only one 3 hour appointment is needed for assessment. However, depending on the reason for the psychological evaluation, the client’s age and functioning, the clinical interview and assessments may require more than one appointment.
  • A comprehensive psychological evaluation includes a clinical interview and a range of psychological tests tailored to the specific nature of the presenting concerns or referral question.
  • Each protocol is individually planned and reviewed by a licensed psychologist. Given that we are a training clinic, we plan a comprehensive battery with an array of measures. With children and adolescents, it is also important to include information from significant others, particularly parents and teachers, as well as to review prior treatment and school records.
  • Assessment reports and feedback are available quickly, usually 2 weeks after the completion of testing. A formal, integrated report of findings and recommendations will be provided to the client.
  • If specific treatment is recommended based on the assessment findings, the PSC can often provide those services.

What does an evaluation cost?

We charge a set fee for the battery of tests, scoring and report writing instead of an hourly charge. Fees for assessments are due prior to the beginning the testing.

  • Our fee for ADHD and Psychological Testing is $200 for SU and ESF students
  • Our fee for other community members is $225

Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic - Spring 2017

The Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic (CATC) is dedicated to promoting mental health in youth from all cultural communities, and to providing exceptional clinical training to doctoral students in the SU Psychology Department. We emphasize evidence-based treatment for youth ages 6-18 struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

Youth and families referred to CATC complete a comprehensive assessment to identify strengths and challenges that are affecting the youth, and these results are reviewed with the family to create a collaborative treatment plan. This 3-session intake process ensures that we fully understand the child/adolescent and the family's concerns, and that the services we offer are a good fit for both the youth and the family as a whole.

Benefits of the CATC

  • Every referral is assigned two therapists, one who will be working with the youth and one who will be working with the parent/guardian.
  • Comprehensive three-session intake that includes: individual interviews with the assigned therapists (session 1), the completion questionnaires and a short videotaped observation task to understand family relationships, strengths, and concerns (session 2), and a collaborative feedback session where the family is presented with a summary of the information collected and a plan is formulated about how to proceed for therapy (session 3).
  • A commitment to providing affordable services to families, provided on a sliding scale ranging from $15 to $35 per session with the therapists.
  • A focus on best-practices when working with youth and parent/guardians, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and working with parent/guardians to develop practical skills to support their child and improve the parent-child relationship.

What is important to know about the CATC?

  • Both youth and their parents/guardians are expected to take an active role in treatment, which includes participation in exercises both during and between sessions. We emphasize practice and participation as this is one of the most important aspects of creating meaningful and sustained changes in youth and families
  • Parents/guardians are assigned their own therapist, and they may be asked to participate in sessions (held at the same time as the youth sessions) on a weekly basis. We determine how much parents should expect to be involved on a case-by-case basis. We emphasize parent/guardian involvement as this is sometimes the most critical element of addressing youth's problems
  • At the conclusion of the three-session intake, the family is presented with a menu of options for continued therapy, which may include continuing on with regular appointments at the CATC or being referred to another provider. If services are provided at the CATC after the intake, the assigned therapist may be different than the individuals who conducted the intake
  • The CATC is being offered during the spring of 2017 (January-May 2017), however there may be options to continue seeing therapists at the SU Psychological Services Center after the spring which will be determined on a case-by-case basis