Frequently Asked Questions
Who is seen at the PSC?We see adults from a range of backgrounds, with a variety of mental health concerns. These include, but are not limited to: depression and other mood disorders; anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, or panic disorder; and stress management, to name a few. The PSC serves not only the Columbus area, but the OSU community as well. Individuals from the Columbus community, as well as OSU students and staff, are welcome.
What can I expect at the Psychological Services Center?At the Psychological Services Center, we focus on each client's individual needs. We work with the client to collaboratively design a treatment program. During the first visit, a basic assessment will be made, to determine the client's needs, and whether the PSC will be able to meet those needs. Following this initial interview further assessment will be completed if necessary prior to the start of treatment. Depending on the client's needs, treatment may last weeks, months, or in some cases for a more extended period of time. Appointments typically occur weekly, for approximately 50 minutes, but may be tailored to the client's particular situation. Clients are seen by Graduate student therapists in the OSU Clinical Psychology doctoral program. These are advanced students, in their second year of training or above, who are supervised by a licensed psychologist. Extensive supervision ensures that we provide clients with high-quality care. The OSU Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
What will my first session be like?The goal of the first session is to get to know the client, and to gather information that will be important for determining the most appropriate course of treatment. Some of the information typically gathered in the first session is about the client's current concerns, social relationships, home environment, and psychological and medical history.
How much does it cost? Does the PSC require insurance?All of the services offered at the PSC are offered free of any charge and are available to all adults in the Columbus area. We do not participate in any insurance panels and we never charge for any of our services. This program is supported in full by The Ohio State University to support the training of future psychologists and as a service to the community.
How long does it take to get an appointment?This depends on clinician availability and the length of our wait list. Unfortunately, the wait list is often quite lengthy. It is difficult for us to estimate the wait period, as it fluctuates depending on client characteristics and our changing training needs. It could be two weeks or two months, so we encourage all potential clients to seek treatment at other facilities as well.
How do I schedule an appointment?Please call us at 614-292-2059 to speak to the clinic coordinator, who will gather information and answer some of your questions. Usually, our receptionist is available on Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 5:00. The administrative staff is not available evenings or weekends. After hours or when someone is not available you may leave a confidential message on the PSC voicemail. We will make every attempt to return your call within the next business day. We apologize for not being able to answer specific diagnostic questions by phone or email.
Following your initial contact with our receptionist we will make every attempt to contact you within two weeks to complete a screening interview by phone. During this brief, twenty minute phone interview our staff will ask you some questions about your current concerns. Following that interview the Clinic Director will review your information to determine which clinic might be a good match for you.
Please use the link to each Specialty Clinic that is located on the PSC home page for information regarding the treatment that each clinic provides.